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Jun 07, 2010
I just got to Portland, after dropping Chip off at the airport in Seattle, and found  a complimentary condom on the night table, with the hotel logo on it, along with a set of foam ear plugs. Also,... Read More...
Jun 06, 2010
I do better in hotel rooms with company, and Chip is here, which means I've been sleeping in. We went to the Mariners game yesterday. They lost 11-2. I was very glad that I wasn't the mother of any... Read More...
Jun 03, 2010
Just got  a note from my publisher, and Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs debuted at # 14 on the Pacific Northwest Booksellers bestseller list for the week ending May 30. 
Jun 03, 2010
That sounds almost like a country song, doesn't it? It is very nice to be in a place that feels so much like home. It's cloudy and cool and the brush on the side of the Bellingham bay trail is... Read More...
Jun 01, 2010
The wedding was outside, at the Terra Blanca winery, high on a hill in the vineyard overlooking the smooth, creased brown hills of Eastern Washington. The winery is new, but had an old world feel,... Read More...
Jun 01, 2010
Today is the last day to buy Raven's Brew Coffee at 15 percent off, as part of the Heather Lende Book Tour promotion. I know, it sounds a little silly, "the official book tour coffee," but how great... Read More...
May 31, 2010
A great review from the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Serious subjects, delightful results   (By PAMELA MILLER, Star Tribune)   Review: A highly readable collection of essays by an Alaska newspaper... Read More...
May 31, 2010
After Stuart and Lexie's wonderful wedding at a gorgeous winery near Richland Wa., I'm back on the tour, and will send more notes tomorrow- but here is an interview I did with APRN  (the Alaska... Read More...
May 28, 2010
 Richland, Washington is where I am today. (Having survived Denver, Boulder, and Salt Lake and left my talking car behind for an ordinary sedan.) I am also off the book tour beat, and on the... Read More...
May 25, 2010
Last night I was driving the rental car I call Starship Enterprise back from Boulder to Denver - the Boulder Bookstore is terrific, three floors of books, a cafe, and outdoor courtyard, smart staff... Read More...
May 24, 2010
I was in a hurry and cut and pasted the Globe review right in, loving the first line, and not really reading the rest. Well, I just did, (I'm back from Boulder and winding down before another big day... Read More...
May 24, 2010
(This same post is on 49 Writers, where I’m guest blogging this month. I wrote it Friday in Anchorage.)   For my first reading in Anchorage the microphone was broken. One thing I learned from the... Read More...
May 22, 2010
 The Globe has weighed in... and they like it! (I love the first line...) Here's the whole review:   TAKE GOOD CARE OF THE GARDEN AND THE DOGS: Family, Friendships, and Faith in Small-Town Alaska  By... Read More...
May 22, 2010
 The first two events of my book tour went well, I think. Title Wave in Anchorage and Fireside Books in Palmer both sold out. (And so people bought a bunch more of the first book, If You Lived Here,... Read More...
May 20, 2010
See you in Anchorage tonight, if you live there, and know my name, that is. I'll be at Title Wave books at 6:30, with a Haines slide show that wowed Eliza's second graders yesterday when I practiced... Read More...
May 19, 2010
 I am a little wiggy, preparing to be away for three weeks on a book tour. As most of you know, I get homesick in Juneau. And now I have Fireman Al, the safety guy, talking on the radio about the... Read More...
May 18, 2010
 I'm missing JJ's blog, which she says is over because she is not studying abroad anymore. I hope she'll start a new one, say, JJ's Adventures at Home. This morning I told her that she will be the... Read More...
May 17, 2010
The bear was the size of my Subaru, at least, and eating dandelions on the side of the road. It would have been nice to slow down and look at her, except that Chip and I were on bicycles. Bears can... Read More...
May 17, 2010
Melba Cooper from South Carolina is in Haines as part of a month long artist's exchange,  she has a great blog about her time here, with photos. (I've added it to the links as well.) There is an... Read More...
May 16, 2010
The sun is out, my kids are home, and I'm leaving soon for all points south so, if you want to know more about Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs  read this interview at The Alaska Dispatch. I... Read More...
May 14, 2010
All five of my children are now safe in Haines. The two big girls, women really, already live here, but the three college kids are back. The house smells like bacon and eggs and the music is up loud... Read More...
May 12, 2010
There's plenty being written and spoken about the former governor, but I may be one of the few lucky people that know he began each day with a 'hip-hip-hooray.' In Alaska, and probably everywhere by... Read More...
May 10, 2010
Last year for Mother's Day my children sat me down and said they had a surprise, I was going to be a grandmother. I surprised them by asking which one was about to be a parent. At the the time my... Read More...
May 07, 2010
 At least now when people say I'm a Kumbaya singing why-can't-we-all-get-along softie, they will be right. I sang Kumbaya today at Haines Assisted Living with Liz and her guitar and the folks that... Read More...
May 06, 2010
We babysat Caroline Cooper last night, her dad calls her CC. We call our daughter Joanna Jeanne, JJ. This got me thinking of community nicknames. I think it is a Haines and Klukwan thing. Fireman Al... Read More...

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