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Feb 20, 2017
The last page of the book that last year's first graders wrote on the life of civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich says, "Thank you Elizabeth!" The children wrote the book after a trip to the... Read More...
Feb 19, 2017
"There is no less holiness at this time-- as you are reading this-- than there was on the day the Red Sea parted."- Annie Dillard
Feb 15, 2017
I knew a family who came to Haines from down south-- real south, I think it was Missouri, or maybe Arkansas-- who celebrated Valentine's Day with a Valentine Tree. The branches were bare and draped... Read More...
Feb 12, 2017
 Brian Doyle, whose work I'm a big fan of,  wrote about meeting Bishop Desmond Tutu in Portland back in 2015, and shared this impromptu riff Tutu gave on faith, "The world will say you are silly! Be... Read More...
Feb 09, 2017
Since you've asked what my schedule is:  I will be giving a reading and answering questions (weather permitting as I'm flying from Haines) tomorrow, Friday Feb. 10 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor... Read More...
Feb 08, 2017
My friend Teresa calls Haines "spiritual boot camp," because it can be so challenging to love our neighbors as ourselves, especially after meetings like the one last night, where many angry people,... Read More...
Feb 05, 2017
 “Being civil isn’t just trying to be respectful toward the people we know. It is also to care about our common life...there’s something that binds human beings together that politics can’t create... Read More...
Jan 31, 2017
The first morning in San Pancho, Mexico, I walked down to the corner cafe, a one room affair with two French doors open onto the street so that it feels like a covered porch, to buy a cup of coffee. ... Read More...
Jan 30, 2017
It was so interesting that the lessons in church yesterday, which are determined years ahead, spoke so clearly about current events, and the proper response to them. The Old Testament was from Micah... Read More...
Jan 29, 2017
It was quite a week--  I'm still floating from the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities ceremony in Juneau Thursday night. To be included with the seven other awardees from across the state... Read More...
Jan 26, 2017
Yes, Mexico was wonderful-- the light, the sand , the warmth, the palms and pink and red and white bougainvillea-- I especially love the little town with its solid colorful buildings, the paint and... Read More...
Jan 13, 2017
This morning I woke up to the windy wet in Juneau in my daughter's guest room. I listened to the sounds of the morning household in the dark-- a baby cried and was soothed, a toddler greeted the day... Read More...

Fun

Jan 10, 2017
At the church Epiphany party Sunday, the one where traditionally we burn Christmas trees, eat cake with a baby Jesus or a ring hidden in it to determine who hosts the next party (and last one before... Read More...
Jan 08, 2017
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual... Read More...
Jan 07, 2017
Wind chills to 25 below, singing "Earth as hard as iron, water like a stone"-- navigating paths, driveways, and streets "brushed with brooms of steel" with cleats on my boots,-- and the darkness! It'... Read More...
Jan 06, 2017
Talk about a dramatic weather forecast! This is the latest from NOAA on the Upper Lynn Canal for the next few days. This also means today's ferry has been canceled, and there are no home basketball... Read More...
Jan 05, 2017
I do get teased, especially now that I am on the borough assembly, about that title Find the Good. I should have predicted that. But now the funny thing is that I've cultivated the habit of doing it... Read More...
Jan 03, 2017
Happy First Day of 2017! (The sunrise and sunset on the pond are only about two hours apart..)  
Dec 31, 2016
I bought myself Mary Oliver's new essay collection for Christmas. Of one winter, she writes, "there was so much darkness. Darkness of nature, darkness of event, darkness of spirit. The sprawling... Read More...
Dec 28, 2016
...my true love gave to me, four calling birds.  I know when the pool is about to open for the Early Bird swim at 6:30 when I hear the theme for the Birdnote program on my car radio. This morning,... Read More...
Dec 23, 2016
Is anyone ever really ready for Christmas?( I mean this in big and little picture ways. ) I woke at five saying, "I have to bake four coffee cakes!" Then I counted heads for Christmas Eve and... Read More...
Dec 21, 2016
It really is lovely, in the rainy windy wet dark way that can be December in Haines, and walking on the beach yesterday made me feel "hale" like those young men in A Child's Christmas in Wales. I... Read More...
Dec 19, 2016
Saturday morning I filled a box of homemade cookies-by-the pound to get ahead with my "baking" and support the Salvation Army, walked in the snow to the last holiday craft bazaar at the ANB Hall, and... Read More...
Dec 18, 2016
"How necessary it is to cultivate a spirit of joy. It is a psychological truth that the physical acts of reverence and devotion make one feel devout. The courteous gesture increases one's respect for... Read More...
Dec 17, 2016
When I wrote my first book I was run over by a truck. Literally. So I'm used to how the universe encourages humility and emphasizes what really matters. While my daughter was in labor last Friday,... Read More...

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