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.

From Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies:

“Our preacher Veronica said recently that this is life’s nature: that lives and hearts get broken — those of people we love, those of people we’ll never meet. She said that the world sometimes feels like the waiting room of the emergency ward and that we who are more or less OK for now need to take the tenderest possible care of the more wounded people in the waiting room, until the healer comes. You sit with people, she said, you bring them juice and graham crackers.” ― Anne Lamott

Our vicar, Jan, said today at Zoom church, that she knows it’s hard for us all waiting at home and still comfortable, doing the right thing by keeping our distance, not to literally sit with people who may need us, but we can hold each other tenderly and kindly in what has become a global emergency room– by all the ways in which we communicate, and think, and pray. That’s important she said. Hold on tight to love.