Archive for June, 2009

Today’s Star Tribune announced the winner of this year’s Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. David McKenzie of Washington state took the grand prize with this winning entry: “Folks say that if you listen real close at the height of the full moon, when the wind is blowin’ off Nantucket Sound from the nor’ east and the dogs […]


About a week ago, I mused about the subtle shades of meaning that color even our most mundane words. Along with that post I included a quiz. Ready for the answers? Here goes: Brave/Fearless A brave person may experience fear and act anyway, but a fearless person is, well, without fear. Engine/Motor An engine uses […]


I can’t believe I’ve just spent an hour of my life looking at photos of spiders on the Web (no pun intended). A few days ago, a co-worker showed me a photo of a huge, festering wound on a friend’s leg. The consensus is that she had a run-in with a brown recluse spider. (The […]


In preparation for an article I’m writing, today I interviewed a professor of business ethics. During the course of our conversation he suddenly turned Socratic. “What is a company’s most important social responsibility?” he asked. I wasn’t sure, but I said it should be something along the lines of the Hippocratic oath (“First, do no […]


Today marks the one-month anniversary of HeatherBlog. I expected it to be a casual dalliance in online journaling. But to my surprise, I’ve become devoted to the daily discipline of writing. (Never mind that I write marketing copy for a living. That doesn’t count.) On a few occasions, I’ve struggled to find a topic. Some […]


In good company

24Jun09

Sometimes I feel loneliest when I’m surrounded by people. Although I have some good friends at work—and great working relationships with my colleagues—I don’t belong to any of the office cliques. So sometimes I feel like an outsider. On my way home today I was thinking about this, when I remembered a passage in Po […]


If you’re just joining us, you might want to check out Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 first. Or, just use the “by subject” pull-down menu to your right (you’ll find a category titled “Seven cities in 10 days”). Steve and I are a bit weary of the crowds in Florence, so we […]


The turmoil over the election in Iran continues to dominate the news. And rightly so, for at least two reasons: First, it is becoming increasingly evident that the election results are questionable. Second, it is also becoming clear that the events of the past few days will have enormous implications on how the world gets […]


Here’s one of my favorite photos of my dad: Granted, you can’t really see him. But you know he’s there—supporting me and doing all the work, so I can enjoy the ride. It’s a great metaphor, really. My dad has worked hard his entire life to support me and my sisters, to make sure we […]


One of my colleagues was wondering the other day about the difference between “continuously” and “continually.” This got me thinking about the subtle shades of meaning that pepper even the most common of words. Just for the heck of it, I started jotting down words that express similar concepts, but with slightly different meanings. (Yes, […]