In the women's locker room at the pool this morning at 6:30 there was, as usual, not a whole lot of talk, but enough to make a person feel better for rising early, scraping the frost off the car for the first time this fall, and taking the plunge for a few laps. There is a kind of fellowship among we early bird swimmers and the aqua aerobics class that begins as our session ends.
“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
― E.B. White
Dear Haines, Thank you!
KHNS NEWS: In the six-way race for two Haines Borough Assembly seats, Heather Lende and Tom Morphet garnered the most votes. Preliminary election results show Lende with 483 votes and Morphet with 423. Incumbent Diana Lapham came in third with 363 votes. That includes absentee ballots. The results are unofficial until certified later this month. Here’s the preliminary vote count:
Why did I decide to run for Haines Borough Assembly? As if I don't have enough going on? It's sort of a long story--
Today's to-do list:
9:15 Walk Pearl
10:30 Chat with the Alaska Broadcaster's Association about my keynote speech to them Nov. 10
11:00 Bring the fuchsias and geraniums in for the winter and if there is time cut back the dahlias. There could be a frost anytime and I hate to snuff them out, but I'd also hate to lose them.
11:30 Lunch at the school with Caroline
“Ten times a day something happens to me like this - some strengthening throb of amazement - some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.” ― Mary Oliver
There's a great line in Anne Tyler's novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, in which one of the characters, Red, a builder and now grandfather, declares that caller ID is like cheating-- It seems to me, he says, that you should have to pick up the phone and take your chances. (I don't have it either.)
It's a kind of Goldilocks morning, what with Mama Bear and Baby Bear taking turns with which bed (of grass, in the back yard anyway) was the most comfortable last night. Fortunately Papa Bear was not around.