Heather's Blog

Jan 18, 2018
The stars are out this morning, the wind is cooler, and there is still ice underfoot but the beach sand is crunchy and frozen. Maybe the wetter days are behind us for a little while. The forecast is... Read More...
Jan 16, 2018
With all that's in the news, and yesterday's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, I have been thinking about the ways we teach our children, accidentally and on purpose. So much of how we feel toward... Read More...
Jan 14, 2018
"The Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice;... Read More...
Jan 09, 2018
  The plan was to ferry home from Juneau Sunday or Monday. (It's a minor miracle that there were 7:00am ferries north on both mornings.) After a day with Molly and James, and my daughter and her... Read More...
Jan 05, 2018
The little dog Lily who was missing out on Chilkoot Lake was found safe and sound with much joy all around, which I take as a good omen for the first week of the year.  While the rest of the country... Read More...
Jan 02, 2018
The cold and clear weather made for a few perfect (well, it's all relative) days of skating to close 2017. And just like the year itself, there were a few lows, but such highs that I wanted to cheer... Read More...
Dec 22, 2017
It's funny that the darkest day of the year was one of my brightest. I've been running full speed on obituaries and borough stuff and family and the dogs and Christmas-- work-- the whole year it... Read More...
Dec 17, 2017
"Imagine you can disagree without someone being wrong." It's the third Sunday in Advent, and in the bulletin in church today there were some suggestions for loving our neighbors (and everyone else)... Read More...
Dec 14, 2017
The other night, as I watched the primary school Christmas concert in the Chilkat Center, when all the children in grades K-4 in our town were on the stage in that one place, all together, singing... Read More...
Dec 12, 2017
 I have been on vacation is all, cycling in Tucson with Chip for a week. On day three I said, "I feel guilty-- no borough meetings, no blogs, hardly any emails-- nothing but riding bikes in the... Read More...
Nov 27, 2017
It is Monday and it feels like Monday.    Up at five, still cold and lots of snow, the fire was out, the puppy peed on the rug, my drip cup of coffee imploded when the filter broke and hot wet... Read More...
Nov 20, 2017
Therefore encourage one another and build up each other. --St. Paul That was from the readings in church yesterday, and it echoes a little note at the pool that someone put on the bulletin board... Read More...
Nov 17, 2017
I had big plans for my week off of assembly duties, and with Chip away, and the family all well and not in need of much help with anything, and no obits and no deadlines. I am working on a TV show... Read More...
Nov 14, 2017
I once tried to write a column for Woman's Day titled "Decorating with Dead Animals" but the idea was rejected.  I think the editor thought I was joking. I never intended to display animal antlers,... Read More...
Nov 13, 2017
"The issue is not whether to stand firm or compromise but how to express our firmness. When we express it with poise rather than rudeness, not only are we truer to our better selves, but we infuse... Read More...
Nov 11, 2017
Poet Mary Oliver says praying, writing, creating, living your life in a meaningful, courageous, and as with most writers, a public way-- we stick our hearts out-- doesn't have to be the "blue iris"... Read More...
Nov 01, 2017
"People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back." --Alice Walker, The Color Purple My week has gotten away from me,... Read More...
Oct 27, 2017
"This is what dogs give us-- a connection. A connection to life on earth, to all that binds and cradles us, lest we begin to feel too alone."--Patricia McConnell  in For the Love of a Dog    
Oct 26, 2017
The big news from the pool at yesterday's early bird swim was frost on the windshield (scraping required before we arrived at 6:30, in the dark) and the beautiful sunrise (the sky lit up through the... Read More...
Oct 20, 2017
  The forecast for tonight is for cloudy skies, and scattered rain and or snow showers. Which is why Shannon, who is organizing the annual Hospice of Haines "Light the Night" luminary remembrance... Read More...
Oct 17, 2017
A friend sings this song in the car in the morning as she leaves home: I have something in my pocket That belongs across my face. I keep it very close to me In a most convenient place.   I bet you'll... Read More...
Oct 16, 2017
“When it's time to die, go ahead and die, and when it's time to live, live. Don't sort-of-maybe live, but live like you're going all out, like you're not afraid.”  ― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of... Read More...
Oct 12, 2017
I won't say I'm used to bad news-- but certainly the headlines lately leave little room for optimism-- the president is off the rails,  Hollywood too, and fires and floods, mean-ness and murders in... Read More...
Oct 09, 2017
I've been whistling "Monday, Monday, la laaa, la la la laaa..." --  Because, as the poet Billy Collins says-- in his poem Monday,  " the birds are in their trees, the toast is in the toaster and the... Read More...
Sep 24, 2017
“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.”  ― Abraham Joshua Heschel ​ Chip is out moose hunting in the fog, and I am home puppy sitting. My timing on... Read More...

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