A winter weather advisory is sometimes a good thing-- as today it seems, it's wise to heed it. The wind nearly turned us back on our morning dog walk, but we made it, ducking into the brush where we could, for some relief, and all covered completely except for one narrow strip to see between the hats and scarves. The dogs didn't care a bit. It might has well have been May. I had almost shut off the alarm at 5:30 and rolled back to sleep.
Days like today I think I may never do my job again. I spent the lovely moonset of a morning with a family whose 26 year-old son was found dead following an extensive search last week. I listened to good stories about happier times around their comfortable kitchen table. As I write the obituary it feels as if there's an elephant on my heart. All I can do for them is prepare something nice and true that they will clip from the paper and save, but it won't be enough, you know? Obituaries are not biographies. Or even memoirs.
Look, I want to love this world
as though it's the last chance I'm ever going to get
to be alive
and know it.
--Mary Oliver, from her poem October
The windy wet weather has been blown back to sea by a strong northerly delivering blue skies and promising single digits. That's how it is, gray skies clear. The sun sets and it rises. While the weather has been mild, it has been anything but a gentle week. My 90 year-old swimming pool friend Marge lost her 26 year-old grandson. He and his siblings grew up with all my kids. I played a lot of softball with his mother. He had been missing a few days, and after much searching was found dead near the fairgrounds. It appears he took his own life. It is so terribly sad it has slayed everyone.
1. It's icy. Be careful driving and walking.
2. The keep the Chilkat River Beaches non-motorized ordinance has a first hearing tonight at 6:30. If you can't make it contact an assembly person to voice support. What a great thing the assembly can do for us all, forever.
3.The bald eagle festival continues, here's the link to the schedule.
4.Thursday the men's and women's choirs sing at the Eagle Foundation at 7:00.
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month since WW I ended 95 years ago I was babysitting my granddaughters, the great-grandchildren of two WW I veterans. At the close of the day I met with the recent widow of a WW II veteran to write his obituary by the wood cookstove in the kitchen of their hundred year-old home on Officer's Row of historic Fort Seward.
"Do what must be done with special care and zeal so that doing it can change our consciousness and carve our souls into the kind of beauty that comes from simple things. It is so easy to go through life looking feverishly for special ways to find God when God is most of all to be found in doing common things with uncommon conscientiousness." - Sister Joan Chittister
It is always a mistake to check my own books' Amazon reviews, but Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs has been having a good run lately, so I stopped in. I should have known better. What a mistake. Here is the "most recent" review: