Heather's Blog

May 23, 2013
Our lumberyard did not burn down this morning, although the fast roaring fire next door was pretty scary, and thanks to the great Haines Volunteer Fire Department it was contained to one substantial... Read More...
May 20, 2013
High pressure is in the forecast for the entire week, and it's supposed to be 67 on Friday, just in time for the beerfest. This is technically not news in Alaska in May, or at least according to my... Read More...
May 19, 2013
"Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over the dunes, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over a pond...get a life in which... Read More...
May 16, 2013
From the Haines Police Blotter, May 14th:  "At approximately 12:45 p.m. a local lodging reported that a queen sized bed had been stolen from a room. Police initiated a case on the incident."  
May 16, 2013
Yes, it is Manic May-- one day feels like summer and the next day we are back in March.  The first cruise ship of the season surprised us all yesterday. It wasn't meant for Haines, as it was supposed... Read More...
May 12, 2013
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of '... Read More...
May 10, 2013
  This is what my husband said to my father on the phone: “Not much is new here. The weather is great. The kids are doing fine, and they found a murderer in our neighborhood."    Make that an... Read More...
May 08, 2013
It's ride your bicycle to school day, which meant we had a lot more company than normal as we pedaled in from the highway toward the Haines School this morning, usually we might see two other riders... Read More...
May 07, 2013
Maybe we should call it manic May? I mean, I wanted spring so badly that I was getting kind of depressed-- okay, really grumpy actually. But when it suddenly arrived yesterday-- late, but in a... Read More...
May 05, 2013
Schools of little fish properly called eulachon or more often hooligans, have arrived, just as they have every Alaskan spring since time in memorial. Yet the date they show up, the length of the run... Read More...
May 03, 2013
A very busy day puppy sitting.. and another one just like it today. Also, the Spring track meet was canceled because it is still mostly winter. But the prom is still on. Tonight is the fishermen's... Read More...
Apr 30, 2013
We could pretend this is March, then it wouldn't be odd at all to be so cold and relentlessly snowing. Then, a bike ride in the snow would be almost fun, something to laugh or even brag about-- or at... Read More...
Apr 29, 2013
The phones rings Saturday morning. My husband answers it. "Here, talk to the person who answers surveys," he says and hands it to me.  I say I do have a few minutes to answer questions about Alaska... Read More...
Apr 28, 2013
  The Chilkat Center was full a few summers ago for Pete Lapham’s funeral. So many of us felt like we knew him well because the DOT foreman waved, smiled, or nodded it seemed at everyone he passed... Read More...
Apr 27, 2013
"Snow. It's the new Spring." -- Walter Betz, yesterday at Mountain Market.  
Apr 26, 2013
It is 32 degrees, snowing sideways and the north wind is blowing 20 mph. "Real feel 17" is what the weather icon on the community web page says. Today is the drop off for the annual spring hospice... Read More...
Apr 25, 2013
I have been inspired to spring clean my office this week by beautiful photos in the New York Times of one writer's lovely writing space. It was so tidy and pretty. Mine, on the other hand, looks like... Read More...
Apr 22, 2013
Lynn Canal Community Players weekend drama, Dinner With Friends, was just great. I had dreaded it because of the publicity, which emphasized the serious tone of infidelity, divorce, and friends... Read More...
Apr 21, 2013
"When a wave of love takes over a human being, love of another human being,love of nature, love of all mankind, love of the universe, such an exultation takes him that he knows he has put his finger... Read More...
Apr 18, 2013
This morning as we were walking a whole pack of dogs on the beach (there were three humans and five canines) we marveled at how this time yesterday it was snowing but by the evening it was clear and... Read More...
Apr 17, 2013
 It's snowing. I know, 'nuff said.  There's music in the stacks from noon-1 at the library featuring Dr. Feldman on his concertina. Tomorrow at noon it' s that wayfaring mariner Scott Pearce &... Read More...
Apr 17, 2013
  Here's a little spring verse, set to motions and music for the young and the young at heart. Words by Emily Dickinson tune by Nancy Nash-- (But you can make up or borrow your own if you don't know... Read More...
Apr 16, 2013
Am I the only one who couldn't sleep last night after all those horrific images from Boston? I won't look anymore. The radio is enough. How could anyone be so evil? All I kept thinking about was when... Read More...
Apr 14, 2013
New Year's resolutions and good wishes really should be made in the Spring, when so much more seems possible than in January. Here's one I love, from Maxine Kumin's poem, Magellan Street, 1974: This... Read More...

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