I live and write on Lingít Aaní, and gratefully acknowledge the past, present and future caretakers of this beautiful place, the Jilkaat Kwaan and Jilkoot Kwaan.

When Robin Williams visited Glacier Bay, a few miles as the the eagle flies from here, he supposedly said that if this isn’t God’s backyard, he certainly lives nearby. 

The bigger question, is would we recognize God at the harbor, or Main Street, or even in our own backyard? I think so. One of this weekend’s wedding guests from Arizona asked me if we got used the dramatic environment– the views, the wildness, the sea and mountains and big trees, and I said no, we don’t actually. Everyday there’s something that more or less floors most of us, I suspect. I believe that it is something divine.

Also, there is a lot going on this week. The borough assembly meets tonight, the radio board on Weds., the planning comission Thursday, and Friday Christy Fowler is having her Dr. Phil songs sung by local musicians in a really fun show at the Chilkat Center, 7pm, with free childcare provided. It’s going to be great. (I know a dancing girl who is in it…) There’s a celebration of bears Friday and Saturday downtown and at the library, and a book signing at the library Saturday at 1:00 with Canadian cookbook author Michele Genest (I’ll interview her here tomorrow or Thursday)  and don’t forget to vote on Tuesday or by in-person absentee at the borough office. It’s the primary, so you may not have been planning on it– but the big repeal the 2 billion dollar oil giveway vote (that’s what the big red YES signs all over town, including at our store, are about) is also on the ballot.