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, swims, hunts, and hikes-- and likes to walk her dog Pearl, and share meals with family and friends. Haines is her favorite place in the world.