Archive for January, 2011

Steve’s uncle Cliff died this morning. He was 85 and he’d been battling Alzheimer’s for a decade. So when he fell last weekend and broke several bones—and when he developed pneumonia a few days later, and when he lapsed into a coma yesterday—his family knew it was time to let Cliff go. Cliff’s story could […]


For the first time in my life, I’ve entered a photo contest. I know I don’t stand a chance in the PX3. (Last year’s overall winner was Howard Schatz.) But I decided recently that—to grow as a photographer—I’ve got to take a chance. So tonight I submitted some of my favorite images from 2010. In […]


If last Saturday was lazy, today was downright slothful. But I at least *did* get out for a walk with my friend Norine and her dog Mica this morning. And along the way, I spotted a couple of candidates for my P64 project. This week’s color was “robin’s egg blue.” OK … so this week’s […]


For more than a year, Facebook has been under fire for its capricious privacy practices. Last year the Wall Street Journal reported on the sharing of Facebook users’ information, without their knowledge or consent: Many of the most popular applications, or “apps,” on the social-networking site Facebook Inc. have been transmitting identifying information—in effect, providing […]


Every time I visit Paris, I’m struck anew by the memorials to the deported. Some are simple plaques that honor an individual sacrifice. Other memorials mourn a school’s murdered children. A few—like the Vel’d’Hiv monument, and the Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation—commemorate the Holocaust’s massive inhumanity. The numbers are incomprehensible: By the time the […]


While I was catching up on David Pogue’s blog today, one of his older posts caught my eye: Amazon Provides a Dose of Humor. I’ve never heard of Tuscan Whole Milk, but I’m unlikely to buy any based on this review: My husband and I (both of us have college degrees, mind you, his in […]


I’m not an expert at anything, but occasionally folks seem to benefit from my lack of expertise. With that in mind, today I’m adding a new category to HeatherBlog: “How to …” If you ever use email as a business tool, to market your products, or to apply for a job, then this post is […]


100 things

24Jan11

Over Sunday brunch a couple of weeks ago, as some dear friends contemplated moving, they dreaded the prospect of having to pack their stuff. “What would it be like to have just 100 things?” one of them asked. Our conversation lingered on the topic: Would small items count? And what if you had multiple copies […]


I logged in to one of my accounts this evening to check my balance. “We’re protecting your account!” said the cheerful message. “Please enter the first name of your maternal grandfather (your mother’s father).” I was ashamed to draw a blank. I never met my Abuelito Gutierrez. Neither did my mom, in fact: He died […]


Looking for Deep Thoughts and Eternal Truths? You’ve got the wrong blog. (Sorry.) I had a lovely—but very lazy—day, so I’ve got none of the usual pseudo-philosophical ramblings. But since I committed to posting something every day, here’s a deconstruction of my Saturday. 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. First, I did a bit of Web […]