Heather's Blog

Mar 21, 2012
I have been helping an elderly friend of mine with her obituary. (She'll be 89 next month.) She is very artsy and intelligent and loves opera, literature, and especially Shakespeare. She also... Read More...
Mar 20, 2012
Happy first day of Spring! We now have as much daylight as Mexico, and gaining, and when the sun shines, the wind stops blowing, it's warm enough to ski in shirt sleeves, and your friends are singing... Read More...
Mar 18, 2012
In, Out, Deep, Slow, Calm, Ease, Smile, Release, Present moment, Wonderful moment. Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh recommends using this gatha, or meditative prayer, when walking, by matching the steps... Read More...
Mar 16, 2012
Spring break begins this afternoon at 2pm. And it is snowing, again. (In choir last night we learned that we are just three inches from 30 feet.) "It's not powdered sugar," JJ said this morning... Read More...
Mar 15, 2012
The young man who was injured in the avalanche that took the life of his guide has died. He was 26 years old and his friends say the Californian was a real nice kid  who smiled often. It was hard to... Read More...
Mar 14, 2012
Everyone in town was talking about the accident yesterday, an avalanche that killed a 35-year-old Colorado heli-ski guide and badly injured a client, apparently, although news on the survivor is... Read More...
Mar 12, 2012
 Algonquin Books, my wonderful publisher (I mean that, they are great) has just jumped into the ebook world. I have mixed feelings about this, as I  am a real book person. I love holding them,... Read More...
Mar 11, 2012
Mary Oliver wrote, "Real prayers are not the words, but the attention that comes first." I think the same is true of gratitude. It is not in the saying of "thank you," of course that is always nice,... Read More...
Mar 10, 2012
 As you can imagine, it has been a little busy around here. What with the baby being born, Chip's trip to see Grandma Joanne in Florida, Eliza is here now too taking the wilderness medicine class... Read More...
Mar 07, 2012
Well, this sure is good news for heliskiers-- and for the keepers of the record books--  Winter Storm Warning URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE   HAINES BOROUGH AND LYNN CANAL- INCLUDING THE CITY OF... Read More...
Mar 06, 2012
It is hard to believe that it has only been a week since I left for Sitka with a hunch that the baby was coming-- and now we are home safe with her. The ferry arrived at 4:30 this morning.  (Chip is... Read More...
Mar 06, 2012
I was interviewed for Alaska Entrepreneur recently, and here's the story, on the business of writing. (Don't laugh.) 
Mar 03, 2012
 It was snowing some in Sitka by the sea on your first afternoon, and the lights were off up on the second floor hospital maternity ward, or as the sign says in Tlingit, the Place Where Babies are... Read More...
Mar 02, 2012
 All 6lbs. 11 oz. and 19.5 inches of you, with that dark wavy hair and your mother's nose and father's eyes, at 2:40 am on March 1 in Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, with Grandma Mimi assisting in... Read More...
Feb 28, 2012
When I decided not to go to Florida with Chip this week to see Grandma Joanne and have a colonoscopy I figured Stoli's baby would arrive early, but then I volunteered to host the the church Lenten... Read More...
Feb 27, 2012
That my column in Woman's Day is called Life Lessons is a great irony of my life, since most of the time I am in need of receiving a few instructions on how to live well, rather than confident that I... Read More...
Feb 26, 2012
The National Weather Service in Juneau has issued a Winter Storm Warning (with all the usual threats to life and property, so dramatic) for heavy snow... which is in effect from 5 PM Sunday to 5 AM... Read More...
Feb 25, 2012
 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward... Read More...
Feb 24, 2012
If the men running for president were the bearers of the family children then regulating birth control and legislating reproductive rights would be about as popular a debate topic as mandatory male... Read More...
Feb 23, 2012
My daughter needed me this morning-- the one with the baby here in Haines, Sarah-- not the one about to have a baby in Sitka, Stoli. (Well, technically the baby is due March 16, but she has been sent... Read More...
Feb 22, 2012
Guess you don't say "Happy Ash Wednesday!" Do you? Still, the dawn was beautiful today, and early, the light is back and we are gaining minutes each day now. This morning in the kitchen we talked... Read More...
Feb 21, 2012
 I am not even going mention the foot of snow, the rain, the wind, the knee deep slush. Nope, it's bad form to complain about the weather, again. I am thankful that the roof is still on. I will say... Read More...
Feb 20, 2012
It is Presidents Day today, a holiday, sort of, except in Haines where we don't do national or state holidays at our school. Apparently they are optional in rural Alaska, but the radio station staff... Read More...
Feb 18, 2012
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself  to your imagination, calls to you like wild geese, harsh and exciting over and over announcing your place in the family of things. -... Read More...
Feb 17, 2012
Last night at choir practice we talked about the spring weather, of course we know it won't stay, but what if it did? We also worried a loud that if November was so fierce that the other bookend of... Read More...

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