Heather's Blog

Dec 17, 2015
Yesterday I was in the bookstore when Lucy Harrell came in with her friend Jim and I asked if she was buying gifts and she said, "No, I'm giving them." She handed Liz a check for 1,000 dollars for... Read More...
Dec 15, 2015
I was so grumpy this morning that I had to say to myself "find the good" when I rolled out of bed at 5:15, which is kind of funny. I was at rehearsal last night from about 6-9 at the Chilkat Center... Read More...
Dec 13, 2015
"Remember: you are not who you think you are. You are what you do. Be the kindness of soft rain. Be the beauty of light behind a tall fir. Be gratitude. Be gladness."--  Kathleen Dean Moore in Wild... Read More...
Dec 11, 2015
The sun is out and the shadows are long. There's a north wind blowing and it's cooler. While there's no snow in town to speak of, we may have skating ice soon if the weather pattern holds. The line... Read More...
Dec 08, 2015
I have been writing Dad's annual Christmas letter, the one he always titles "Season's Greetings from Sunnyside Farm." My mom used to write the letter, but since she died, he has done it, with my help... Read More...
Dec 06, 2015
"When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability... To be alive is to be vulnerable." ~ Madeleine L'... Read More...
Dec 03, 2015
I would rather view today as a week from Thanksgiving than four weeks 'til Christmas. Blame it on my Episcopal raising, but I like to have a season of Advent between my two Turkeys. (Although I have... Read More...
Nov 30, 2015
It is so dark. I think the rain makes it even worse. I know it's not helpful to complain, and that the weather isn't personal, but honestly, have you seen the forecast? Rain all week. There's a mud... Read More...
Nov 29, 2015
"Whenever I am ready to rail at God," Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor writes, "I find those moments of gratitude. Those moments of satisfaction and joy help sustain me through those horrific moments of... Read More...
Nov 25, 2015
It was a hard night for friends and family of Steve McPhetres, the former school superintendent, runner, outdoorsman, musician, Juneau church leader, family man-- husband, father, grandfather, friend... Read More...
Nov 22, 2015
 "Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."-- From the Gospel according to... Read More...
Nov 20, 2015
As Guy Clarke sings, "It's blowin' like a hurricane and your riggin' will not stand it." Yes, it is about as nasty as it gets out there. All that freezing cold and lovely snow dashed and whipped... Read More...
Nov 19, 2015
It was so warm in my bed and so cold outside that I almost stayed right there instead of heading out to Morning Muscles in the frigid dark ( 12 degrees, snow as hard as iron, and blowing northern... Read More...
Nov 18, 2015
Karen Garcia of the Chilkat Valley News wrote about the Mackowiak's crash and survival for last week's local paper and today's Alaska Dispatch News. It's a great read. (So much to be thankful for on... Read More...
Nov 17, 2015
It's so beautiful with the snow and low, blue November light that I don't want to moan too much about the darkness. (It's really dark though, isn't it?) I suppose there is a lesson here-- the less of... Read More...
Nov 15, 2015
"Eternal light, shine in  my heart; eternal hope, lift up mine eyes; eternal power, be my support; eternal wisdom, make me wise." -- From Hymn 466 in the Episcopal Church hymnal.
Nov 14, 2015
My grandfather was French, and was made a member of the French Legion of Honor for his role in the French Resistance to the Nazis. His photo, in his WW II uniform, hangs above my stairs with other... Read More...
Nov 13, 2015
I've been caught up in ferries, grandchildren, dogs, friends, family, and helicopters for a few days and now it is snowing for real. So here's the big good news: Martha is up and talking and... Read More...
Nov 09, 2015
There is nothing like good news on Monday morning. Martha is off the tubes and doing well. A friend visited her last night and report:  "She looked Great!!.. She is recovering faster and better than... Read More...
Nov 08, 2015
"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." -Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince (In... Read More...
Nov 06, 2015
Last night we heard Martha is off her tubes and such, and is talking to her family and doing well. Turns out that's not quite true, she still has some assistance breathing, and had surgery this... Read More...
Nov 05, 2015
"Sometimes things don't go, after all, from bad to worse." That's a line from a poem by Sheenagh Pugh ( I think that's how to spell her name.) It's been rolling around in my head this morning with so... Read More...
Nov 03, 2015
The first snow showed up in flurries yesterday. But it's here more for real this morning, dusting the deck chairs and beach, the last pansies in the pot, and the windshield when I came out of... Read More...
Nov 01, 2015
"You will improve with practice, but practice will never make you perfect. Why should it? What fun would that be?"- Stephen King in his memoir On Writing
Oct 31, 2015
It's going to be a nice night to Trick or Treat for children and for their parents to get crazy and dance around the bonfires or walk from the Pioneer to the Fogcutter bars in costume. Also, we get... Read More...

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