Heather's Blog

Jun 04, 2014
The earthquake was at 3:58 AM  49 miles west of Haines, just over the mountains from my house, toward Yakutat. I suppose on a clear morning I could almost see it from here. It woke me up with a jolt, and as soon as the rolling quit I checked to see if there were tsunami warnings...
Jun 03, 2014
It's a rainy morning, which means a day off from the cycling. I mean, why ride in the rain when you don't have to? We've had so many nice days this spring that a little rain is a relief.  It's a good day to finish the obituary of my friend Glenn, he lived in Juneau, but we...
Jun 01, 2014
"For today, each moment is prickly with detail and can only be made sensible by love."- John Straley from the poem "The Map and Territory of Love."
May 30, 2014
I am using an iPad, and the wi - fi is sketchy and I can only read about ten lines at a time in my text -- so please forgive me any errors and if you repost, maybe you will fix them for me? ... Oh I am such a Luddite.
May 30, 2014
Yesterday morning by 7 I had already pedaled my bike up to the White Pass summit and back down to Skagway. This morning I'm drinking coffee in bed. I only tell you about my ride to brag. I'm shameless, and perhaps a little crazy. But I have had a goal since I nearly died of hypothermia last year in...
May 30, 2014
Yesterday morning by 7 I had already pedaled my bike up to the White Pass summit and back down to Skagway. This morning Im drinking coffee in bed. I only tell you about my ride to brag. I'm shameless, and perhaps a little crazy. But I have had a goal since I nearly died of hypothermia last year in...
May 28, 2014
I am off to Skagway for the North Words writing symposium today through Sunday. Which means I will miss John Hagen's opening at the museum Friday. He will be exhibiting a series of photographs of the Chilkat Beaches where John and I often meet while walking dogs. His images are black and white...
May 27, 2014
My father Papa Bob was here a week, and since it was only a week, and since the sun was shining, and since the family has all (just about all, we missed a son-in-law who is hunting in the Aleutians and a son who is crewing on a fishing boat that's in Seattle right now) been hanging...
May 20, 2014
I missed the inaugural Letter Nerds gathering at the library last night. The new group has formed to promote the old art of paper correspondence. (Cards, paper and stamps will be provided at meetings), because my dad, Papa Bob, the sun worshiper is here, so it figures that it is now raining...
May 19, 2014
It is the time of year when some folks hunt black bear for meat. Black bears are the pork of rural Alaska. (The butcher will turn ours into sausage and brats.) But there is more to this first hunt of the year than food.  There is something that calls male hunters, especially, to the woods...
May 18, 2014
"Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work."- Anna Quindlen
May 15, 2014
The forecast is for record heat the next few days. 70s! and sunny too, which is nice for weddings (there's at least one on Saturday, the first of about 8 this summer, I believe) and building ( there's all kinds of hammering and digging and pouring of concrete. And robins and eagles...
May 13, 2014
I just talked to my friend Tim who is in Montana preparing to bury his mother-- she had been declining a while-- and she was old, and as he said, it was time. But it's never easy. He said her wish was for me to write her obituary, and so I will. I actually don't so much write them as I...
May 11, 2014
  "You hear a lot of dialogue on the death of the American family. Families aren't dying. They're merging into big conglomerates."- Erma Bombeck   And.. a word of advice to mothers of all stripes from my Mother's Day card: "It's all fun and games until...
May 08, 2014
There is so much to tell you that I'm a little overwhelmed. I don't even have kids in school anymore-- but those poor parents (and teachers) are exhausting me from just seeing the many end-of-the-year celebrations and events. Prom, concerts, the track meet this weekend, the art show, bike...
May 06, 2014
The best news I've heard in a longtime is that Haines is getting a Zamboni for our natural-ice-outdoor hockey rink built and maintained by an all volunteer crew at the Fairgrounds. Turns out the mayor of Haines Junction, Yukon Territory ( about 160 miles over the pass from here, pop. about 600...
May 04, 2014
"For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to you, O Lord."- The Book of Common Prayer
May 03, 2014
 Yesterday at four when my daughter and two of the grand daughters-- Ivy (almost 2) and Caroline (4)-- and I headed for ice cream at the Hungry Moose the bank sign flashed 70. Which means everyone was dressed for 90. Little children were in sun rompers, their moms and babysitters in tank...
Apr 30, 2014
It was cold riding alongside the frosty swamps this morning after a week in sunny (and hot) Solvang. (At least for us 70s and sunny is hot. My forearms are peeling.) We had a great time, and rode lots of big (and small) hills-- even Mt. Figueroa-- which was a ten mile climb beyond category, or...
Apr 18, 2014
I will be away from my desk-- and thus the blog-- until April 29th. Chip and I are going to grown-up bike camp in California, which should be really fun. I will tell you about it when I return. Stoli is tending the chickens, and the trusty housesitter and her entourage (it's complicated,...
Apr 16, 2014
I started to try and tell you all that's going on at the library this week-- ( I know, I missed Joe's slide show last night because it was so nice out and I wasn't paying attention to the time, with these late sunny evenings it's hard-- ) But decided to tack the poster here instead...
Apr 14, 2014
There was a moment yesterday afternoon, when the sky was bright, the tide was out, and the wind was blowing just strong enough to fly my granddaughter's kite, that I thought, "If a fairy godmother appears right now and gives me the option of  instantly being anywhere else in the...
Apr 13, 2014
  “I believe that appreciation is a holy thing--that when we look for what's best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we're doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we're participating in something sacred.”  ~ Fred...
Apr 11, 2014
It's been a busy week.  It's amazing how much I can do when a book is done. I cleaned the chicken, lunchbox yoga-d,  stacked the last cord of firewood from the shed onto the porch, Morning Muscle-d, swam, paid up my swim-a-thon pledges,  sent a check to Mark Begich...
Apr 08, 2014
   If you live in Haines then I am sure  you know 'em  It's where Heather writes your obit and Christy writes your poem.- John Schnabel   John wrote this little ditty about my weird occupation- obituary writer-- and Christy Fowler's elegiac poems...

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