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Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer.

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Heather Lende

2 Hours 44 Minutes

HighBridge Company

April 2015

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“Compared to front-page news, obituaries are downright inspirational. Writing them is my way of transcending the bad and has taught me the value of intentionally trying to find the good in people and situations. We are all writing our own obituary every day by how we live. The best news is that there's still time for additions and revisions before mine goes to press.” – Heather Lende, from Find the Good As she was digging deep into the lives of community members, Heather Lende, the obituary writer for her tiny hometown newspaper in Haines, Alaska, began to notice something. Even the crustiest old Alaskan sourpuss who died in a one-room cabin, always had Halloween candy for the neighborhood kids; the eccentric owner of the seafood store who regularly warned her about government conspiracies knew how to be a true friend-his memorial service was packed. When Lende started intentionally seeking what was positive and true in people and situations in her own life-whether it was finding common ground with her opponents on the school board or accepting that her unmarried daughter's pregnancy might be a blessing-she felt happier and life seemed more meaningful, too. Awful events-from recent school shooting across the country to a fisherman drowning in Haines-are always followed by dozens and dozens of good deeds. When tragedy strikes we can choose to focus on the first responders rushing toward the scene or the guys grilling hot dogs for hurricane refugees, and, like yawning, caring is contagious. There's so much to gain by taking responsibility for your own happiness and nothing to lose. In stormy times like these we have to make our own good weather and Find the Good shows us how.

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  • Lynne Fort

    Honestly, this book wouldn't be half as good if Lende wasn't such a good narrator. She has a voice that you want to listen to. She's just an excellent oral storyteller. The book itself is sweet and uplifting, and not as trite as you might think based on the summary. Lende is a down-to-earth person, and the lessons she's learned are lessons real people can apply to their lives.

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  • Kenneth D.

    Pleasant book to listen to during these lock-down days. Reminds us what is important and that there is good in everybody!, The author as narrator also added to the experience.

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  • carlygerig

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. Listening to the author narrate made it especially enjoyable as she read with spirit and conviction. I plan on checking out what else this author has to offer. It was heartwarming, uplifting and an important reminder to find the good in all that we can.

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  • Judy H

    Cried and laughed with this book. A few things hit home as my dad was going through knee replacement surgery. (his 8th joint surgery) so its hard to think about taking the time to listen. Just made me realize I need to slow down and enjoy people a little more before they are gone. Also encouraged me to continue my education and I would just die to be able to be an obituary writer and help people celebrate their lives.

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  • Neharika B.

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. I loved the way it was narrated. The story is blended with many emotions. Overall mood lifter and changer. I would recommend this book strongly. It will make you laugh and cry at same time.

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  • Nancy Z.

    great book! reminder of what is most important!

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  • Kristin R.

    Great easy book to listen to. There is a moral to the book and various life lessons. It’s worth listening to and could help with those who struggle to see the good to actually do so.

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  • Krista D

    Wasn’t that impressed overall. Some of the stories got a little lost.

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