This morning I had a note from a reader who recalled a poem I'd shared a while ago about kindness and empathy, that she knew ended with the word "bone", and how she needed to hear it again, but couldn't find it, and did I know what it was? Yes. It is Miller Williams' "Compassion". He was singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams father, and she wrote a song based on the poem. The sentiments in it are also something really important to keep in mind as I am sworn in tonight as a Haines Borough Assembly member. (The meeting begins at 6:30.) Honestly, is anything in this world truly random?
Of course all anyone is talking about is the snow-- about a foot at our house-- and how could it have been such a surprise? My friend Leigh said she looked out the window and dropped her morning glass of water right on the floor. Even my very organized neighbor has garden hoses that are now buried. I spent an hour this morning shaking the leafy branches of my cherry trees, lilacs, dogwood bushes, Mt. Ash trees, and some of the fancier roses with a broom to save them from snapping.
From "Angels", a poem by Mary Oliver:
"I don't care how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. It's enough to know that for some people they exist, and that they dance."
This weekend we celebrated two birthdays in our family, my grandson baby James, and my fourth child, his Auntie JJ. Here they are when James was brand new. (He's two now!)
In church, we said the birthday prayer from The Book of Common Prayer for them:
It was 28 degrees this morning. Which means I have to put the garden to bed. Now. Luckily it's so beautiful out that this is hardly a chore. Especially when I recall all those Octobers when I did this in the cold rain.
In the women's locker room at the pool this morning at 6:30 there was, as usual, not a whole lot of talk, but enough to make a person feel better for rising early, scraping the frost off the car for the first time this fall, and taking the plunge for a few laps. There is a kind of fellowship among we early bird swimmers and the aqua aerobics class that begins as our session ends.
“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
― E.B. White
Dear Haines, Thank you!
KHNS NEWS: In the six-way race for two Haines Borough Assembly seats, Heather Lende and Tom Morphet garnered the most votes. Preliminary election results show Lende with 483 votes and Morphet with 423. Incumbent Diana Lapham came in third with 363 votes. That includes absentee ballots. The results are unofficial until certified later this month. Here’s the preliminary vote count:
Why did I decide to run for Haines Borough Assembly? As if I don't have enough going on? It's sort of a long story--
Today's to-do list:
9:15 Walk Pearl
10:30 Chat with the Alaska Broadcaster's Association about my keynote speech to them Nov. 10
11:00 Bring the fuchsias and geraniums in for the winter and if there is time cut back the dahlias. There could be a frost anytime and I hate to snuff them out, but I'd also hate to lose them.
11:30 Lunch at the school with Caroline