Heather's Blog

Oct 03, 2016
  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-- My husband and I came to Haines in early 1984 so he could work for the sawmill... Read More...
Oct 03, 2016
  In the last election, just 38% of the registered voters in Haines cast a ballot. Honestly, aren't we more engaged than that? I still think that voting in Alaska should be linked to our permanent... Read More...
Oct 03, 2016
  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... Read More...
Oct 02, 2016
“Ten times a day something happens to me like this - some strengthening throb of amazement - some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that... Read More...
Sep 30, 2016
The North really showed off for the visit of the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge and the little prince and princess-- both day and night with sunny skies, golden leaves, and wild northern lights. It'... Read More...
Sep 28, 2016
There's a great line in Anne Tyler's novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, in which one of the characters, Red, a builder and now grandfather, declares that caller ID is like cheating-- It seems to me, he... Read More...
Sep 26, 2016
It's a kind of Goldilocks morning, what with Mama Bear and Baby Bear taking turns with which bed (of grass, in the back yard anyway) was the most comfortable last night. Fortunately Papa Bear was... Read More...
Sep 25, 2016
“One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native home of hope. When it fully learns that cooperation, not rugged individualism, is the quality that most characterizes and preserves it,... Read More...
Sep 21, 2016
Right after I wrote yesterday, Chip shot a moose. Number 17 in the Haines hunt. (They changed the board after checking us in.) The total will be 25, and that could be reached pretty soon. It... Read More...
Sep 20, 2016
There have been 14 moose taken in the hunt so far (at least as of last night according to the white board in the window of the Fish & Game office). We didn't get one of them, but, as Chip says,... Read More...
Sep 14, 2016
So, I am in a bit of trouble. The plumber arrived this morning to fix something in the basement that has to do with winter ventilation. The fan has been broken all summer, but needs to be working by... Read More...
Sep 12, 2016
Chip, my ever low key husband, who does not, as I do, love a good party, except with his family which he argues is plenty (and he has a point, there are enough of us that we are a crowd.. five kids... Read More...
Sep 11, 2016
I have spent two hours thumbing through books, searching folded pages and underlines, Googling around on love, loss, marriage, life-- to find a proper "thought" for Sunday 9-11. It's challenging.... Read More...
Sep 06, 2016
Chip rode 100 miles for his 60th birthday on Saturday. (As he said, 'What I'd really like for my birthday is for us to ride a 100 miles') I think I told you that already. Also, he won't be 60 until... Read More...
Sep 04, 2016
"As I grew older, I realized I only had questions. For a long time this made me feel vulnerable and afraid, and then suddenly, as though I'd reached a kind of emotional puberty, it made me feel... Read More...
Sep 02, 2016
I should have said, "September already?" (Tonight I'm looking forward to September's First Friday from 5-7 downtown, I saw John Hagen hanging his photography exhibit at Joanie's gallery, and there... Read More...
Aug 31, 2016
I am still trying to get back in the dance of normal days after weeks of being here and yon. And now I'm running for assembly, which may seem crazy, but my not so sub-conscious motive is that then I... Read More...
Aug 28, 2016
Yes, I am home from Tenakee, and was woken up this morning by a black and white domestic bunny rabbit thumping on the back door. He hopped under the greenhouse when I opened it. And last night we... Read More...
Aug 19, 2016
I'm on my way to Tenakee Springs, a tiny village on an island south of here, to see my friends Teresa and Larry, and meet with the Tenakee Springs book club. I have also packed flip-flops for the... Read More...
Aug 15, 2016
Bruce Weber, a long time New York Times obituary writer, said goodbye in a retirement column today with this observation that rings true even for my work in the much smaller Chilkat Valley News: "...... Read More...
Aug 14, 2016
From Rilke's Book of Hours, shared with you after hearing it read on the radio this morning... I circle around God, around the primordial tower. I've been circling for thousands of years and I still... Read More...
Aug 13, 2016
  I realize I might as well still be in Italy for all you have heard from me since I returned. I'm sorry. It's not personal. Rather, I have a house full of family and friends and it's been a tad... Read More...
Aug 07, 2016
From E.B. White: "I belong to a small, unconventional school that believes that no rat poison is the correct amount to spread in the kitchen where children and puppies can get at it. I believe that... Read More...
Aug 01, 2016
 My favorite Italian scene took place at a public pool in Florence (it was 99 degrees and we decided to go were the locals do to beat the heat). It was crowded with young people mostly, and a few... Read More...
Jul 12, 2016
"Travel is fatal to prejudice,bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."-- Mark Twain Oh my gosh. I am off to Italy with my daughter JJ. (What was I thinking?-- Wait-- it will be so fun..once we board the... Read More...

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