Full Circle-Coming Home: Reuniting with Old Friends and a New Beginning Back in the Great Northwest
January 2, 2022
Birch Bay, Washington
“I’m hoping to come back to the beauty and tranquility of Bellingham.”
Bellingham Herald Interview
April 12, 2003
Bellingham Herald April 12, 2003
(Suggest going back in time and reading the below article written 19-years ago before proceeding.)
I love hearing the good news about reconnecting with your family. I know the dog and BBQ will come with time. When your Stuff arrives you’ll be in good shape. I’ll add one thing to your bucket list: The video project based on your books. Stay warm. 👍
Hi Dennis. Yeh, had to smile. I’m just finishing Michael Connelly’s latest novel, “The Dark Hours” where Harry Bosch, though retired, still partners with Officer Rene Ballard who works Nights at Hollywood Division. Renee has been wanting to adopt a rescue dog for some time, and just “pulled the plug” and got one from Rescue. I have to restrain myself until I can get my new home dog-proofed. Knowing me I will take the first one I see, so have to keep myself out of temptations way, until I get things solid. Best, Steve
👍….sounds like heaven Steve! Don’t be surprised if that first rescue dog leads into a second! The stories of our dogs now gone are treated as family history…..kids still have Ozzie, Diamond, Teddy, Friday & Sunday!! We used to be the “vacation sitters” but that has slowed down as the children’s lives now slow down in Tucson, Houston & Charleston! Grandchildren spreading all over the US in good careers thank God! Our Elle & Jim (group pic from Mother’s Day) now engaged!! You will see yourself as the “Anchor” of an ever-growing clan, Steve! As well it should be……the Hodels carry great genes! After reading The Early Years I see several pitfalls for GHH and perhaps unsurmountable for such a young man with that tremendous IQ! So much of what I learned working with emotionally disabled teen boys in the early ‘90’s came back to me in reading all of your books! And I take great liberty here in saying to you….GHH is helping you now on this path…….(IMO there is no heaven or hell)! He thanks you for making things “right”!! JOB WELL DONE STEVE HODEL!! 👌😎🌵
Hey, you’ve now published two more books than I have. I best get to work on my next onw. Anyway, I wish you the best this new year! Stay busy and life will continue to treat you well, me thinks. Also, I suggest that you “partner” with a non-shedding breed of dog. Although, I greatly enjoyed my female Akita who “blew” her coat twice a year. Now, we have “Chico,” a Schnoodle (Poodle/Schnauzer mix). Take care, mi amigo.
Thanks for the non-shed advice, I’ll keep it in mind. The only worry is when I go to Rescue, what if the dog picks me? Won’t be a lark might just have to go with the bark? Long hair, short or medium?
Always have leaned toward medium to large dogs, but maybe smaller might work best at 80?
Had to laugh last night almost finishing Michael Connelly’s latest novel, “The Dark Hours” where his unofficial partner, Renee Ballard goes to Rescue to adopt a dog. Speaking of book writing, he puts us both to shame with thirty-five books and counting. Wow. Best to you and yours and Happy New Year.
Steve I suggest you have a clothing historian look at the photo on page 71 of Part 1. The one you think might possibly be Paris Peace Talks 1920 dinner? The womens hair and clothing suggest 1930s.
Yes, I agree that the photo could well have been taken a decade later in the Thirties.
As mentioned, GHH Sr. looks considerably older. Have yet to identify what “1500 delegates from the world” met there that would include “the president.” Thanks.
Hello Mr. Hodel,
I’ve recently read more online about your books and investigation, and am looking forward to purchasing all of the books you’ve written. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your empathy and respect for the women your father (and others) harmed.
I don’t know how to describe what it’s like to hear a man speak against misogyny the way you do. Please just know that this aspect of your character is no small thing to me, or to the friends that I’ve been talking to about your books and these cases. Thank you.
I hope the new year has been going well for you and your family, and again I look forward to reading every one of your books.
Thank you for the kind words. They are much appreciated. Below link is the suggested reading order on the series. And may you and yours have a safe and healthy New Year.
Glad your life is bringing you and your family joy and opening new adventures. On the dog adoption issue, my retired policeman husband could not believe how close he became to my corgi, Cary Grant. Always a big dog person he found that Cary was just a German Shepherd with sawed off legs! Lots of fun but in a nice size that isn’t too taxing on these old bones of ours. Hope you took my advice and watched the movie Hannibal Rising which I thought you would greatly enjoy. Unfortunately the outstanding young French actor playing Hannibal died in a skiing accident early this year. Gaspard Thomas Ulliel will be greatly missed both as an artist and as a kind and special man.