Heather's Blog

Apr 18, 2013

This morning as we were walking a whole pack of dogs on the beach (there were three humans and five canines) we marveled at how this time yesterday it was snowing but by the evening it was clear and calm and the inlet was full of birds and smelled like May. John said the good thing about this...

Apr 17, 2013

 It's snowing. I know, 'nuff said.  There's music in the stacks from noon-1 at the library featuring Dr. Feldman on his concertina. Tomorrow at noon it' s that wayfaring mariner Scott Pearce & Friends band "Howl's Pals" and Friday it's Liz Marantz Falvey on violin and...

Apr 17, 2013

 

Here's a little spring verse, set to motions and music for the young and the young at heart. Words by Emily Dickinson tune by Nancy Nash-- (But you can make up or borrow your own if you don't know...

Apr 16, 2013

Am I the only one who couldn't sleep last night after all those horrific images from Boston? I won't look anymore. The radio is enough. How could anyone be so evil? All I kept thinking about was when my husband ran the 100th anniversary...

Apr 14, 2013

New Year's resolutions and good wishes really should be made in the Spring, when so much more seems possible than in January.

Here's one I love, from Maxine Kumin's poem, Magellan Street, 1974:

This is the year, in a kitchen

you brighten with pots of basil...

Apr 13, 2013

The sun is out, the snow is mostly gone, the geese are back in the ponds on the beach, and my neighbor Betty saw her first hummingbird. No doubt the little guy rode up on the back of a goose. Is that true? Or an old wives's tale? Is it just a coincidence they arrive at the same time? Speaking of...

Apr 11, 2013

 At Morning Muscles this morning I asked Marnie if the reason my formally achy joints  felt so good is because of the yoga cleanse. I mean, does this mean I never can have coffee again?( Ice cream? Pizza? Wine!? ) How will I write another book? The good news is she suspects the daily...

Apr 09, 2013

 Can you tell I heard Dr. Thomas Thornton speak last night at the library on the importance of place names in Tlingit culture? His latest book, Haa Leek'w Has Saax'u/ Our Grandparents' Names on Land, has just...

Apr 07, 2013

About a year and a half ago my friend Rene asked me to write her obituary. While I had all the notes, and was able to visit her a week before she died, I still felt like it was really bad luck to finish it before her life was complete. After she died Monday evening, I went to work. It was hard...

Apr 05, 2013

If you are heading out for a walk on the beach bundle up. There's a brisk north wind and it's in the twenties-- but oh, the sunshine and the snowy mountains make this time of year so beautiful! My neighbor has been cleaning out her greenhouse, and I've washed a few windows. Also, it's that time...

Apr 04, 2013

The yoga spring cleanse continues. I feel better today and am only on one cup of half  de-caf. My question is, after hearty crock pot beans and rice last night and stewed prunes, apricots and fresh ginger this morning, should I really go to noon yoga? 

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Apr 03, 2013

It's a busy sad day-- writing my friend Rene's obituary. She died Monday night at home in Juneau of breast cancer. One of her last letters said she was living in hope and acceptance. That's seems to me to be the best way to face life-- no matter what your diagnosis is. And that is about all I...

Apr 02, 2013

Coconut oil-- who knew? I'm part of a yoga spring cleanse -- we are eating whole foods only, and no sugar, wheat, caffeine, alcohol or dairy and doing yoga daily- I know it's kind of like Lent, but later, but after the Easter ham and candy I'm okay with it. Anyway, one of the ingredients that we...

Mar 31, 2013

From Sara Miles'  gracious and funny Christian memoir, Take This Bread :

"It may seem crazy, at this point in history, to assert that any religion-- much less Christianity, the religion of our contemporary empire, of the powerful and intolerant-- can be a...

Mar 29, 2013

Holy Week and Easter celebrations kind of snuck up on me, no doubt traveling home from Hawaii all day Palm Sunday had something to with that. I’m not the only one who seems to be surprised by Easter this year-- most of my friends are too, and there are grand openings   puppet shows...

Mar 26, 2013

 It is hard to believe that just a few days ago I was wading in the warm Pacific and today I walked Pearl in full winter gear in a snowy gale. Still, this is good unpacking weather. And yes, we had a...

Mar 13, 2013

Oh great. Fireman Al and Lyle are on the radio giving the weekly Safety Report and it's all about the hazards of traveling Outside just as I am packing for a trip to Hawaii for spring break with my daughters and grandbabies. The list of hazards is endless-- from lost tickets to lost children--...

Mar 10, 2013

"There is no mistaking love. You feel it in your heart. It is the common fiber of life, the flame of that heats our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives. It is our connection to God and to each other." - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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Mar 09, 2013

Our girls did not fare as well against Craig, but since the tourney is double elimination they are still in it, and play Metlakatla-- again-- at 11:30 today. The game will be broadcast on KHNS, where you can also find more tournament info.

Also, while I have your attention, here is the...

Mar 08, 2013

 Oh my gosh- what a great game last night at the regional basketball tournament in Sitka. We listened on the radio. How fun was that to hear the Haines Lady Glacier Bears beat the Metlakatla Miss Chiefs in overtime? And Riley! I almost died for her when she was fouled attempting a three...

Mar 07, 2013

This is a counterpoint to  Extreme Grief, the NY Times story I linked yesterday from Adventure Journal, which I think you may find enlightening, as well. 

 

Mar 06, 2013

With all that has happened this week in Haines, and the memories of last March suddenly fresh, thought you'd all like to read this recent article from the New York Times about Haines and heli-skiing, and parental love and risk, titled...

Mar 06, 2013

Sometimes I wonder how so much good and bad can happen in such a short time. Friday night we watched the Telluride Mountain Film Festival. It was part of a fundraiser for the fair and the watershed council held at the fairgrounds. The first film drew applause because it was shot right here, in...

Mar 04, 2013

I am up too early. Sitting at the kitchen counter sipping coffee. The fire is popping in the stove, the radio is on low, with the news. Our news, that a heli-skiing accident yesterday killed one guide, and seriously injured two clients, hasn’t made the loop yet. But it will, I’m sure...

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