Archive for October, 2010

I knew from the outset that today would be busy and stressful. I was scheduled for my follow-up MRI at 7 a.m., so I felt a little rushed as I ran around grabbing the things I’d need for the day. Still, I made it out the door on time and the MRI itself went fine. […]


I’ve been through this once before, so I shouldn’t be surprised: The week before each MRI is tough. Although I’m feeling fine—and although I haven’t noticed any significant changes in my health—there’s always a little kernel of anxiety and doubt. I call this state the “what ifs.” Steve’s been feeling it too. We’ve cried a […]


When I logged into WordPress this morning, I couldn’t help but notice the word “Paris” among the freshly-pressed blogs. Like a moth to a flame, I was drawn to Jenn’s narrative about her month-long adventure in the city of light. Her stories and her pictures enthralled me. So I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that […]


Cartographically speaking, my home is located at 44° 53′ N, 93° 13′ W. What this means in everyday-people terms is that the summers are sunny and hot, while the winters are long and dark and very, very cold. The summers I can handle. The winters? Not so much. That’s why I told my husband last […]


Gray Saturday

23Oct10

I barely slept last night. While I usually enjoy my college neighborhood, the wild parties can be tiresome. Last night I had to call the police at about 11:30 when a small riot broke out in the alley. Then, at about 1:30, I dropped in on a different group of kids to suggest that their […]


Juan Williams’ unfortunate remarks have made for some excellent conversation over the past couple of days. At the office this morning, the discussion centered on whether he deserved to be fired. The opinions ran the gamut from “I don’t understand why it’s such a big deal,” to “Hell, yeah—and he should be prosecuted, too.” Later […]


Every day I scour the Web for photographic inspiration. Tonight I hit the motherlode when I happened upon a year-long series of photo essays by New York Times staffer Todd Heisler. Titled “One in Eight Million,” Heisler’s series explores the lives of 54 New Yorkers who let him follow them for a week. So far, […]


I love The Independent. It’s full of informative news from around the world—which is often reported with a wry sense of humor. For example, take the article about the riots in France. I smiled at the helpful translation (in parentheses) of a typically euphemistic phrase: Mr Sarkozy promised rapid action to lift the fuel blockages […]


Less than a month after I accidentally joined a friendly protest in Paris, today the unrest finally boiled over and turned violent. In a nutshell, President Nicolas Zarkozy’s government is proposing that the retirement age be raised from 60 to 62. The government’s argument is that France’s retirement system is untenable if left “as is.” […]


By pure coincidence, today I discovered that a former colleague is now working as a freelance photojournalist in Iraq. (Long story short: We’re both represented by the same rights-management firm, and I saw his images on my handler’s website.) I was curious about his work, so I did a quick Google search: “freelance war photographer […]