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Not so Calm or Bright.

I had a major meltdown this morning when I learned that the ordinance keeping the Chilkat River beach from Carr's Cove to Cemetery Hill non-motorized may not pass tomorrow night because a former mayor and current assemblyman in favor of the ordinance had to leave town to be near his dying mother and won't be there, and it could be that close a vote--  three to two. The mayor won't even have to break the tie. It serves me right for quoting Mandela yesterday. He didn't despair in the face of decades of fighting true evil and injustice. Of course this is neither.

Sunday's Thought


“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” - Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

We Are Doing Okay, You Know?

Honestly, the reason I haven't been better at keeping you posted is not personal. I'm just disorganized. Well, that, and I've been spending the week with a baby, and toddlers and computers don't mix. You have to pay attention to children. There are stories to read, snacks to prepare and share, blocks to take out and to put away. The first week in December is also apparently a big week for book clubs, I suppose they need to meet before all the holiday parties begin.

Happy Monday

Well, we actually did fly out in the blustery rain on Thanksgiving-- and because it was in doubt one feast was delayed a day and another was added, so instead of having no Thanksgivings we had two in a row-- one Thursday and one Friday. The flight to Juneau was a tad scary, but the ferry home Saturday and Sunday morning (9:30pm-3:30am) night was also challenging. There were 15 foot seas and gusts to 67 mph at Eldred Rock lighthouse, so even the great big Taku shuddered and heaved and took an extra hour and change to make the trip north.

Sunday's Thought


"This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine.
This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine.
This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine-
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, shine, shine!"- A Sunday school song

So Much to Be Thankful For

I am not up early making stuffing and rolls, washing the napkins, cleaning like crazy-- Instead, my bag is packed and I'm ready to go and hoping daylight brings the sound of a small plane flying over the house so we can make it to Juneau for dinner with the family there.There have been no planes for four days because of bad weather, and the last ferry was Monday. We are kind of stuck, although there is a ferry today, but it leaves at 4:00 and arrives in Juneau at about 8:30 tonight, so if we can't make dinner we will at least be there in time for pie and leftovers tomorrow.

Weekend To-Do List

1. Make reservations to fly to Juneau Weds. for Thanksgiving.(The ferry leaves Monday. Too soon for Chip and I.)

2.Thaw turkey in case the plane can't fly.

3. Walk Pearl in the wet gale. 

4. Help Chip get five deer cut, wrapped and in the freezer.

5. Jonathan Ward's memorial service at 2:00 in the Legion today.

6. Zumba-yoga pinkfest fundraiser for Kaci  at 4:00 in the school gym.

7. Edit Dad's Christmas letter.

8. Figure out the lessons, collect, and a homily for Morning Prayer.



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