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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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I’m Reading to You, Right Now.

I have just posted the first chapter of Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs on my website, you may go to the new section videos to watch it. (I think, it may take a bit to all line up.) I plan on reading the book, all 15 chapters, through April, so will post about one chapter every other day, perhaps more often. I hope you like it. Im a little nervous. (Also, know that is one take, becaus...

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Thank you for writing me! That is a hard question. (They tend to be ones I just read.) But, here are five infulential books that I loved:
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"Heather asked me for a blurb for this book last May. I warned her that I almost never do blurbs because, well, I suck at them. She sent me the book and that evening I emailed her thusly:

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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

“People don’t gather after a death to mourn, but rather to reaffirm why life matters and to remember to exult in the only one we’ll ever have. We hold funerals, memorials, celebrations—whatever you want to call them—to seek and to find the heart of the matter of this trip we call Life.”
Heather Lende, Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer




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