Heather's Blog

Mar 20, 2019
Here is something that made me laugh. My brother-in-law Norm was on the radio, hosting the country show, and after a Willie Nelson tune and some other song that I think was sing-a-long-able, but I... Read More...
Mar 03, 2019
  From Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement... Get up in the morning and look at the world in a way That takes nothing for granted. Everything is... Read More...
Mar 01, 2019
  This is  the perfect egg that I found in my jacket pocket this morning, after that jacket had gone in and out of the coop to feed and water the hens, after it had walked on the beach with four... Read More...
Feb 26, 2019
I meant to resume my Sunday Thought's feature this week, but two of my granddaughters spent the night, and we became way too involved in playing outside in the spring snow and sunshine, and with our... Read More...
Feb 22, 2019
Poet John Haines (and no Haines is not named after him, but that would be something, wouldn't it? An Alaskan town named after an Alaskan poet) wrote, "Good poems come from roots." So do good lives.... Read More...
Feb 05, 2019
Happy Tuesday, as my friend Dr. Marnie would say. I am on the self-improvement plan to prepare my heart and head (and I suppose body too) for the coming six weeks or so of final edits on my new book... Read More...
Feb 03, 2019
John Straley writes that "Winter hardens us. These are its terms. It does not manifest its own hardness inside us, but stiffens the stuff we are already made of." I suppose you can take that two ways... Read More...
Jan 29, 2019
On our daily walks with the dogs my friend and I talk about all kinds of things-- politics to be sure, and the weather, and life and death (she is a hospice administrator and I write obits) and... Read More...
Jan 20, 2019
“I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear.”  ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches “Maybe our world will grow kinder... Read More...
Jan 18, 2019
Winter after the holidays, January thru March, is real winter, and also the best time to get sick, so the timing was right for my wicked sore throat and cold. I gave myself the prescription Doc... Read More...
Jan 17, 2019
When I heard that Mary Oliver died my first thought was "Who will be that voice in my life now?" and the second was "Only 83?" We begin every writing day together: Me and a million other writers, I'... Read More...
Jan 14, 2019
I went to Juneau for Epiphany ( Sunday January 5 we celebrate the arrival of the three wise men or Magi who followed the star to Bethlehem), and stayed on vacation for another week. On Epiphany at... Read More...
Jan 02, 2019
He noticed this woman at the salad bar and she was standing perfectly still and her face was blue and so he Heimliched her and it didn't work so he shook her upside down and out popped a green olive... Read More...
Dec 31, 2018
I have been writing acrostic poems for the kids -- and they are a hit, except when I drop a letter from a name -- at least I only missed two and they were in middle names, but one was Lende and... Read More...
Dec 20, 2018
  The sunrise and sunsets have been in sync with the flow and ebb of the tides this week. My days are bookended by dog walks, and they are suddenly, it seems, too close together. The morning walk is... Read More...
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...

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