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Heather Lende

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Heather Lende is an obituary for the Chilkat Valley News in Haines, Alaska. She is also a former contributing editor at Woman's Day, a columnist for the Alaska Dispatch News, and author of Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-town Obituary Writer (2015), a memoir of faith, family, and community Take Good care of the Garden and the Dogs (2010), and NY Times bestseller, If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: The News From Small-town Alaska (2005). A Middlebury College grad with an MFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage, Heather has lived in Haines for over thirty years. Her husband owns a lumberyard there and they have five children and five grandchildren. Heather is a hospice, library, and radio station volunteer, cycles, ...more

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Heather Lende I am at the tail end of the Find the Good book tour and all the hoopla that comes with publication. (The let down part, actually, where I am home…moreI am at the tail end of the Find the Good book tour and all the hoopla that comes with publication. (The let down part, actually, where I am home after a month of traveling and the dog and the garden and the chickens and the husband and the mail and the community I live in all need my attention. As soon as the dishes and laundry are done -- tomorrow I'm cleaning the kitchen cupboards--- I will get to revising a novel I have written that I hope to publish. It's called A Hole in the Middle of a Pretty Good Heart.(less)
Heather Lende It came from an essay I was asked to write on what advice I'd give my grandchildren on my deathbed. "Find the good!" I said, surprising myself. I…moreIt came from an essay I was asked to write on what advice I'd give my grandchildren on my deathbed. "Find the good!" I said, surprising myself. I figured if they do that, the rest will fall into place. (less)
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My husband Chip and I cycled out to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve parking lot, and on the way back my rear wheel popped a spoke. It just went "ping" and I wobbled to a stop. Chip, being ever chivalrous (and just like me) saw no reason to cut short his ride, so he suggested I hitchhike the 17 miles home. (Walking in my cleated bike shoes is slow going.) So I waved goodbye and waited. There was...

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“I wonder if to be human is to know that we can't ever banish pain and ugliness from the world, only learn from it and create something beautiful and good out of it ...”
Heather Lende, Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs: Family, Friendships, and Faith in Small-Town Alaska

“I have a friend who says we spend the first half of our life building it and the second half preventing it from falling apart. I’d rather be under construction when I die.”
Heather Lende, Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer

“Only adults weep with joy. Children don't. They haven't learned how rare moments of true happiness are.”
Heather Lende, If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska




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