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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
Feb 14, 2014
Just listening to my granddaughters Caroline (4) and Ivy (2 in May) sing Poppy (Chip) and Mimi (me)- and they even mention Pearl and Phoebe- a little Valentine song thanks to KHNS radio. It made me cry. Here's some Valentine mail that made me laugh. (I posted it on facebook, but you may not go...
Feb 13, 2014
29 years ago my second daughter was born in the old Haines clinic during a blizzard. Dr. Len Feldman delivered her with his boots on, and then the power went out so we were told we could go home. Our first visitors the next morning were Roger and Nancy Schnabel, who arrived on a giant road grader....
Feb 12, 2014
We are entering the bragging stage of a cold snap. You know, the it's colder at my house than your's phase,  when we say things like, " We skated across Chilkoot and it was so cold I had to keep my eyes shut or they'd freeze" or "I wore my gloves in exercise class...
Feb 10, 2014
It's eight degrees with a North wind that could turn your face into an ice sculpture in about three minutes. Which means the skating is pretty good up at Rutzebeck by the rock end and great at Chilkoot once you get past the rough front part and down toward the Glory Hole. Here's a...
Feb 09, 2014
For those of you following big game guide John Katzeek's trial in Juneau, you may have seen him almost smiling at the basketball games this weekend (almost,  if you know John.) Friday a jury found him not guilty of all the major charges against him. Here are the details from...
Feb 09, 2014
"This is another day , O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me do it gallantly." -- From Prayers for use by  a Sick...
Feb 07, 2014
So of course my sun-kissed fresh-produce eating body completely collapsed after three days back home in the frozen north. We get soft so quickly. That will teach me to leave. Which means as far as the Iditaswim goes after a blazing start  my doggies are stuck in Skwenta with an...
Feb 06, 2014
Well, looks like I spoke to soon on the new police chief hire. Apparently there was a heck of a meeting last night and the assembly decided to end salary negotiations with him after he called them narrow minded politicians, thieves and crooks, and compared them to used car salesmen. I guess it...
Feb 05, 2014
I was feeling a little smug this morning, what with all that snow and winter weather in the Lower Forty-eight, and all this sunshine and lack of snow here. (It's so dry up high that I've heard the heli-ski season is in doubt. You can see rocks on top of the mountains from way down here.) I...
Feb 04, 2014
My favorite beach in Sayulita is Playa Los Muertos-- beach of the dead-- it's quiet and easier to swim at than the popular surf break downtown. You walk through the crowded cemetery to get there. Which was a daily reminder that you can't take it with you, and may be why some residents...
Feb 03, 2014
It is so nice to be home in the land of comfortable chairs. (Of course, in Mexico who needs a chair?) I am thinking positive because I think I really could have stayed  south until spring. At the same time, it is spring here it seems-- sunny, very little snow-- mild. Strange, but a pleasant...
Jan 10, 2014
I will be gone-- to Mexico-- and off-line until the first week in February. I know, I will miss you too-- but how can you miss me of I don't go away? (As Dan Hicks sort of sings.)  Also, this may be an opportunity for a little web cleanse, kind of like the Well&Fit Community...
Jan 07, 2014
I am leaving for a vacation on Friday so I have been busy making copies of our wills (so our children will not be "Crawleyed" as poor Mary was. Then again, the "estate" does not require more management than a house-sitter to care for the chickens); packing (I used JJ's...
Jan 05, 2014
From Garrison Keillor, in honor of the big cold front and Epiphanies large and small: "I grew up among Bible-believing people in Minnesota, a cold-weather state when the wind blows down from Manitoba; it gets so cold your skin hurts, your innards clench up, and a man's testes shrink...
Jan 02, 2014
It's official. December's snowfall total was a record 91 inches. (The previous record was 77 inches.) Now the rain has made it even heavier, and messier, and the walkways and roads are even slicker. The official radio road report called driving conditions on the Haines Highway from town to...
Dec 31, 2013
Forget diets, exercise plans, cleaning the basement, praying more and worrying less-- all of that stuff will fall into place if you begin a very simple, deliberate practice of finding the good by intentionally seeking the positive in people and situations. Finding the good will make you...

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