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Jan 26, 2010
 Apparently some readers are not familiar with Henry's snoose, (or  sometimes spelled snus.) It is a powdered dipping tobacco that you place between your lip and gum. Snus (or snoose) is a wet form... Read More...
Jan 25, 2010
 My knees are sore thanks to the nice weather ( well, relatively nice: sunshine, and  mild temperatures in the mid to high 20s, although it is kind of windy, especially on the Skagway side of town)  ... Read More...
Jan 23, 2010
 Here is an email I received about the baby from my sister Kathleen in N.Y.: Hi  Granny, Can you e-mail me Sarah's mailing address and  phone# Do  you think she'd prefer clothing or silver for... Read More...
Jan 23, 2010
So Kathleen emails me back and says "Empress Caroline? In this economy I should be able to find a tiara lying around." Actually, Caroline looks just fine without any bling. She doesn't need silver or... Read More...
Jan 21, 2010
We are having a party to celebrate Ellen (30 years) and Reba's (20 years) combined 50 years of service to the library today from 4-6. Please join me ( and lots of other folks) for refreshments and... Read More...
Jan 20, 2010
 Jacob Weerasinghe, 5,  raised over 250 dollars Saturday for Haitian earthquake victims at Lutak Lumber  selling hot cocoa. "His Uncle Roger bought two cups for forty dollars and someone else gave a... Read More...
Jan 20, 2010
 Lucy said that all you have to do to get a baby to sleep is put them in the hat rack on your plane and fly to 5,000 feet. She said the same thing works for ornery drunks, although they sometimes... Read More...
Jan 19, 2010
Light snow covered the car this morning as Eliza left for Morning Muscles class at 5:45. The snow banks in the driveway are like walls, taller than the car roof, and the road was white. The lights of... Read More...
Jan 18, 2010
 As I watched a TV news clip of the Navy hospital ship Comfort cruising to Haiti to help with the relief effort, my first thought was that the cruise lines (that also frequent Alaska in the summer)... Read More...
Jan 18, 2010
 Today I am housekeeping, answering mail, and getting organized. (The Christmas lights really should come off the porch.) But I wanted you to know that the Alaska Dispatch column about the baby's... Read More...
Jan 16, 2010
 They call the new obstetric wing of the Bartlett hospital "Bartlett Beginnings". The birthing rooms are the kind I had hoped to have when I was injured and in a nursing home. They are big and airy... Read More...
Jan 15, 2010
 Caroline Cooper Elliott arrived at 10:32 am at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She weighs 7lbs. 13oz. and has big blue eyes, long arms and legs and an animated face. She watches everything. She is so... Read More...
Jan 14, 2010
Yes, yesterday brought high excitement. Timing and breathing and walking up and down the halls. But by last night little baby Caroline decided she'd rather sleep in the womb than the cute little... Read More...
Jan 13, 2010
It is not  a good idea to have jalapenos on pizza. We tried that last night and no one felt very good afterwards.  The baby, it seems, is the only one that didn't have indigestion. She's quite... Read More...
Jan 12, 2010
Sarah says she will be the first woman who is pregnant forever, and that we all should get used it. So today, instead of talking a gentle walk in the snow and sipping raspberry leaf tea, we have... Read More...
Jan 10, 2010
 So far, here is the advice my daughter has received about how to have that baby: drink raspberry leaf tea and have sex, gently. (No comment, I'm trying to be a very good mother-in-law.) Long walks,... Read More...
Jan 09, 2010
No baby yet. The movie was wonderful, emotional, and just right. Except we didn't need the towel. All is calm, all is dark. 
Jan 08, 2010
 Sarah and I walked the dog in the rain this afternoon out on the tidal flats by the Juneau airport. She is not moving like someone about to give birth. We went to Costco afterwards and no one looked... Read More...
Jan 05, 2010
 Hertz called this morning as I was running around finishing an obituary and packing for Juneau. I have to be at the ferry at 11am, and then will join Sarah and Brian to wait for the baby. She is due... Read More...
Jan 04, 2010
While you are beginning the week with resolutions to eat less and exercise more, 35 families in the Chilkat Valley are hungry enough to ask for help meeting their needs. 35 families  depend on the... Read More...
Jan 03, 2010
There is hard, green, smooth ice on Chilkoot Lake. The only trouble is that it is way out, farther than you think, which is a challenge with children. There's a good mile, or maybe more, of bumpy... Read More...
Jan 02, 2010
 The Polar Bear swim went off without a hitch. Leo the Logger did not wear his union suit into the surf this year like he did last year, he had on a red Speedo. And Michelle Stigen has now won the... Read More...
Jan 01, 2010
 Tom was here last night and he says he has about 15 wooden pallets to burn down on the beach to keep the annual Polar Bear swimmers warm. Which is a good thing since it is about 15 degrees and the... Read More...
Dec 31, 2009
My favorite Christmas movie is It's A Wonderful Life. I love it that George Bailey saves Bedford Falls from becoming Pottersville. I love that he gets a chance to see what life would have been like... Read More...
Dec 30, 2009
My friend Tony Tengs called today from Juneau, out of the blue, a blue moon gift, it seemed. Tony is a songwriting genius, find him and The Preserves at iTunes and have a listen. My current favorites... Read More...

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