Heather's Blog

Dec 18, 2013
I was supposed to be in Juneau to read a piece I wrote about the Snow Dragon, the parade, and the Lighting of the Fort-- my favorite Haines Christmas traditions, for a KTOO and 360 North holiday special on Thursday,  visit my daughters,  and then from Juneau head up to Anchorage for...
Dec 15, 2013
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don't give up.”  -- Anne Lamott  
Dec 12, 2013
Winter storm warnings continue through 4pm today, with an additional 4-10 inches predicted, and it's blowing all over and colder. The roads are better this morning than they were yesterday afternoon, the plow guys are doing a great job, but be sure to dress for the weather in case you do a...
Dec 11, 2013
"Sometimes our best efforts do not go amiss," writes Sheenagh Pugh, in her poem Sometimes, which I've been reciting all morning with gratitude and a happy heart, because last night the Haines Borough Assembly voted to zone the Chilkat Beaches recreational and non-...
Dec 10, 2013
    It's sort of funny that Father Jim Blaney's Sitka funeral mass was streamed live on the web  since he didn't  approve of the Internet. He was a face-to-face kind of guy who talked frankly, loudly, and often, to everyone, anywhere. He was 76 when he...
Dec 09, 2013
I had a major meltdown this morning when I learned that the ordinance keeping the Chilkat River beach from Carr's Cove to Cemetery Hill non-motorized may not pass tomorrow night because a former mayor and current assemblyman in favor of the ordinance had to leave town to be near his...
Dec 08, 2013
  “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would...
Dec 06, 2013
Honestly, the reason I haven't been better at keeping you posted is not personal. I'm just disorganized. Well, that, and I've been spending the week with a baby, and toddlers and computers don't mix. You have to pay attention to children. There are stories to read, snacks to prepare...
Dec 02, 2013
Well, we actually did fly out in the blustery rain on Thanksgiving-- and because it was in doubt one feast was delayed a day and another was added, so instead of having no Thanksgivings we had two in a row-- one Thursday and one Friday. The flight to Juneau was a tad scary, but the ferry home...
Dec 01, 2013
  "This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine. This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine. This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine- Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, shine, shine!"- A Sunday school song...
Nov 28, 2013
I am not up early making stuffing and rolls, washing the napkins, cleaning like crazy-- Instead, my bag is packed and I'm ready to go and hoping daylight brings the sound of a small plane flying over the house so we can make it to Juneau for dinner with the family there.There have been no...
Nov 26, 2013
Wear your ice grippers! There's ice under this lovely new snow, even on the beaches and trails.  (Micro-spikes on a chains are available at the Back Country Outfitter and are the best for all-terrain hikers. )A trekking or ski pole might be a good idea too-- Also, the roads are pretty...
Nov 24, 2013
"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy  
Nov 23, 2013
1. Make reservations to fly to Juneau Weds. for Thanksgiving.(The ferry leaves Monday. Too soon for Chip and I.) 2.Thaw turkey in case the plane can't fly. 3. Walk Pearl in the wet gale.  4. Help Chip get five deer cut, wrapped and in the freezer. 5. Jonathan Ward's memorial service at...
Nov 22, 2013
Thanks to the snow (about a foot and half), sleet, and now the rain and awful ice, I have been late for just about everything so far today including checking with you. It was about 12 degrees at 6 am, 22 at 8, and by 11 this morning it was 35 raining and blowing a southerly gale. What a mess. It...
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...

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