Heather's Blog

Nov 21, 2013
A winter weather advisory is sometimes a good thing-- as today it seems, it's wise to heed it. The wind nearly turned us back on our morning dog walk, but we made it, ducking into the brush where we could, for some relief, and all covered completely except for one narrow strip to see between...
Nov 19, 2013
Days like today I think I may never do my job again. I spent the lovely moonset of a morning with a family whose 26 year-old son was found dead following an extensive search last week. I listened to good stories about happier times around their comfortable kitchen table. As I write the obituary it...
Nov 17, 2013
Look, I want to love this world as though it's the last chance I'm ever going to get to be alive and know it.  --Mary Oliver, from her poem October 
Nov 15, 2013
The windy wet weather has been blown back to sea by a strong northerly delivering blue skies and promising single digits. That's how it is, gray skies clear. The sun sets and it rises.  While the weather has been mild, it has been anything but a gentle week. My 90 year-old swimming pool...
Nov 13, 2013
This morning I said "thank you" right out loud, for this beach, this place, this day, this town-- and especially the for the Planning Commission and its chair Rob Goldberg who crafted the non-motorized ordinance for the Chilkat Beach at the residents' request, Mayor Stephanie...
Nov 12, 2013
1. It's icy. Be careful driving and walking. 2. The keep the Chilkat River Beaches non-motorized ordinance has a first hearing tonight at 6:30. If you can't make it contact an assembly person to voice support. What a great thing the assembly can do for us all, forever. 3.The bald eagle...
Nov 11, 2013
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month since WW I ended 95 years ago I was babysitting my granddaughters, the great-grandchildren of two WW I veterans. At the close of the day I met with the recent widow of a WW II veteran to write his obituary by the wood...
Nov 10, 2013
"Do what must be done with special care and zeal so that doing it can change our consciousness and carve our souls into the kind of beauty that comes from simple things. It is so easy to go through life looking feverishly for special ways to find God when God is most of all to be found in...
Nov 08, 2013
It is always a mistake to check my own books' Amazon reviews, but Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs has been having a good run lately, so I stopped in. I should have known better. What a mistake. Here is the "most recent" review:    “I'm still in the...
Nov 07, 2013
Here is a pointer, in case you smash the tip of your finger in a wood-splitter and it swells up and hurts like heck. Don't unwind a paper clip and sterilize the end with  a match and press into the nail. That won't work. Also, a needle probably won't poke through the hard nail...
Nov 05, 2013
Ever have one of those moments, when for just a second, everything fits, in a kind of Karmic way? That happened to me yesterday. I was already thinking about saints, and all the people I knew who are no longer with us, as Sunday was All Saints Day at church, when we sing my favorite hymns, and as a...
Nov 04, 2013
It was snowing on Mt. Ripinsky when Pearl and I began our walk this morning. By the time we got home a few flurries were flying. At  morning tea-time the ground is much whiter. We had a frost yesterday that was hard enough that in spite of the sunshine and blue sky  the shady playground...
Nov 03, 2013
First, read all about Haines High grad and my neighbor, Kyle Fossman's UAA game against BYU in the Anchorage Daily News (they didn't win but in the exhibition game against a D1 school, UAA & Kyle were tough) and then check out the feature and slide show of the new Haines...
Nov 03, 2013
Riding bikes yesterday with my friend Rob from Juneau, I asked if he cycled to work. "I walk," he said. It's only 3/4 of  a mile from his condo to the office. Then he said his daily discipline is to pick up one piece of trash each way. He said you'd think there would be days...
Nov 01, 2013
Maybe it's because today is November, or maybe it's because I'm a little light headed from the Fall Flush (sans Halloween candy, sans red wine, sans cheese with my apples), but it's probably because when you take away a few things you become thankful for what you do have, and you...
Oct 30, 2013
Yes, Haines is once again sort of famous. Or at least in a lot of mail boxes this week. The Snow 2013 issue of the Patagonia Catalog has a dramatic Haines avalanche on the cover. Which made my heart stop after the fatal accidents of the last two heli-ski seasons. The good news is that the boarder...
Oct 29, 2013
Halloween keeps on giving in Haines through the weekend--  The Babbling Book has Halloween stickers and tattoos and next door at Buckshot and Bobby Pins there are wigs. The Uglys haunted house will be open 6:00 to about 8:30 on Halloween in the ANB Hall, and the  Pioneer iPod DJ...
Oct 28, 2013
This morning was the first day of the Fall Flush with the Well& Fit group-- two weeks of cleansing and re-energizing myself thanks to giving up at least 2, hopefully more (and reducing the rest), -- of wheat, dairy, sugar, coffee & alcohol. And adding 20 minutes (or more) of a new activity...
Oct 27, 2013
"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."- Martin Luther  
Oct 25, 2013
We are turning Halloween into a week long event this year-- starting tonight with the Trick or Trot 5k fun run and walk at 5:30 in Dalton City, no matter what the weather. (A headlamp is a good idea.) There will be a fire pit, hot drinks, and prizes for the best costumes (which you trot around town...
Oct 24, 2013
Well, there will be plenty to talk about over coffee for a few days, maybe longer, now that hunting guide and fisherman Ron Martin has admitted to, and been sentenced for, five hunting related felonies involving area bears and goats. He can't guide again and won't be getting his plane back...
Oct 23, 2013
If you have a fur hat, put it on. Then check the bindings on your snowshoes. The first snow of the season is falling on Mt. Ripinsky, from the summit right on down the flanks-- perhaps all the way to the microwave tower, it's hard to tell from the sea-level windy wet perspective of a morning...
Oct 23, 2013
  The rain is not snow, yet, at least down in town, but I'm guessing this downpour is whitening up the mountains. (It's still too dark to see, and even then, from the sounds of the wind and rain on the roof I probably won't see it anyway.) The veteran's home is going up...
Oct 22, 2013
That's how it always works, isn't it? The minute you comment on the fine weather, it changes. We had the first frost last night, which meant I had to scrape the windshield this morning before Morning Muscles, but the stars and moon were still out and there were no bears in sight, although...

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