Heather Hacking, ChicoER

Heather Hacking


Chico, CA, United States

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Past articles by Heather:

Raincoats and other contingency plans

If I spent some time in the deep cave of my memories, I could certainly remember a truly bad day. However, going there is not a good use of my time. → Read More

Locations lost and found

The best way to fall in love again with your home town is to host a visitor from out of town. → Read More

Celebration of barely-there spring

Mid-week I walked down my second-story hallway at work like a pack mule: A computer bag hung from my neck, one hip carried my purse and the lunch bag bounced on my back. As I reached the west windo… → Read More

Kitty chronicles, chapter four: The first sleepover

I should not have been surprised how deeply and how quickly I fell in love with the orange kitty. → Read More

Chapter 3: Asking ‘the big question’ about the cat

My quest to adopt an orange cat led me to the front door of a house down the street. For some reason, I was not nervous when I knocked on the door. → Read More

Kitty Caper Chapter 2: The mysterious collar

When the temperatures dipped down to freezing on those early days of December, I was seriously contemplating my next moves with the orange kitty. → Read More

The case of the orange kitty: Chapter 1

The weather was harsh in November and December. When I covered my plants at night to protect them from frost, the kitty was there, curled up under the plastic canopy. His fur kept him plenty warm. … → Read More

Calm between the storms

When you have neglected your garden for a while, and you have sat on the couch for a while, those bend and yank muscles can remind you that your muscles are as soft as the soil beneath your feet. → Read More

The call of the white elephants

My entire childhood was in the East Bay Area, but when I return to those places I once knew it feels like visiting someone else’s life. The landscapes and shorelines are familiar, but I recognize t… → Read More

Grab a loved one, it’s a tradition

Perhaps all is not well and wonderful in the world. However, this time of year reminds us that when we gather together as a family (or the families we have chosen) we can be stronger and more conte… → Read More

Traveling great lengths for gifts

One advantage to traveling for nearly the entire month of October is I have purchased most of my holiday gifts. That’s really good news because I hate shopping. → Read More

A new feline relationship

My mom was in a relationship with a man for about three years, and suddenly he died. They say anger is one of the stages of grief and mom was pretty darn mad — at him! He shoulda/woulda/could… → Read More

More travel stories than you can tell

You don’t need to be an archaeologist to know land has a story to tell. In Chico we have wagon ruts along Old Humboldt Road, prominent buildings that mark prosperous days and grain silos like pins … → Read More

Stumbling upon family footsteps

American history is a patchwork of stories, many of them tragic. In my family most of these stories have been lost. → Read More

Irish gifts of the gab

Most of us have a friend or two who we might refer to as a “long talker.” These are folks who let a tale fully unfold, often with interesting segues, and sometimes with the loss of train of thought… → Read More

You can sleep when you get home

My grandmother taught me that education and travel are two things that no one can take away from you. Gram was a teacher for little ones and each summer she chose a destination. If you earned a col… → Read More

Listening to a sleeping city

You get to know a place in a different way when it’s sleeping, perhaps how a mother knows her child from merely watching her breathe in and out. Intimacy results from the need to listen more carefu… → Read More

Smell the roses Saturday

If you’re walking in Bidwell Park Saturday, to enjoy the 70-something weather, continue walking west on Vallombrosa Way. You’ll soon bump into the CARD Community Center, where the Butte Rose Societ… → Read More

Beyond our little slice of earth

When I travel by plane, I love taking off from the Sacramento Airport and viewing “my landscape” from high elevations. In part, the shrinking of life as I know it is a metaphor of my real life fadi… → Read More

Trading favors

Leaving town for more than a day or two can be a lot of work. → Read More