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Aug 24, 2010
I never have breaking news, but this evening I do. Usually I'd save it for Duly Noted, but this is important and can't wait for the deadline or you'll miss it. Pizza Joe and Holly are getting married... Read More...
Aug 24, 2010
It is primary election day in Alaska, but before I vote, I have Charlie Brouillette's obituary to write. The 86 year-old retired teacher , fisherman, and the grandpa of my son and daughters' friend... Read More...
Aug 23, 2010
 The party was in a lovely home, with timbers, cabinetry, tile, and furniture all crafted by local artists. Yukon songsters Nicole Edwards and Annie Avery played and sang in front of a colorful wall... Read More...
Aug 20, 2010
 I am glad it is raining, since I can't do much until my knee gets fixed (next Friday in Juneau) except laundry and closet cleaning. I could write, and I really should, but with all the family here... Read More...
Aug 19, 2010
 How did I raise my children without the 5-point child restraint strap and buckles system? I have just installed a car seat in my Subaru, but getting Caroline into it properly might take a NASA... Read More...
Aug 17, 2010
 Eliza says the berries in Juneau are huge -- like grapes-- and there are so many you can pick a gallon without moving. We are heading up the hillside this afternoon with a friend from Klukwan. I... Read More...
Aug 15, 2010
 At the community picnic celebrating our town's centennial, I saw John Schnabel (he celebrated 90 years himself earlier this year.) He looked well and was very happy to be there. A little while later... Read More...
Aug 14, 2010
 Yesterday I was reading Roger Rosenblatt's Making Toast, a family story about when his 38 year old daughter died suddenly of a weird undetected heart defect, and how he and his wife moved in with... Read More...
Aug 10, 2010
 Chip's mother, Grandma Jo, is here, and she has been watching Fox News. (We have all been following the story of Ted Stevens' fatal crash. ) Grandma Jo and I love each other, so don't talk politics... Read More...
Aug 07, 2010
 I love August. I love the lushness of it, and knowing that it is the last hurrah before winter makes it even sweeter.  I love the overgrown bushes, the fish and the berries, and the flowers spilling... Read More...
Aug 07, 2010
 Yesterday morning I looked out the window and saw water spurting and my son and husband shoveling frantically. "What's that?" I hollered. "Turn off the washing machine," my husband said, "now!." A... Read More...
Aug 03, 2010
Well, of one moose and one man on a bicycle-- my husband. We were out for our morning ride along the Haines road next to the Chilkat River. There was fog, and no real wind to speak of. There had been... Read More...
Aug 02, 2010
 Yes, Papa Bob swam the Hudson River, and is alive to tell about it. (Although he hasn't told me.) My sister Kathleen emailed that he made it, even with his wet suit on backwards and goggles filled... Read More...
Jul 31, 2010
 It is a good thing I got to work in the hospice booth, since I don't have a swirly skirt, a hoola- hoop, or sparkles in my hair. "You could," JJ said, showing me hers. She suggested silver strands... Read More...
Jul 29, 2010
 Well, it was a busy morning babysitting Caroline, cleaning up after the fish canning, and baking for the hospice fair booth. I had an appointment at the clinic too, with Dr. Marnie Hartman. (She put... Read More...
Jul 28, 2010
So, by now you probably know that I will start a new column in Woman's Day magazine in November, pretty much just like the  old one that ran for ten years or so in the Anchorage Daily News  (and... Read More...
Jul 27, 2010
 In one of our classes at UAA, Prof. Sherry Simpson explained what she learned about writing (and life) from Jackie Chan. She showed clips of his movies and read excerpts of interviews with him. One... Read More...
Jul 22, 2010
 When I told the Pandemonium bookstore & cafe in Wasilla I could only sign books there this afternoon if they gave me a ride to and from UAA here in Anchorage, ( a 45 minute highway drive to the... Read More...
Jul 20, 2010
Ed Allen, one of the teachers here at UAA, ( a novelist and poet and English prof. from South Dakota) gave a talk on words the other day, and the way we use them. He spoke of what he called "... Read More...
Jul 19, 2010
We had a field trip yesterday afternoon to the Anchorage Museum, and it was exciting to see an ivory heron necklace by Haines artist Debi Knight Kennedy in one display, and a large photo of our own... Read More...
Jul 18, 2010
 In a workshop here at UAA's creative writing residency in Anchorage yesterday, writer Ed Allen told us that he divides the world into two kinds of people: the ones who have written novels and the... Read More...
Jul 16, 2010
Here's what I learned in my creative writing classes at UAA yesterday. Novelist Ed Allen (Mustang Sally) said: "In the beginning was the word...With no words we wouldn't be human... Take the words... Read More...
Jul 15, 2010
 When I was young we drove from New York to Western Pennsylvania every summer and spent weeks at my grandparent's house. They lived in a big old house in a small Allegheny forest town. We picked... Read More...
Jul 14, 2010
 Sorry I haven't checked in more this week, I am in Anchorage at classes for my master's degree in creative writing from UAA. It is like camp. They keep us busy from early morning to late at night... Read More...
Jul 08, 2010
I heard Chuck hit a bear with his motorcycle last night at 19 Mile. (Or the bear hit him?) I also heard the motorcycle was wrecked, but Chuck's okay. Keep him in your thoughts. No word on the bear,... Read More...

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