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.

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.

I know, I said Happy Tuesday and it is. Morning Muscles was crowded. Must be Lent? Or the daylight? We have a full 8 hours and 18 minutes today is what I think heard Jillian say on the radio this morning. It’s cooler today, but still spring like. Yesterday Chip and I rode the bikes outside. 

I couldn’t hear the radio because I am distracted by barking dogs. Three. I’m dog-sitting for family and neighbors. I am waiting for the morning dog walk parade to pass by the yard before venturing out with my pack for march on the beach.  I want to be good neighbor.

There’s a Rivertalk evening this Thursday at the Chilkat Center, and Dr. Wolfe has a pet shot clinic from noon to 1:30 Friday at the gas station where her office is across from the post office. (Pearl needs a rabies booster.) The Winter Olympics are once again happening at the Fairgrounds 10-1 on Saturday. (Although my guess is skiing and hockey are out. Perhaps a golf tournament? Golfers have been playing some of the ice free holes on the course.)

One more thing.

Excuse me.

“Quiet dogs!” 

Great, now they think I’m barking too, so we are all barking–

“Quiet!” “Woof” “Quiet” “Woof!”

Anyway,  where was I?

 I’m reading a book that will be out this spring about what author Melody Warnick calls, “the art and science of loving the place you live” and what makes a town or city “home”, and how you can help to create and support a thriving, caring community. Here’s one to-do list she includes in the book:

1. Walk more

2.Buy local

3. Do fun stuff

4.Explore nature


7. Eat local

8. Become more political

9. Create something new

10. Stay loyal through hard times