It Didn't Smell Bad

Sewer systems, like septic tanks, are never fully appreciated until they fail. When was the last time you thanked a sewer plant manager? Which may be why the Haines plant operators, Dennis and Scott, seemed so happy to see us and answer our questions. The tour was for all of the borough assembly, but only Tom, myself, and the mayor took advantage of the opportunity, and  I know that Tom and I sometimes drive the mayor and Brad ( who is the facilities manager and hosted the tour), crazy with our questions and concerns, so it was an opportunity to bond. I had a good time.

Rummage Tale

Let's begin with the confession that I don't like rummage sales, and other people's stuff in large quantities on big tables with everyone shuffling through it for a good deal. It gives me the hives. Stay with me, because this ends with a story to make Antique Road Show fans swoon.

Sunday's Thought


“There are random moments - tossing a salad, coming up the driveway to the house, ironing the seams flat on a quilt square, standing at the kitchen window and looking out at the delphiniums, hearing a burst of laughter from one of my children's rooms - when I feel a wavelike rush of joy. This is my true religion: arbitrary moments of of nearly painful happiness for a life I feel privileged to lead.”-- Elizabeth Berg


The Right Wrong Number

I was working on Lola Vogel's obituary when I answered the phone. (Lola was 95 and passed peacefully of old age. The service is Saturday at 2 at the Presbyterian Church.) 


"Nope. This is Heather. You must have the wrong number."

"Oh, hi Heather, it's Barb."

Dear Gentle Readers, Thank you.

And so, dear gentle reader,

You see, by all the rules,

That earth's whole population

Except ourselves are fools. - Abner Cosens

​The nicest thing about knowing you, and keeping in touch, and sharing my ideas and thoughts and schedules of life in my family and this small town, is that without you, I'd be talking to myself. You also keep me from thinking I'm crazy, and reminding me that spending time writing stuff down and sharing it, is important, and matters, so thank you very much for that.

What You Need to Know for Monday

"Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you...Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?- every, every minute? -Thornton Wilder, Our Town

It's a wet start to a busy week in Haines. But April showers bring May flowers, and it's supposed to clear up before the weekend. 

The Chilkoot Indian Association has a transportation summit conference going on at the Sheldon Museum through Thursday. 



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