Heather's Blog

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...
Apr 08, 2014
Well, we can hope.  I should have been suspicious when one friend said she came down with food poisoning on the ferry on her way home from a winter Outside, but her husband didn't, and no one else on board seemed to either. Or Sunday night when Dave (of the terrific Dave and Mandy folk duo...
Apr 07, 2014
My favorite typo of the month, okay maybe ever, is on Jim Greene's Alaska Weather Calendar, which is also my favorite calendar ever, as it has all kinds of weather information not available anywhere else. In April in addition to all the monthly climate data from precip to daylight,...
Apr 06, 2014
"We talk about how the world is changing, but what we're really talking about is how we are changing the world. It doesn't have to be. I've yet to see a man improve a tree." -- Kim Heacox in The Only Kayak
Apr 05, 2014
Ivy's face says it all. Oh no! Snow! It figures, since her sister Caroline found the Christmas decorations in a closet last night and set up the little tree, and had me read (and sing) The Twelve Days of Christmas while she hung the corresponding ornaments on it-- from the partridge to the...
Apr 03, 2014
I have been living on coffee, brown rice and dates, madly typing with two (sore) fingers this week, and have hardly budged from my keyboard. I have not gotten out much at all in  the last two months either, except to get a little fresh air or exercise (or do what I absolutely must)...
Mar 30, 2014
  “Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made and His praise glorified.”  - Bah...
Mar 27, 2014
My daughter Sarah had to take a picture of the low tide view out the back door last night, but I liked the inside scenery even more. In real news-- The Choose Respect walk for domestic violence awareness and prevention is today at 11:30 on Main Street,  the revived downtown...
Mar 25, 2014
The volunteer fire department doused a boiling brush fire down at the south end of the Chilkat River Beaches Recreation Area this afternoon-- and luckily a north wind was blowing which pushed it toward the Carr's Cove rocks and away from the homes down here-- like mine. The response by the fire...
Mar 25, 2014
I walked on the windy beach this morning with friends and our dogs, and we remembered Art Jess. The longtime community leader died Saturday at his home here. He had been declining, but it was unexpected, his wife Leanne said. He was 83. I do think "leader" is more than safe to...
Mar 24, 2014
I mean this with all due the respect. Evelyn Arbuckle's memorial service out at the Covenant Life Center farm community center was great. The whole morning was, from the drive out the highway in the spring sunshine, crossing the bridge made famous on Gold Rush Alaska, waving at the...
Mar 23, 2014
"It isn't the big troubles in life that require character. Anybody can rise to a crisis and face a crushing tragedy with courage, but to meet the petty hazards of the day with a laugh-- I really think that requires spirit."  From Jean Webster's novel, Daddy-Long Legs
Mar 21, 2014
Oh I just love Spring when it rolls in like this-- what another beautiful day- with sunny skies in the forecast all weekend, highs near 40, and overnight lows in the teens. What is not to love about these long light days? The sunshine in the windows has us up and at 'em early-- Chip is leaving...
Mar 19, 2014
Looking toward the Kicking Horse this morning I said a prayer for Aaron and for his mother, especially. The 31 year-old SEABA heli-ski guide from Oregon who was caught in an avalanche up there Saturday has died from his injuries. His family donated his organs. There...
Mar 18, 2014
As my editor Tom at the Chilkat Valley News reminds me, news is when things don't  go the way they are supposed to.Haines has been making news lately. We are all still waiting word from the radio station on the fate of Aaron Karitis, a 31 year-old Oregon based heliski guide for...
Mar 17, 2014
    I was in the first annual Dennis Miles Memorial 10K on Saturday. (Which turned out to be more of an 8K, but that was fine.) I hadn’t planned on entering, rather figured I’d just putz after the start, but my husband, who has organized his share of community running...
Mar 16, 2014
An Irish Prayer:   These things, I warmly wish for you- Someone to love, some work to do, A bit of o' sun, a bit o' cheer. And a guardian angel always near.  
Mar 14, 2014
I'm coming back to life after the flu that won't quit. I hate being ill, I am too healthy for this. Oh well. Here is what you need to know--  best selling Alaskan author Don Rearden is speaking at the library today at 4, don't miss him-- if that's possible for you-- and...
Mar 12, 2014
Here is something to try that may help you deal with situations that are less than ideal that I learned from my hostess this weekend in Fairbanks. She said her Lenten practice is to remind herself that she is in these places-- these sick rooms, these contentious meetings, the grocery...
Mar 10, 2014
I really wanted to show you the incredible ice sculptures from Fairbanks-- there are so many-- but I forgot my good camera, and I only had my phone with me in the ice park and my hands froze trying to swipe and press the right buttons, plus I am such a Luddite I cannot figure out how the heck to...
Mar 07, 2014
I recently read a little book of great advice titled Steal Like an Artist by a guy who makes art by blacking out words in newspapers-- and more-- but that type of work, named Austin Kleon. It's a quick, simple, but good read. It gave me a lot to think about and jump started me a bit...

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