Heather's Blog

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...
Mar 06, 2014
 The sun in the windows makes being home sick not so bad. I woke up feeling a little sorry for myself. How could I be cycling in what might as well be Siberia, churning through a mile at the pool, or even walking the dog in the face freezing wind chills one day, and suddenly have become a...
Mar 05, 2014
Here is my dog walking companion in her wind-chill burka. (Yes, she can see out of it. And she says it works really well!) It's actually a gauzy scarf.  It was about 5 degrees and blowing something fierce on our morning walk along the beach where the Chilkat River meets the inlet, or...
Mar 04, 2014
Here are a few things to know for Tuesday: Wear your ice grippers, I know they may be a pain to get on and off your boots, but they are better than a broken elbow and we are not out of the woods at all, ice wise. it looks like spring, but at 10 degrees and blowing 25 it's really cold, and...
Mar 02, 2014
"I like to think of myself as a person who catches these pieces. That I reach out and grab the songs that are coming out of my mouth."-- Bobby McFerrin  
Feb 28, 2014
Chip is watching the news, and sees the rusty cans of gold coins worth about ten million dollars a woman walking her dog found in her backyard. She's been walking by the same tree they were buried under for years, apparently. He's also reading The Luminaries, a big historical novel that...
Feb 26, 2014
I just took the KHNS radio survey-- I love surveys-- especially opinion surveys. I even like those calls at dinnertime asking me about Alaska politics, which was why I was disappointed a few minutes ago when someone who called asking for my husband Chip, but called him "Phillip...
Feb 25, 2014
February really is the month of love this year-- The sun! The snow! The wins and grins! Skiing at Chilkoot is so great we keep going back out across the lake-- and we are not the only ones-- Everyone who has been has gone back. I mean, honestly, I have to pinch myself and ask, do I really live...
Feb 23, 2014
"We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love  one another."-  Observed Jonathan Swift in 1711
Feb 21, 2014
Here's the schedule of community events, as best as I can figure--  Basketball begins this afternoon against Wrangell: 2pm Boys JV 3:30 Girls JV 5:30 Boys Varsity (The women's choir meets at 5:15, and will sing the national anthem.) Senior night for girls/cheer team 7:15 Girls Varsity...
Feb 20, 2014
The good news was that even though Marnie couldn't find the keys to the closet with the light switch in it, the moon on the snow, and then the lightening blue sky gave us plenty of light to work out by.  I was sound asleep when Chip shouted up the stairs to see if I was going to Morning...
Feb 19, 2014
Chip and I walked Pearl this morning in the glorious sunshine, bright white snow and clear blue sky-  honestly, it's prettier than a postcard if you can get out of the wind.  I couldn't take a picture because it was blowing so hard my fingers would have frozen, plus, removing the...
Feb 17, 2014
I should have known the weekend would turn out well even if the flu won't let go, when Friday morning began with a book and a chocolate bar from my Valentine, and then at  noon there was a note on the bookstore door that said, "Closed 12-12:30 for a wedding! (Not mine, silly...
Feb 16, 2014
"When we agree (or get tricked into) being part of something larger than our own, worried, fixated minds, we are saved. When we search for something larger than ourselves to hook into, we come through whatever life throws at us."- Anne Lamott

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