My Heart is Not in San Francisco

 It is definitely tilting toward home, ( I leave tomorrow) but I have to say, the city by the bay is pretty nice, especially the weather. It is sunny and warm. ( I'm staying in a fancy hotel in Union Square- all the bell hops and a whistles. But the funny thing is, nothing works- the TV remote, the Internet, the shower head. Makes me miss the old Jupiter Hotel in Portland.)

# 11 on the PNBA bestseller list.

Phew, I finally arrived in my San Francisco hotel ( a lot more, er, traditional, than the Jupiter. Chocolates on the pillow here) after  a whole day in the Portland Airport, and one delay after another because of weather (fog) and a mad dash over the Golden Gate Bridge at rush hour to Book Passage for the talk. It was a very nice crowd, and in a terrific bookstore frequented by local authors Anne Lamott and Isabel Allende.  (Guess they were busy for my reading...

A Complimentary Condom

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, the decor is modern. Well, very mod, in a retro way. Molded plastic chairs, brushed steel, a platform bed. The hallways are outside, and made of astroturf. It is very clean, I don't mean to imply grungy. Just hipper than I'm used to. A lot hipper.

Sleeping Well In Seattle

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 of the Seattle pitchers. If it had been a Little League Game, it would have been very hard to watch. But since I wasn't related to anyone, I had a terrific time.  The sun was shining, Safeco Field is beautiful, we had great seats (row 19 behind home plate) ate brats and drank a beer. Last night we had dinner with Mario and Eve, and this morning are off to church.

The Wedding & Tour Update

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, with lawns and gardens, huge wooden doors, stucco arches and broad terraces with slate floors.

Raven's Brew Special

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 is it to have good coffee while you read my book? And how nice is it to have a coffee company that supports authors, and the arts in Alaska, the way Raven's Brew does? Thank them for me when you order your  coffee.  

Star Tribune Review. (Terrific!)

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 columnist that are both ripping good yarns and insightful meditations.
In her second book, Heather Lende, a columnist for the Anchorage Daily News and an obituary writer for the paper in her hometown of Haines, offers 15 well-turned essays about living in the shadow of death in a world both harsh and beautiful.

Back in the Tour

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 Public Radio Network) when I was is in Anchorage, to hold you over for the time being. I am more than a little homesick, and truthfully, would have loved to fly home with Sarah, Rev.



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