Heather's Blog

May 22, 2015
It is so nice to be home-- I sort of jumped in with both feet and have a very full house this weekend. All five of my children will be home at once-- and all five grandchildren. No, it's not Thanksgiving-- it's the annual Haines beerfest and my son's birthday. The first thing...
May 13, 2015
It's been a flurry of a few days at home-- the sun, the garden, the family, the laundry and the construction-- the bedroom is more or less done, but the bath room is still wrapped in visqueen and tape and all the fixtures are in the hall. Still, I did not spend my time dealing with it-- I can...
May 10, 2015
My Dad always used to say it's nice to go away but nicer to come home. I'm not even sure how nice is it is to travel, since I prefer to stay put. I am not an adventurer. My father traveled a lot ( and in case you are wondering why I'm talking about my dad on Mother's Day, it's...
May 04, 2015
Actually, it's more like in the sky-- to-ing and fro-ing. Palmer was great Saturday, Fireside books is a terrific store, and it was really neat to see how the bookstore, a cafe, some shops, and the city have totally revitalized downtown Palmer into a charming little community center...
Apr 30, 2015
I spent an hour and half on a wonderful blog-- full of love and gratitude for the library  board and staff and Friends who made me feel like a lemon queen at the launch-- and for all of you who came and had me sign so many books- and for this town and the terrific people in it-- and...
Apr 28, 2015
Today is the publication date for Find the Good, which means it's for sale everywhere-- I hope. I also saw the audio book, they arrived at the Babbling Book store in Haines last week, but I haven't listened to myself yet. I'm not sure I can. It's weird to hear yourself, but you...
Apr 27, 2015
Tomorrow (April 28th) is the big book launch day, and the party at the Haines library 5-7, and then I'm off on tour Friday, first in Palmer at Fireside Books on Saturday, then Powell's in Portland Monday, the Ketchikan Library Wednesday, and then Old Harbor books in Sitka Thursday. (...
Apr 23, 2015
I am so grateful that the Haines library asked me to have my official book launch there and that it will also be the kick-off for LEAP (Library Expansion and Addition Project), the 10 dollar ticket will go toward the fundraising campaign (plus there will be a lot of good food and lovely lemon-y...
Apr 23, 2015
How does "the author" spend the two weeks prior to book launch day -- April 28th? The flu and a colonoscopy! (Do not laugh.) I'm in Juneau, and had "the procedure" yesterday afternoon and (thank goodness) won't need another one for ten years. (Yay!)  'Nuff...
Apr 19, 2015
Since this has been a whirlwind few days, with my new book, Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-town Obituary Writer, coming out as a a kind of surprise-- I had thought it would be unveiled like magic April 28th, but that was not the case-- I figured I'd give...
Apr 16, 2015
Old phonebooks needed Your old Phonebook donations will be appreciated at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. As enrichment we have been giving our raptors old phonebooks to tear up and they seem to love it... Our owl Sarah the Great Horned Owl has been sitting on hers! Thank you!! (I am not...
Apr 15, 2015
  It's here! The Find the Good tour schedule for the spring tour is done- I will post it properly on my site too, but know some of you are planning your May and would like a head's up. Also, the May 2nd Palmer, Alaska dinner with Fireside Books is ticketed and limited,...
Apr 14, 2015
Can you tell I have the flu? "Whatever"? Honestly. I read an article about Ronald Reagan and dementia that said one researcher who studied Reagan's word choices while he was in office  concluded that his growing use of vague nouns like...
Apr 12, 2015
I have the flu, I think. Achy, sore throat, nasty cough, sleepy. I came down with it right after an annual post-health fair check-up when I assured my new doctor that I never get sick, and that she will only see me about once a year, and always in April, as that's when I care most...
Apr 08, 2015
The Mexican quintet Metales M5 (they were great, "fabulous" even as my friend Nancy would say) managed to fly out today in all this wind and rain. The little airline office at the airport was like a scene from a Marx Brothers movie when they arrived, trying to squeeze in out of...
Apr 07, 2015
Before church Easter Sunday I asked Ivy (almost three) if the Easter Bunny had come to her house, and she said, "No." What no Easter Bunny?  "Santa Claus left us baskets of candy and presents and Jesus is going to hide eggs in the yard," she said.
Apr 06, 2015
There is nothing like a sunny, snow-free, mild Easter to make a whole town smile. It is so nice to be out of the gloom of Lent and in to spring. I keep thinking about what the Dalai Lama said, that death is a change of clothes, and how Jesus would no doubt agree, and I feel better about so...
Apr 05, 2015
Happy Easter!
Apr 01, 2015
With thirteen-plus hours of daylight now, the sun was up when I went to the pool this morning at 6:30, and I think some of the regulars were out walking in the fresh air with all the thrushes and robins where it sounds like spring too-- so the pool was kind of quiet. It will be noisy on...
Mar 31, 2015
So, a few days ago while walking our dogs on the beach, they ran into a mucky pond and chased a pair of mallards who have arrived earlier it seems than ever, like spring has. It's a good-new bad-news season. (Yes, no snow! Oh no! Why is it so mild?) We women friends decided that...
Mar 29, 2015
“I’ll give you a theory: Man’s closest relative is not the chimpanzee, as the TV people believe, but is, in fact, the dog.”  -- Garth Stein in The Art of Racing on the Rain.  
Mar 27, 2015
Children! Yesterday I had the brunettes- and I couldn't find my camera, I apologize, but my life has been like that lately in that everything I'm looking for is under  a pile of something I should be doing, before I do what I am actually doing... -- anyway, today I had...
Mar 25, 2015
  I got the first hardcover of my new book in the mail yesterday from my editor at Algonquin Books-- and it is thrilling to hold, but scary too. Remember that I was hit by a truck when my first book came out, and the memory of that haunts each launch, I'm afraid. (Although Garden and...
Mar 25, 2015
Really, I know it could still snow, we could even ice skate again-- that's all happened in Aprils past, but it sure feels like spring, smells like spring, and looks like spring from the lawn at Lookout Memorial Park near the harbor. I sent my comment into the borough this morning after a...
Mar 22, 2015
You may have noticed that I have been unreliable lately. There are many blank days with no notes from me. This is what happens to me when 1. I am finishing a manuscript (all last spring) and 2. When I'm waiting for publication (this spring. April 28th to be precise.) During both these times, it...

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