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 snowmachiners getting ready for a run down the Porcupine Road, then heading down the still snow covered, high-bermed Chilkat Lake Road to the farm itself with the cozy steep roofed residences on winding lanes to the mutli-use tabernacle in its center.
"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
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?
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 SEABA who was buried in an avalanche on Saturday and is in critical condition in an Anchorage hospital.
An Irish Prayer:
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 tomorrow at 11 is the Dennis Miles Memorial ski race at 26 mile, and Tod Sebens is giving a slide show at 1 at the library on his bike ride around Cuba.
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 store, the borough office, a yoga session, a classroom, a daycare, the senior center, the post office, the trail, the cab of a snow plow, the clinic, a police car,the library, the cafe, the grocery store or the gas station-- at this moment-- for a reason. She can do some good.
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 get the few good shots I managed to capture to this page upright instead of sideways. I have a moment right now between soaking in the Chena Hot Springs, walks at 18 below, church-- At St.