You know those people who mastered baking sourdough bread during the early days of the pandemic, posting on Instagram a line-up of top-browned mouth-watering loaves? Or, those who took to the garden, posting a beautiful arrangement of flowers “straight from the soil out front.” One friend posted the impressive number…


What Happens Next?

I pull into the narrow driveway leading to the entrance of the Westwood Memorial Cemetery. They’d been closed to visitors during the height of the pandemic but had recently re-opened. What’s with the locked gate?

I slip on my face-mask, grab the flowers I’d picked from our…


A Song for the Lifeboats

Holiday Cards looked a little different this year. Well, everything looked a little different this year. The cards ran the gamut. We received ’Tis the weirdest season, 2020 Has Been Bananas, stay safe so that we can see eachother back in the jungle in 2021……


Would I rather be on Delta, in a First-Class seat, tucked away with my laptop, masked and sanitized to the hilt? Hell, yes. We’ve flown Delta during Covid and I felt safe. But there is the airport, security, and all the other moving parts that, while I was diligent and…


It’s easier to think about my hair than the Pandemic and all the things in the world right now that really matter.

Worrying about my hair is an escape, really. …


As the gravity of our situation sinks in more each day and as we head into this week and next — what is said to be “Our Pearl Harbor,” I think about my mother.

What would she have said about all of this?

I could count on her, even toward…


The Manic In Me

“You need to calm down,” Wendy, my close friend for thirty-eight years, told me. She knows me well.

I’m an anxious person on a good day. Bring in the coronavirus and it’s a worry-party in my head.

“I know,” I said. “I just need to get…


“Just leave! Go away!” the woman skiing close by me yells at a man I think must be her husband. “Leave me alone! Stop telling me what to do!”

It’s early and the snow is piste, a European term for the smoothly groomed slopes this woman is chopping up as…


The Best Gift Ever

I debated taking the tree down on Christmas Eve. It was one of those holidays…

At 2:45 on Christmas Eve, I woke to the sound of my husband, Hank, coughing. When did this come on?

“You ok, Hank?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “I just started…


The Monarch Butterfly

Last Saturday, I called my daughter-in-law, Anna, as soon as we got back from our hike. “Remind me about when you saw that Monarch Butterfly?”

“Oh,” she replied. “It was amazing.”

I leaned back in the worn leather club chair to listen.

“I drove into the driveway,” she said, “and…

Heather Haldeman

Native Angelino-Wife-Mother-Grandmother-Author-Lifetime WeightWatcher

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