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.

It’s a busy day with two obituaries to write before I leave for Anchorage (UAA Bookstore 5-7 pm Thursday night) and a writing retreat in Homer with Louise Erdrich (!) – I can’t quite believe I just typed that. And today it is supposed to be 75 and sunny, which sounds equally amazing after the rain yesterday, and the cool rainy months of summer. (Now it is dark and foggy, I can hear the cruise ship horns out on Lynn Canal.) Over the weekend the bookstore changed hands, with the Heywoods passing the torch to Darcee Marsano. We all toasted the old and new at a First Friday party on Main Street. Haines is so lucky to have a bookstore, I love shopping there. 

The Glacier Bears hosted a home cross country meet (complete with a pep band) and the kids held the homecoming dance,  and the elders celebrated Doris Ward’s 90th birthday at Haines Assisted Living. Doris invited everyone to her centennial noting, “If I’m not there, go ahead and start without me.” Sunday, many attended Bruce Gilbert’s funeral at the Presbyterian Church. (That’s the obituary I am writing today. He lead a wonder filled life.) The new preschool is beautiful, and  classes started today, and they are driving piles across Tlingit Park and the road for the new harbor breakwater. There is a community meeting on the recreational/sport fishing facility (the parking lot and sport boat launch at Lookout Park) and the adjacent parking and pedestrian access to the water and park amenities, Thursday at 5 PM in the assembly chambers. The engineers would like to hear from you about the proposed waterfront developments. 

 And here is the column I wrote on my trip to Unalaska, I thought you might like it.

Darcee ,and the Heywoods, and Margaret, who found the Babbling Book store 25 years ago this week —and it’s still going strong. (Thank you!)