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Feb 16, 2010
 We ate king crab tonight at my daughter's house that  her friend (and ours, and everyone's really) Stuart caught this afternoon and cooked for us. It took a while for him to find the propane burner... Read More...
Feb 14, 2010
 When I told my daughter Sarah I wouldn't be able to attend the basketball game, or hold the baby while she watched the Haines Lady Glacier Bears beat the Lady Wrangell Wolves again --the baby's tiny... Read More...
Feb 12, 2010
Maya, who is about five, said to Sally, who is also about that age,"can we have a sleepover?"  Sally's mother Sara said "not tonight." Then precocious Maya, who is tiny with lots of dark curly hair,... Read More...
Feb 11, 2010
 Yup, you read right. There is now a real, honest to goodness Haines Tuxedo, and I'm not talking about Dan Henry's Salvation Army dinner jacket or Lee Heinmiller's T-shirt with the tux design on it... Read More...
Feb 11, 2010
 This morning I had nice notes from an undertaker in Plano, Texas (it is snowing there),he said he  knows what I mean when I say I snowshoe with the departed; and a special-ed teacher with a dog... Read More...
Feb 10, 2010
The moose was about three feet from the window  when Forte started barking. There is a difference in a friendly, " I really need to go out" or " someone's at the door" bark and a moose in the yard... Read More...
Feb 09, 2010
My friend Annette sent an email inviting me to audition for a play, C.B. Gilford's "Bull in a China Shop" being put on by Lynn Canal Community Players. In her note, Annette said it was about six... Read More...
Feb 07, 2010
When Greg looked at the Olympic torch that the newspaper editor, Tom, had made for him to carry while he ran around the skating rink at the fairgrounds, he frowned. It was an alder branch spray... Read More...
Feb 06, 2010
Haines has more snow than Whistler, that's what organizers of the Third Haines Winter Olympiad say, and from the view out my back door, it seems correct. The games begin today at 11 (and end before... Read More...
Feb 05, 2010
Diana Rutzebeck Tillion of Halibut Cove (near Homer) died this week, she was 81 according to an obituary in the  Anchorage Daily News. A couple of autumns ago I took Diana and her daughter Martha up... Read More...
Feb 03, 2010
Well, it has been a big day around here. The advanced reader copies (or ARCs) of my new book, Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs  are out and I'm hearing good things from booksellers across... Read More...
Feb 02, 2010
Before going to bed the other night I was reading an article in The Week on the global economy. This prompted me to check the labels on my (I thought) very American clothes. My shirt (Woolrich) was... Read More...
Jan 31, 2010
When the Chilkat Valley Jeopardy announcer said, "This local businesswoman once danced in a gilded cage at the Totem Bar" not everyone knew  where that was, much less who he meant, until she, who was... Read More...
Jan 29, 2010
 Remember that song? "Welcome to my Dream?" I know you've heard it, and I did last night. Bing Crosby sang it on his way to Dawson City from Skagway with his pal Bob Hope in a 1946 movie called "Road... Read More...
Jan 27, 2010
When you shop on-line no one sings "yes, we have no bananas".In the grocery store yesterday, as  everyone was busy unloading fresh freight from the Seattle barge-- apples and salad fixings, milk and... Read More...
Jan 26, 2010
 Apparently some readers are not familiar with Henry's snoose, (or  sometimes spelled snus.) It is a powdered dipping tobacco that you place between your lip and gum. Snus (or snoose) is a wet form... Read More...
Jan 25, 2010
 My knees are sore thanks to the nice weather ( well, relatively nice: sunshine, and  mild temperatures in the mid to high 20s, although it is kind of windy, especially on the Skagway side of town)  ... Read More...
Jan 23, 2010
 Here is an email I received about the baby from my sister Kathleen in N.Y.: Hi  Granny, Can you e-mail me Sarah's mailing address and  phone# Do  you think she'd prefer clothing or silver for... Read More...
Jan 23, 2010
So Kathleen emails me back and says "Empress Caroline? In this economy I should be able to find a tiara lying around." Actually, Caroline looks just fine without any bling. She doesn't need silver or... Read More...
Jan 21, 2010
We are having a party to celebrate Ellen (30 years) and Reba's (20 years) combined 50 years of service to the library today from 4-6. Please join me ( and lots of other folks) for refreshments and... Read More...
Jan 20, 2010
 Jacob Weerasinghe, 5,  raised over 250 dollars Saturday for Haitian earthquake victims at Lutak Lumber  selling hot cocoa. "His Uncle Roger bought two cups for forty dollars and someone else gave a... Read More...
Jan 20, 2010
 Lucy said that all you have to do to get a baby to sleep is put them in the hat rack on your plane and fly to 5,000 feet. She said the same thing works for ornery drunks, although they sometimes... Read More...
Jan 19, 2010
Light snow covered the car this morning as Eliza left for Morning Muscles class at 5:45. The snow banks in the driveway are like walls, taller than the car roof, and the road was white. The lights of... Read More...
Jan 18, 2010
 As I watched a TV news clip of the Navy hospital ship Comfort cruising to Haiti to help with the relief effort, my first thought was that the cruise lines (that also frequent Alaska in the summer)... Read More...
Jan 18, 2010
 Today I am housekeeping, answering mail, and getting organized. (The Christmas lights really should come off the porch.) But I wanted you to know that the Alaska Dispatch column about the baby's... Read More...

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