Coconut oil-- who knew? I'm part of a yoga spring cleanse -- we are eating whole foods only, and no sugar, wheat, caffeine, alcohol or dairy and doing yoga daily- I know it's kind of like Lent, but later, but after the Easter ham and candy I'm okay with it. Anyway, one of the ingredients that we are encouraged to try is coconut oil. So, I cooked with it last night, and then read that it's good for your skin so put it on my face and it's nice-- so now I need a jar for my bathroom too.
From Sara Miles' gracious and funny Christian memoir, Take This Bread :
Holy Week and Easter celebrations kind of snuck up on me, no doubt traveling home from Hawaii all day Palm Sunday had something to with that. I’m not the only one who seems to be surprised by Easter this year-- most of my friends are too, and there are grand openings puppet shows and concerts on the solemnest days in the Christian calendar. It makes me think that if there’s an earthquake, this time it might not be named after Good Friday.
It is hard to believe that just a few days ago I was wading in the warm Pacific and today I walked Pearl in full winter gear in a snowy gale. Still, this is good unpacking weather. And yes, we had a wonderful time playing with the baby and 3 year-old Caroline, swimming, jogging, napping and reading--Richard Ford's Canada, Jennifer Lowe-Anker's Forget-me-not, and Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping. I also read the latest James Lee Burke.
Oh great. Fireman Al and Lyle are on the radio giving the weekly Safety Report and it's all about the hazards of traveling Outside just as I am packing for a trip to Hawaii for spring break with my daughters and grandbabies. The list of hazards is endless-- from lost tickets to lost children-- and don't forget to leave the hand lotion behind and remember what your rental car looks like. Breathe. I can do this. And I will. Yesterday I sent my new book off to the publisher on time and in good enough shape, I hope, to be on the spring 2014 list, where it's supposed to be.
"There is no mistaking love. You feel it in your heart. It is the common fiber of life, the flame of that heats our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives. It is our connection to God and to each other." - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Our girls did not fare as well against Craig, but since the tourney is double elimination they are still in it, and play Metlakatla-- again-- at 11:30 today. The game will be broadcast on KHNS, where you can also find more tournament info.
Also, while I have your attention, here is the quote of the day from retired public health nurse and beloved elder Joan Snyder's letter to the editor in this week's Chilkat Valley News: "A doctor once suggested that birth control pills should be sold over the counter and cigarettes by prescription only. Good advice."
Oh my gosh- what a great game last night at the regional basketball tournament in Sitka. We listened on the radio. How fun was that to hear the Haines Lady Glacier Bears beat the Metlakatla Miss Chiefs in overtime? And Riley! I almost died for her when she was fouled attempting a three pointer when we were behind by three with about 20 seconds to go-- what terrible pressure! And then she sank all three! The volunteer announcers, Doug Olerud from Olerud's Market Center and my neighbor Lyle, a retired teacher and former basketball coach, could hardly contain themselves it was so thrilling.
With all that has happened this week in Haines, and the memories of last March suddenly fresh, thought you'd all like to read this recent article from the New York Times about Haines and heli-skiing, and parental love and risk, titled Extreme Grief.