So this week we've had snow, sun, clouds, wind, calm, cold, warm-- and Alaska made the national news because there's not enough snow in Anchorage to start the Iditarod sled dog race there this year. Today? The clouds fell from the sky and landed on the beach.
"The birds they sang
at the break of day
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be...
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in."-- Leonard Cohen
Monday I had half of my teeth cleaned, not the top half or the bottom half, but the right side of my mouth from the molars to the gap between my front teeth. Which may be why I felt so lopsided until the second half was cleaned yesterday afternoon and my balance was restored. Then I had an interview from a journalist in New York who asked me if it was summer here now, since Alaska and Australia have the the same seasons, right? And I wondered if maybe my ears needed a cleaning, too.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
-From St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians (13:4-7)
Yesterday on the radio Janine said she thought the sky was growing lighter and that there may even be a little sun, so Pearl and I looked up, and sure enough there was a blue haze behind the gray, so we ran out the door and managed to walk half the beach before the windy rain kicked in again. (We weren't the only ones, other friends were marching too, one trying out a new camera, as it was finally possible to snap a photo without rain spattering the lens.) It was fun, "invigorating" is the word my companions chose, with a laugh as we waved goodbye and returned to home and work.
The Haines assembly did some great good the other night by supporting the pre-school and giving them another year in the old Human Resource Building where they have been for over thirty years, and the innovative plan to join forces with the Senior Center facility and create a new place for our young adjacent to our elders, which I really like. As Margaret said before her yes vote, she's ready to do something good for a change.
We play this game at the Seattle airport: who ever sees someone we know first has to buy the other breakfast. It took Chip about ten minutes to win, and of course Nelle and Larry came over to our table and chatted and we all talked about our vacations. Then at the gate we see Roger and Robin and there are more exclamations. A rainy January Sunday in Juneau was even nice (my daughters who live there may not agree, since they haven't been in Mexico where we just returned from since.. well, it must be five years now since we all did that family trip.)
Chip and I are off to a quiet little town in Mexico today and I should be back at my desk in about three weeks.
This is a thought I stole from the back page of the new Hospice of Haines newsletter, and is a favorite quote of my friend Beth, the HOH director. I think it is a very good one to begin 2016 with. Reverend Carolyn Colbert says: