Posts tagged: New Years Day

A New Year Far from Home

By , January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! As you read this, we are ringing in 2016 in Baranof Warm Springs, on the east coast of Baranof Island.

Yes, where else would the Haines Zeigers go on the holidays except deeper into the Alaskan bush?

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Back(ing) to the Future

By , January 1, 2015

Certain Aboriginal nations conceptualize life as backing into the future.

To the western mind, this seems wrong—we face the future, hurling ourselves headlong into it, ready to deal with what comes. The Aboriginal view actually makes more sense, because we know what’s happened in the past, we don’t know what will happen in the future. Backing into the future shows that reality and limitation; we gaze at the known as we advance into the unknown.

Perhaps, then, I should be more forebearing when the radio news does little but offer 2014 in review. I generally find it tedious and unnecessary. Ironically, I’ve looked back on our own year, and those beyond it, even more often lately than I usually do. Continue reading 'Back(ing) to the Future'»

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