Heather's Blog

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...
Sep 19, 2017
Louise Erdrich was the guest author for the annual 49 Writers' retreat at Tutka Bay Lodge in Homer. She was so generous and genuine it made me want to be a writer again. (Lately, as you may have... Read More...
Sep 06, 2017
A quick correction-- I will be at the UAA Bookstore tomorrow evening 5-7, not 7 as I mistakenly typed yesterday ( I have since corrected it! ) It was pretty foggy yesterday, both outside and... Read More...
Sep 05, 2017
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... Read More...
Sep 03, 2017
"You get your confidence and intuition back by trusting yourself, by being militantly on your own side." - Anne Lamott ​ Is it a coincidence, that just when I needed to hear that, I read it, flipping... Read More...
Sep 01, 2017
I saw a friend yesterday who also used to have a home full of kids and I confessed that only she would appreciate how I had lived through all that busy family time, and along the way had many dogs—... Read More...
Aug 27, 2017
"When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love..." -- Marcus Aurelius  Meditations
Aug 24, 2017
This morning I was on a radio show with Bruce Weber, the New York Times obituary writer who wrote the obit for the man who  invented the Hokey Pokey, E.L. Doctorow, Edward Albee, Jonathan Demme.. to... Read More...
Aug 23, 2017
My friend was answering his phone "path of totality" this week, and it made me laugh-- as the lingo of the eclipse, like so many things, has other meanings in the wider world. Totality: wholeness,... Read More...
Aug 21, 2017
I never managed to get to Sunday's Thought yesterday, for all kinds of good reasons. Then this morning, my friend who has brain cancer and yet remains so cheerful and productive and generous with her... Read More...
Aug 19, 2017
I will be in Anchorage on Thursday, September 7 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm ( I note the hour because I have been up from 5-7 am a lot these days..) at the UAA Campus Bookstore, reading from my books and... Read More...
Aug 16, 2017
It was a late night waiting for the election results. The voting machines jammed, and the clerk wanted to be extra sure all the ballots were accounted for. The No Recall side won, 600 and some votes... Read More...
Aug 16, 2017
Yup, all three of us kept our Haines Borough Assembly seats tonight.  Tresham Gregg, me, and Tom Morphet- by 100 votes.Yay!

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