Archive for May, 2011

Update, posted Saturday, June 4 Thanks to all of the folks who have written to express concern and well-wishes for Regi. Her surgery went very well and she’s recovering quickly. She reports feeling a bit better every day, so it’s probably only a matter of a week or two before she’s picking up Volkswagens again. […]


I got an email from my friend Todd this morning. “Where’d you find that Loch Ness Monster photo?” he asked. He was referring to a little prank I played on my readers a couple of days ago. Clearly, Todd doesn’t know about my obsession with Photoshop. “I made that photo,” I wrote back. I told […]


Steve and I have been fans of the Cirque du Soleil since we saw Alegria in 2002, when the circus’ trademark Big Top appeared along the riverfront in Minneapolis. It seems like a lifetime ago. Since then, the new Guthrie Theater has sprouted on the same spot and the 35W bridge has collapsed. The Cirque […]


Back in February I was pretty excited when HeatherBlog reached 10,000 hits. Three months later, I’m honored to be celebrating more than 25,000 visits. My heaviest traffic (so far) came on March 4, 2011. That was the day I posted my historic photo of Elvis and Bigfoot riding the Loch Ness Monster. OK … so […]


I’ve read some brilliant copywriting over the years, and I’ve considered hundreds of charitable appeals. But the headline on this envelope was among the very best of both, for me: Never has the cost of my inaction been framed in such tragic—or such human—terms. Hats off to Operation Smile. I’m off to make a donation […]


Mushroom porn

25May11

I’ve been looking forward to today since February. That’s when my friend Pam and I set the date for our annual morel mushroom hunt. “Is this our third year, or our fourth?” I asked Pam today as we tromped through the woods. “I think it’s our third,” she replied from down the trail. And she’s […]


Bob Dylan turns 70 today. I first heard about this milestone while exchanging wee-hours emails with a music-critic pal last week, and on Sunday I got to read the fruits of my former colleague’s labor. I loved the idea of asking a cross-section of musicians to share their Bob Dylan memories. “Take him out of […]


Have you ever watched someone fight valiantly to stay awake? That was me this afternoon. I have no idea why anyone would schedule a two-hour meeting right after lunch—and with copious charts and diagrams, no less. At first it was just my eyelids that felt heavy, then my head and arms. Finally my entire body […]


I was surprised a few days ago to log into my Blurb account and find this comment about my Paris book: Identical images? Really?! My curiosity was piqued. “I’d love to compare our images side-by-side,” I wrote to Keith. What followed was a wonderful, unexpected exchange between two kindred spirits. We have some favorite songs […]


According to Harold Camping, today marks The End Of The World As We Know It. But, in the words of R.E.M., I feel fine. For two reasons: First, because Harold Camping has been wrong before. And second, because—if I really am about to become a crispy critter—there’s not much I can do about it. Harold […]