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Dec 19, 2009
 We missed the party at the Klondike last night because an old friend arrived from Anchorage, over the rivers and passes and through the snow. He was kind of groggy from the 900 mile drive,... Read More...
Dec 17, 2009
 I sort of promised to write about Sarah's baby shower in my Dispatch column this week, but I was a little frantic, the way I am on a deadline (today at 4:00pm) and I couldn't find my notes. So I... Read More...
Dec 17, 2009
 Tonight the Haines  A'Capella Women's Choir (HAWC with a hard C) will be rehearsing at the new Haines Assisted Living home (HAL)  from 6:00-7:00. (Click the link for the Dec.16 KHNS feature to hear... Read More...
Dec 16, 2009
 Three cheers for Lenise Henderson-Fontenot  who has bucked the seasonal Haines trend by opening a Main Street store instead of closing one. The Rusty Compass coffee and gift shop is open afternoons... Read More...
Dec 16, 2009
It is still dark,  and I am listening to the sounds of my house waking up. The radio is on in the kitchen and in the upstairs bathroom. My son is playing his guitar and singing "A Boy Named Sue". My... Read More...
Dec 14, 2009
On my way to jog I checked on the chicken coop. I unplugged the electric fence, scooped some cracked corn and layer mix into the feeder and found one cool egg in the laying boxes. Four hens, one egg... Read More...
Dec 13, 2009
 The pines are the preferred tree by old-timers and those in the know, because their needles are soft, they last longer in the house, and I suspect,  because they are really hard to find and even... Read More...
Dec 12, 2009
 This week's column is up at the Alaska Dispatch. They are posted every Friday night. It is a busy day today, we are off to skate at 11 mile ( I will wear a helmet) find a Christmas tree somewhere up... Read More...
Dec 11, 2009
Tomorrow evening at the Legion the Haines Uglys (yes, that's how they spell it) --formerly the U.M.F.s,  which stands for exactly what you might guess, thus the name change-- will host their annual... Read More...
Dec 09, 2009
There may be only 11 days until the shortest the day of the year, but the bears are still moving. I know they are up the Chilkat River feeding on dying salmon in the open leads because hunting guides... Read More...
Dec 09, 2009
 Quick, before it snows, my friend Tom says the ice skating is perfect at 11 mile. Also, Jesse Piper is going to the state wrestling tournament and Tiana Taylor is helping to raise funds for his... Read More...
Dec 09, 2009
 The Christmas holidays are in full swing in Haines. There is only one bazaar left, at the ANB Hall this Saturday. We've had the Lighting of the Library and the Lighting of the Fort, the Christmas... Read More...
Dec 07, 2009
I did get both flu shots on Friday, the H1N1 and the seasonal flu, and survived the weekend without anything worse than a sore arm. But, I made a mistake--the H1N1 shot is Free-- it is the seasonal... Read More...
Dec 05, 2009
My friend Bobbi used to take media-fasts, something I reminded all of us who keep compulsively clicking on all news about T.W.I.W.N.N. in my last Dispatch column. All I can say is thank goodness for... Read More...
Dec 03, 2009
 Here's a what I have learned about olive oil from my daughters: when one was eight, she taught me that olive oil is a great way to remove head lice. We rubbed her hair (and ours) in it, then wrapped... Read More...
Dec 01, 2009
 Sorry to be quiet today. I got locked out of my blog and couldn't get back in. These cyber offices are not for the forgetful. Write passwords down and put them someplace besides the pile of papers... Read More...
Nov 30, 2009
 I was feeling well enough to stand up and make turkey soup yesterday, but felt like I'd climbed Mt. Ripinsky afterward, not the good tired, the sore muscle tired. Then I saw a note from my friend... Read More...
Nov 28, 2009
 Just kidding, I'm feeling a little better today, I'm cool instead of hot, and can swallow. But I understand now how the influenza in 1919 (I think that was the year) killed more people than battles... Read More...
Nov 27, 2009
Thanksgiving was going to be a small enough crowd this year to sit down at the table. The Nashes were having their own dinner, with all twenty of them, but two of the girls got stuck in Juneau as... Read More...
Nov 24, 2009
 I'm not really in the real news business. But my friend Tom, the editor of the Chilkat Valley News did make me think yesterday, when he noted that my work this week for the paper  is not the kind of... Read More...
Nov 23, 2009
 We baptized baby Aurelia Trinity yesterday at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Mission. Her young parents Franny and Addison used to live here and came up from Juneau for the blessed event. And... Read More...
Nov 22, 2009
An email from my wandering son, the first in weeks mind you:  Hey mom, all is good. I went sky diving today, pretty sweet jumping out of a plane at 12000 feet, not much else is new. I'm heading back... Read More...
Nov 20, 2009
 "It smells really good in here" my daughter Eliza said coming in the door from her day teaching. We have been home for ten days alone-- my husband has been deer hunting, my other Haines daughter and... Read More...
Nov 18, 2009
 I am supposed to be writing a new Dispatch column, but my head is still in this novel I'm finishing a draft of and I'm finding it hard to shift gears. (I love saying that, "this novel I'm writing."... Read More...
Nov 17, 2009
I woke up at five fifteen, looked out the window at the snow,  pulled on snow pants, boots and a coat over my pajamas, turned the coffee on and went outside  in the white dark and shoveled my way to... Read More...

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