Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hietala Name Change

I changed my name and feel I need to explain. I am going thru a divorce and reverting back to Heather Allen would throw me back with the thousands of other Heather Allens that are out there. I am taking my Finnish grandmother's maiden name, Hietala (hee ay tah la) which I have always liked. It means "place of sand," a fitting name for one who has always been drawn to where the land meets the sea. I have bottles and bottles of sand that I have collected all my life from beaches and dunes all over the world. It will be a process, this name changing, but eventually Heather Allen-Swarttouw will just be a blip in the greater scheme of things.

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