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Sunday's Thought

“They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.” 
~ Harper Lee, from To Kill a Mockingbird

River Talk

The Chilkat River isn't so much talking this morning as it is howling-- my face has a fine layer of silty grit thanks to the dust storm blowing down from Klukwan. I would have taken a picture, but my mittens are too clunky and I couldn't take them off without flash-freezing my fingers which I need in order to type. (Two of them, at least.) Last night's Rivertalk story telling evening in the Chilkat Center was so moving and whacky in a weird and wonderful Haines way that it made my February.

Happy Tuesday

Here is a short, non-political, critically informative video explanation of Alaska's financial crisis by Gunnar Knapp that every Alaskan should watch and share with friends. Thanks to Charles Wolforth's column in the Dispatch, which is a good read as well. There will also be a citizen discussion about the Haines economy Saturday night at 7:00 in the Chilkat Center.

Sunday's Thought

"Smile at each other; smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other – it doesn’t matter who it is – and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other." ~ Mother Teresa

Tuesday's Thought (s)

"The birds they sang 
at the break of day 
Start again 
I heard them say 
Don't dwell on what 
has passed away 
or what is yet to be... 

Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack in everything 
That's how the light gets in."-- Leonard Cohen 

Friday? Seriously?

Monday I had half of my teeth cleaned, not the top half or the bottom half, but the right side of my mouth from the molars to the gap between my front teeth. Which may be why I felt so lopsided until the second half was cleaned yesterday afternoon and my balance was restored. Then I had an interview from a journalist in New York who asked me if it was summer here now, since Alaska and Australia have the the same seasons, right? And I wondered if maybe my ears needed a cleaning, too.

Sunday's Thought

 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

-From St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians (13:4-7)

Looking Up

Yesterday on the radio Janine said she thought the sky was growing lighter and that there may even be a little sun, so Pearl and I looked up, and sure enough there was a blue haze behind the gray, so we ran out the door and managed to walk half the beach before the windy rain kicked in again. (We weren't the only ones, other friends were marching too, one trying out a new camera, as it was finally possible to snap a photo without rain spattering the lens.) It was fun, "invigorating" is the word my companions chose, with a laugh as we waved goodbye and returned to home and work. 

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