Heather's Blog

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...
Jun 04, 2018
"We all mess up. We all see through blinders. We all say hurtful things. We all nurture prejudices we don’t recognize in ourselves. Even a full-throated apology won’t erase a colossal mistake. We... Read More...
Jun 01, 2018
All the windows are open and I'm thinking about turning on the fan and putting on a sweater. The screens are in now to keep the mosquitoes out, but I can't paint the porch floor yet because the... Read More...
May 30, 2018
I fibbed a little when I said I was off on a writing retreat. I really went out to Unalaska (Dutch Harbor) to surprise my daughter, who is the elementary school principal there. (I couldn't say so... Read More...
May 17, 2018
My grand daughter Ivy had a birthday party yesterday afternoon in the park. All the children in kindergarten were invited for hotdogs and cupcakes,and their siblings and their parents, and the... Read More...
May 16, 2018
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... Read More...
May 15, 2018
Pyramid Harbor is scheduled to be logged by the University of Alaska The University of Alaska and  "a bona fide purchaser" (according to their website but as yet unnamed) will be entering into a 10-... Read More...
May 14, 2018
“(Parents are) always bluffing, pretending we know best, when most of the time we're just praying we won't screw up too badly.” ― Jodi Picoult, House Rules I had planned to leave a a nice Sunday's... Read More...
May 08, 2018
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. ... Read More...
May 06, 2018
  “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,... Read More...
May 01, 2018
It is May first. The weather feels more like March 15, with cold southerly gales and stubby brown grass and black branches, but there are signs of spring: hawks, bears, a cow moose moving in the... Read More...
Apr 29, 2018
  "Listen to no voice except your own. Ask yourself nothing about whom you hate. Ask only what you love, and what sustains you. And protect that."- Seth Kantner ​ ​
Apr 26, 2018
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.)  "Crystal?" "Nope. This is... Read More...

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