Heather's Blog

Dec 13, 2018
  It's finally snowing! It has been so rainy and inky dark that I missed my own driveway twice this week, and once, the turn off from Small Tracts to Mud Bay Road. (Luckily Greg has plenty of... Read More...
Dec 04, 2018
I sent the draft manuscript off of book # 4 yesterday midday, and the plan was to clean my house and my desk, and I have sort of, dumping all my notes for the book  in a big box to save them for the... Read More...
Dec 01, 2018
Alaska is so large that, when a properly scaled map (not the mini- version that has us floating off the edge of California in a box about the same size as the one Hawaii is also in) is superimposed... Read More...
Nov 18, 2018
"Give all that you can while you can, with whatever you have to give.Don't hold back, but throw your arms wide open... give and give again while there is still time. You are not here to be a museum,... Read More...
Nov 13, 2018
I tossed kindling on the coals and they lit, fed the dogs and let them out and in again ( it's 40 degrees and raining), poured my coffee with cream and composed a Haiku on Olive, my new-old... Read More...
Nov 11, 2018
“Aren't the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton... I could just lie here all day, and watch them drift by... If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud... Read More...
Nov 10, 2018
I rarely light candles except at the dinner table or on birthday cakes and special occasions. But that 'little light of mine' tune has been noodling around in my brain all week. Maybe that means it'... Read More...
Nov 05, 2018
It's election eve, and might as well be Christmas Eve because I'm so excited. I love voting, and I really love this feeling the night before, in part  because I know this may be as good it gets-- ... Read More...
Nov 04, 2018
"Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love."-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (From the back of St. Michael... Read More...
Oct 31, 2018
I am determined to attend yoga at least once a week this winter -- it is good for body and soul, plus, I have terrible balance and tip over when I do the tree pose on my bad leg side. (I know, I'm... Read More...
Oct 29, 2018
I'm just sick about the massacre of innocent people, grandmothers and great grandmothers, no less, in a Pittsburgh synagogue because they were Jewish or were police officers defending them during... Read More...
Oct 25, 2018
I am home from daily walks on a farm road  in  the Hudson River Valley, to the windy wet beaches of Haines. A highlight of the trip was my Aunt's 90th birthday party. She is nimble minded, lives on... Read More...
Oct 09, 2018
My neighbor Betty has moved to Haines Assisted Living, and when I visit her there, she asks "What's the news on Mud Bay Road today?" Yesterday I told her a bear was on my daughter's deck next door at... Read More...
Oct 04, 2018
My artist friend Tresham was speaking through his magical puppets in a sing-song voice, one was a mermaid and one was a wild witchy woman named Esmeralda, or maybe she was Margarita? I did hear him... Read More...
Sep 26, 2018
James Audubon  observed, "When the bird and the book disagree, believe the bird." The book says moose eat the same way giraffes do, with their heads up high, plucking willow leaves, but I watched a... Read More...
Sep 20, 2018
These days remain so glorious and full what with running and back forth to moose camp, doing the laundry, cooking, packing the cooler, and starting all over again-- and I had two obituaries to write... Read More...
Sep 10, 2018
Is it okay to call these glorious, dry, warm Fall days "Indian Summer?," my friend Teresa asked as we looked around from the top of Mt. Riley the other day. There we were, in shirt sleeves, in... Read More...
Sep 05, 2018
 I was more than a little apprehensive about my trip to ANWR to begin with. Then my cab from the airport in Fairbanks to the hotel was smashed into just as I was paying the driver. It felt and... Read More...
Sep 04, 2018
Who knew? I know I said I was working, and I am, or I was, feverishly to make a deadline on the new book (it's still looming) but in the meantime I took a raft trip down the Kongakut River in the... Read More...
Aug 14, 2018
I do want to let you all know, that I'm on hiatus a bit with the blog, because I am busy working on a deadline for the next book and my brain feels a bit like my desk looks: The good news is that... Read More...
Jul 25, 2018
It's hot and hazy and the beach peas are crunchy underfoot from lack of rain. There is a burn ban, so no campfires.The sprinkler is on in the garden. Windows are open and the fan is on upstairs. I... Read More...
Jul 20, 2018
I can't believe it's a month since I checked in. I'm fine. No one is hurt or ill or in some crisis. I apologize if I worried you.Time really does fly when you are having fun-- right out the open ... Read More...
Jun 19, 2018
The bike race was hard and long, thanks to wicked headwinds. 30 knots or more, with gusts high enough to blow an outhouse over. (No, I wasn't in it. No one was-- thank goodness.) The Canadian highway... Read More...
Jun 13, 2018
Busy? Everything happens all at once it seems: the annual Haines Borough budget (we passed it last night, phew), ramped up business for our lumberyard and every shop and eatery in town, cruise ships... Read More...
Jun 08, 2018
Yesterday morning at about 5:30 I talked to NPR's Here & Now about an obituary making headlines. You would have laughed to see me with the cell phone in one hand, the landline in the other,... Read More...

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