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.

 The fire’s lit. We’ve been fed. You’ve had your coffee. So let’s walk, okay? I can hear them talking, I swear.  “Just a minute, let me make some oatmeal and veggie scraps for the hens. It’s freezing out there.” (Have you listened to the weather forecast?) I’m glad Chip’s coming home soon, since my life has become a Booth cartoon. Phoebe is not in the picture, as she does not care for walks and she has dragged Madi and Pearl’s bones under the table where she is guarding them with wicked growls. I am just thankful that no one saw us walking out on the beach in my long down coat, face mask, boots, and the flannel nightie fluttering in the North gale. (How perfect is the Wind Energy Basics and First Steps lecture at the library today 4 by Rich Stromberg from the Alaska Energy Authority?) Anyway, I might have made the Police Report. Then again, maybe someone did see me, and called, and I’ll read about myself in next week’s paper, which is actually publishing early because of Thanksgiving this week. Speaking of the holiday, there will be Thanksgiving yoga at 8:30 followed by the Turkey Trot 5K run/walk at 9:45 at the school. ( You can do one or both, but you probably don’t want to bring the dogs or wear pajamas.) Also on Thursday, there’s community Thanksgiving dinners at noon at the Port Chilkoot Bible Church and the Assembly of God. This weather is good for ice, and the Haines Hockey Association has been flooding the big rink at the Fairgrounds. It should be ready for skating any minute. Call Daymond at DeJon fish smokery or Paul at the brewery for an update. While you are at it, now is the time to order your holiday smoked salmon for the family Outside– and while you can’t mail a growler of Spruce Tip ale, you can send Haines Brewery Hats and T-shirts– and be sure, sure, sure, to shop locally first. Honestly, do Harry & David or the fine folks at Land’s End maintain your skating rink? The Friends are decorating the library all week for the Holiday Open House on Saturday from 3-5, please stop by if you’d like to help. Finally this morning, the counting continues in the tied house seat race between Bill and Jonathan. There are, I believe, about 86 more absentee votes being counted in Juneau today. We may have to wait longer for a result, as there will another count for the rest that have trickled in on Weds. according to Jonathan’s facebook update, and then there probably will be a recount, as it is so close. If they are still tied after all that, the winner will be decided by a coin toss.