Heather's blog

Maybe We Can Pretend it's March?

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 least a choice-- and not a must-do with 7 weeks before the Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay.

Something Funny

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 issues. The first one is: How often do I vote? There are a choices, sometimes, never etc. I answer, "always." I have never missed a local, state, or national election, special ones included. The second question: Are you affiliated with or a member of any political party or movement? Again, a list of options.  I wait until I hear mine. " Yes.

Real Feel 17 Degrees

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 rummage and bake sale at the ANB Hall.  The annual spring student art show is going up on the walls of the school today. Tonight is the annual Spring Fling barbecue and dance at the fairgrounds, featuring Julia and the Perpetual Beer Run band. Tomorrow kicks off the annual spring community clean-up (and the weekend of rummage sale bargains).

Spring Cleaning, Writer-Style.

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 some kind of re-cycle center for white paper and old coffee cups. I print out every draft.  Just in case. And I save them all. Just in case.

A Little Drama was Just What I Needed

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 taking sides. It wasn't suitable for anyone under 18 either.  And there was an almost four minute nasty marital bedroom fight.  I mean really, in April, when it's still so cold, and just when you think it is spring it snows again? But the show was so well written (those Pulitzer Prize judges know their drama) and so well acted and directed that I was pulled in right from the start.

Signs of Spring

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 calm and the inlet was full of birds and smelled like May. John said the good thing about this year's bipolar weather is that we get to greet spring so many times, rather than just once.



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