Heather's Blog

May 03, 2016
Gershon introduced me as Haines' Eulogist Laureate at Ray's memorial, and I actually kind of like the title. That Ray Menaker and John Schnabel died within a few months of each other, and that they... Read More...
May 01, 2016
"Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough."- Garrison Keillor "One sweet thing about being a Catholic is that you can politely ask for forgiveness, and be granted... Read More...
Apr 27, 2016
Here's an idea for a new book, or  a TV show-- Death and Taxes, about an obituary writer and an accountant. (I haven't gotten farther than the title...) It came to me at the grocery store yesterday... Read More...
Apr 22, 2016
I should apologize, I am so wiggy that I have not been able to stop by here this week. It's spring affected disorder and there are too many stories in my head at once to make sense of anything. The... Read More...
Apr 17, 2016
"Most of us walk a winding path. Such is God's world; such is God's truth. Accept this. There is no need to resign ourselves to despair. Relish this rich life! Find the grace and beauty around every... Read More...
Apr 15, 2016
My favorite line from Erma's obituary came from a letter her nephew Omar sent to Erma's daughter Debra-- "I struggle to think of anyone I have known who genuinely cared more for others than herself... Read More...
Apr 12, 2016
I have been in Homer a long weekend, hosted and feted by the Friends of the Library there. I was a special star because the Haines library, which I am on the board of, inspired the Homer community to... Read More...
Apr 06, 2016
April showers will bring April leaves-- the next time the sun comes out, which may be Friday. In the meantime it's been a little wet and windy and kind of chilly-- 45 and rain is colder than you'd... Read More...
Apr 04, 2016
                                                                                                    John's Truck We sent John Schnabel off with the kind of party he would have liked on Saturday,... Read More...
Apr 01, 2016
I fought with my forgotten Skype IDs and passwords for two days so I could talk with an interviewer in South Korea for ten minutes, entertained guests-- twice--, had a eulogy to write for John... Read More...
Mar 28, 2016
Yup, the Haines women won the Gold Medal tourney in Juneau this weekend, and after we all arrived home on the ferry at noon yesterday, took naps, and had a quiet Easter dinner, we all went to bed. I... Read More...
Mar 24, 2016
I know it is Maundy Thursday-- the night of the Last Supper, and tomorrow is Good Friday, and Easter isn't until Sunday, but it is a moveable feast, and it sure feels like a happy morning today after... Read More...
Mar 22, 2016
Writer J. California Copper wrote that it's not so hard to face death-- as we all have to, and so really have no choice--the challenge she said was living. So you may ask, "Where have been, what's... Read More...
Mar 19, 2016
It has been a hard ten days, we cut short our cycling trip after our dear friend's son died following a deep depression. Writing the obituary while hosting the family in our home, which was a tornado... Read More...
Mar 04, 2016
I will miss the ballet recital tomorrow, but you can still go if you are in town, it's at 10:30 in the Chilkat Center, and you don't need to have a relative in it to love, love, love it-- the... Read More...
Mar 03, 2016
I flew from Kodiak to Anchorage first thing Sunday morning, and the plan was to fly Alaska Airlines from there to Juneau shortly after arriving, which meant I'd be able to spend the day and night in... Read More...
Mar 02, 2016
I came home in time to vote in the Republican caucus poll, but am not a Republican so I couldn't. The Republican I am married to did not vote. He can't see any of the candidates being president. One... Read More...
Feb 25, 2016
Of course it is. Even if the pool is closed and Marnie is out of town so there is no yoga or Morning Muscles, and it's raining and gray. So gray that yesterday planes didn't fly all day (in spite of... Read More...
Feb 23, 2016
It was like the 80s logging and mill battles all over again last night at the Chilkat Center only this time it was mining vs. fish. (Sort of. It wasn't meant to be, but we jumped the gun.) "A little... Read More...
Feb 22, 2016
I have two obituaries to write today for teacher Betty Venables who taught at The Haines Christian School back when there was one,  and George Meacock Jr., who was the son of a prominent pioneering... Read More...
Feb 21, 2016
“They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't... Read More...
Feb 19, 2016
The Chilkat River isn't so much talking this morning as it is howling-- my face has a fine layer of silty grit thanks to the dust storm blowing down from Klukwan. I would have taken a picture, but my... Read More...
Feb 17, 2016
I read something funny the other day, that the same person who put the ru in February must have put the ne in Wednesday. It is that time of year when even the little things can be difficult to deal... Read More...
Feb 16, 2016
Here is a short, non-political, critically informative video explanation of Alaska's financial crisis by Gunnar Knapp that every Alaskan should watch and share with friends. Thanks to Charles... Read More...

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