This morning it was 37 when we got on our bikes to ride out the road, but it was so beautiful-- all sunshine and blue and green- the rain of the last few days has made the whole world leafy, and it smells like new cut grass, wood smoke, and at the hooligan pits at 4 mile, fermenting fish. We looped through the Fort, and saw my sister's car down by the beach and figured she was swimming (she does that-- dips in Portage Cove year 'round. Me? Never.)
Gershon introduced me as Haines' Eulogist Laureate at Ray's memorial, and I actually kind of like the title. That Ray Menaker and John Schnabel died within a few months of each other, and that they were sort of the Yin and Yang of modern Haines, and that they spent their last years together at Haines Assisted Living is kind of interesting, too. The legacy of both, I think, has a lot to do with how we live today in modern Haines--
"Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough."- Garrison Keillor
I should apologize, I am so wiggy that I have not been able to stop by here this week. It's spring affected disorder and there are too many stories in my head at once to make sense of anything. The bear mauling that made national news took up a few days of chasing down what happened, and we still don't really know, which is odd. (The University of Alaska Southeast Prof. is recovering in an Anchorage hospital and word is he will be okay.) The worry is that there may be a rogue sow and cub in the area, but I trust that if that were the case, we would know.
"Most of us walk a winding path. Such is God's world; such is God's truth. Accept this. There is no need to resign ourselves to despair. Relish this rich life! Find the grace and beauty around every crooked corner."-- Jonathan Erdman
My favorite line from Erma's obituary came from a letter her nephew Omar sent to Erma's daughter Debra--
I have been in Homer a long weekend, hosted and feted by the Friends of the Library there. I was a special star because the Haines library, which I am on the board of, inspired the Homer community to build their new library, so they made me feel very welcome. This is also National Library Week, and today at our library at 4:15 the Haines Friends of the Library hold their annual meeting and appreciation tea and cookies-- so please stop by- and join the Friends or renew your membership.
April showers will bring April leaves-- the next time the sun comes out, which may be Friday. In the meantime it's been a little wet and windy and kind of chilly-- 45 and rain is colder than you'd think. The beach is not so much fun when you are walking into rainy gales, and when you've been writing all day-- as I was yesterday-- by three I needed a stretch and so did Pearl and her friend Lucy, and my friend who spends her days doing good but wishes to remain anonymous ( I will call her St. Beth) did too-- A walk in the woods with dogs and a friend can save a whole day, sometimes.