My friends call me “Munro” (with the emphasis on the “ro”). But if you like you can call me “H” instead.

What I do: I’m a writer, self-taught photographer, typography geek, nature lover, and Oxford comma enthusiast — though not always in that order.

Favorite pastime: Traveling. I’m insatiably curious about other countries and cultures.

Other hobbies: Collecting (quotes, rocks, seeds, stamps, stories). Daydreaming. Gardening. Hiking. Journaling. Learning languages. Playing piano. Reading. Wandering aimlessly.

Dream job: To be a writer/photographer for National Geographic Traveler. Or maybe an archaeologist.

Number of lives left: Six. (I’ve fallen three stories, been hit by a truck, and been drop-kicked by a horse.)

Little-known fact: I’m much taller than I appear.

Best advice I ever got: “Walk it off, crybaby!”

Personal motto: Don’t worry; it’ll grow back.

113 Responses to “About”

  1. Hi, nice to meet you !

  2. I’m enjoying reading your blog, Heather … it’s now my Blog of the Month …

  3. 4 8able

    Well, I also wanted to be an archaeologist. And like photography. And love the Ministey of Silly Walks. But I luckely have the joy of living in Paris. Don’t be to jealous… Well maybe abit… Oh just to say, I put you on the blogroll of my blog ( http://8able.wordpress.com ) (not that I want you to put me on yours, just sayin’).

    • 5 hmunro

      Mais oui, je suis jalouse que vous habitez à Paris ! I would move to Paris in a heartbeat, if only I could find a job there. And thanks so much for adding me to your blogroll. I will gladly repay the favor as soon as I set up my “favorite bloggers” menu.

      Anyway … Merci mille fois for all your kind words. À très bientôt, j’espère!

  4. how could u, so simple and so cool. ny way i like ur hobbies. when ever be in india, do remember to contact me. i being ur fan from today

    johnson korah

    • 7 hmunro

      Wow! Thanks for your very kind words. It’s lovely to have a friend in India … And you’ve made a friend in Minnesota, as well. Namaste!

  5. And we have a few things in common, I see 🙂 I love dogs, I would love to be a writer/photographer for National Geographic Traveler and I write for a living (I am a translator)! And we both live in quite a cold place 😉

    My blog: http://siamoastoccolma.blogspot.com/ (even if it is in Italian…)

    • 9 hmunro

      Adoro il vostro blog! (Non parlo molto bene il italiano, ma capisco un po’.) Ho goduto particolarmente del vostro commento sul grande festival di musica, e naturalmente delle vostre belle fotos. Grazie mille per scrivere. Aspetto con impazienza di quanto segue il vostro blog.

      I hope that’s more or less what I meant to say … 🙂

  6. Mi fa molto piacere! Tornerò a trovarti anch’io, qui sul blog! A prestissimo, allora! 🙂

  7. Hello I was recently watching a show on EWTN about the Courtyard of the Gentiles project and they showed images of the light show at Notre Dame. I noticed you have a full collection of the images. Would you be able to share them individually with me? I was looking forward to sharing them with people on Facebook but there aren’t many floating around that I could find.


  8. Heather,

    I stumbled upon your blog with a google image search “Minneapolis+Cool.”

    I dig what you’ve got going on here and we seem to have plenty in common. I’ve lived in Spain, Argentina (mainly Buenos Aires but a stint in Patagonia too), and Colombia, have lost a few lives, and give away my books too. Perhaps we can exchange one sometime.

    Funny too, I was looking for a place to contact you to see if I could use an image from your post “A Minneapolis mural mozy,” when I saw that your most recent post was about people stealing your images. So, I’d certainly give you credit, link back to your blog, and would potentially use some of your writing, editing, or photography skills in the future.

    If interested, email me at dlinstro@gmail.com


  9. well looks like you have a new follower can’t wait to see the things you post up

    • 15 hmunro

      Right back at ya on the “new follower” front — and on the “can’t wait to see what you post next” front, too. Thanks a million!

  10. You have been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award. It is always a pleasure reading your posts. Keep up the good work!
    To accept the award, please read my post for details.

    _allyson jude

  11. Hey there, Hotpants. Love your blog! Miss your face. Erin Sartor.

    • 18 hmunro

      Hotpants! Ha! Takes one to know one. Thanks for your note, Erin. I miss your lovely face too. 🙂

  12. Great blog! 🙂 Following you now (just like a stalker) 😉

    • 20 hmunro

      Welcome, Ashley! And thank you for joining me as a stalker … I mean, subscriber. ;D

  13. We nominated you for Seven Things About Me Award http://simplyomblog.wordpress.com/
    Trisha & Carolyn

    • 22 hmunro

      Thank you so much! I am very honored and will give proper thanks — and pass on the good karma — very shortly. 🙂

      • Our pleasure!! You’re got a great blog here!

        • 24 hmunro

          Hello, Trish and Carolyn! Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond to your very kind nomination, but I’ve finally done it! Thanks again for the shout-out — and for all your kind words. You are now officially added to my blogroll. 🙂 Cheers from Minnesota!

  14. Number of lives left — now that’s something to think on.

    • 26 hmunro

      Right, Mad Queen Linda? Because when you consider the number of near misses most of us have had … well, I’m just sayin’.

  15. Well ain’t you something special! You are quiet an accomplished lady. Do you write music or just lyrics? I may have something for you to look at if you feel like it. Number of lives left…I think I have already borrowed a few from somebody. My brother tells me that because of all the drugs I used to do that I am like Keith Richards….. chemically preserved….

    • 28 hmunro

      Ain’t I special? Naaaaw, whatwereyathinkin. I’m just a curious person who will never master anything because she prefers to dabble in everything. And yes, I write music — though I’m a pretty terrible lyricist. 🙂 And although I’d be honored to look at your work, I must respectfully defer for a while because my husband and I dealing with the aftermath of a flood, which is pretty much eating up all of our free time. But put it on the back burner and get back to me in a couple or three months, yes? Cheers!

  16. Hi, there! I just wanted to say that your blog looks fantastic, and I like your style. I had a proposition for you. I write on a blog with a friend of mine, and she wants to create an artistic community on it, filled with contributors of all kinds. I’d like to invite you to collaborate with us, if you’d be interested.
    Here’s the site.

    • 31 hmunro

      Omigosh, Jaimie … Thank you so much for your kind words! I am very honored by your invitation, but I’m afraid I must decline for now. My husband’s and my home was destroyed by a flood a few weeks ago, and the cleanup and reconstruction are eating up most of our free time. Because of that, I’ve barely had the energy to keep up my own blog — let alone contribute to someone else’s. But your site is absolutely gorgeous, and I would love to add the occasional post when my life gets more or less back to “normal,” if that’s OK. In the meantime, I’ve joined your other happy followers so I (a) see all the cool stuff you’re doing, and (b) keep your very kind offer in mind. Anyway, thank you again for your invitation to collaborate. I hope to have the pleasure of doing that soon! Cheers!

      • I’m so sorry to hear about your troubles, and I wish you the best of luck. Our contributors are free to post as often or as little as they wish, so if you do ever have the time to collaborate, keep in mind that there won’t be a lot of pressure. Also, thank you so much for following! Have a good one. 🙂

        • 33 hmunro

          How sweet of you to write back, Jaimie. Thanks again for your kind words. I was thinking last night that perhaps I should “mine” some of my old posts for material that may be of interest to your readers. I’ll try to do that this weekend if I have time. In the meantime, you have a GREAT one! 🙂

  17. Hi!
    Wowzers you have a fabulous blog! Congratulations 🙂
    I can honestly say you have one of the most fascinating blogs I’ve ever seen! I was hoping you could check out my blog and give me some advice, I would be really thankful! moviereviewsdirect.wordpress.com

    Thank you sooo much and keep up the great work 🙂

    • 35 hmunro

      Holy cow, arena23! Thanks for the glowing praise! I consider my blog a sort of online personal diary, so I’m very honored that you find it so fascinating. And if I may repay the compliments, your blog is *wonderful*! Did you write those reviews yourself? They show a tremendous grasp of both the art and the science of film-making. I am truly impressed! As for advice … well, it’s worth what you pay for it, right? 🙂 I’d be very happy to give my take on any specific questions you may have, with the caveat that I’m not an expert at anything. Drop me a note at hmunro [dot] wordpress [at] gmail [dot] com. In the meantime, keep up the marvelous writing!

  18. 36 heathermariechris

    My best friend lives in Minneapolis. We are there often. We will be there in May. My boyfriend and I are both photographers!

    • 37 hmunro

      You’re coming in May, eh? Bring a parka — it’s *still* snowing! (Grrrr.) 🙂

      • 38 heathermariechris

        haha! I heard about the snow on Thursday or something. I have high hopes by Memorial Day Weekend the snow will be gone 🙂

  19. Great blog and I love your bio ! *check the newbie scuttling off to rethink hers!* I look forward to more of your posts x

    • 40 hmunro

      Great blog to you as well, Susan! If you are in fact a newbie, you’re off to a fantastic start. (By the way, please tell Mr. Mulholland that I adore his sculptures. The mirrors in the woods are especially eerie/beautiful.) I very much look forward to more of your posts, too. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      • Thanks for your encouraging words Heather – I’m still finding my feet and figuring out blogging ‘etiquette’ but I think I’m finally getting a handle on it. I’ll pass on your kind comment to Rob – thanks x

    • 42 hmunro

      Oh, and one more thing: I also highly recommend the blog of a fellow Scotswoman at dancingbeastie.wordpress.com/
      I think you’ll appreciate her wonderful writing and dry wit. Cheers!

  20. I really wanted to be an archaeologist, too…and it was the first thing I did after college (in Arizona). LOVED it…but I wasn’t sure what it meant in the end. Sometimes now I wish I hadn’t been so concerned by all of that…

    Enjoying your work here. Be well~

    • 45 hmunro

      I can completely relate because I also set out with great ideals after college, only to wonder what it all meant. And like you, sometimes I now wish I’d enjoyed myself more without worrying so much about the Big Questions. I guess that’s one of the lessons life teaches us. In any case, I would love to hear more about your time in Arizona. If you’re so inclined, please drop me a note at hmunro.wordpress [@] gmail dot com. Thank you very much for your kind note!

  21. 46 eadaoinlynch

    I like your blog! So much so I’m listing you as one of my ‘Very Inspiring Bloggers’ – if you want to read more, just see here (though I don’t think it’s as formal as it may appear): http://eadaoinlynch.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    • 47 hmunro

      Thank you very much for your kind words,
      Éadaoín. I am truly honored that you like my blog — and, as your newest subscriber, I most enthusiastically reply in kind. I am also honored by your kind nomination and will try to fulfill my duties in the next week or two (right after I prattle on about Reims and some random German markets). In the meantime, here’s a substitute post you may enjoy:


      Cheers to you from Minnesota, and thanks again.

  22. We just found your blog today and we love it 🙂 She-human works for a newspaper that had it’s lovely old buildings demolished and the old presses sold for scrap a few years ago, she drives an old VW and really wants to visit Colmar so reading through your first page was awesome. We’ll visit often.
    Bear hugs

    • 49 hmunro

      Welcome, philmaxbear! I truly do hope you get to visit Colmar someday — it’s quite a lovely place. And best wishes keeping your old VW on the road! Cheers!

  23. Do you mind if I “copy” this and modify it for my blog? I LOVE it. So creative and fun!

    • 51 hmunro

      I’m honored that you like it enough to “copy” it for your own blog. Post away, fellow Heather! 🙂 xx

  24. I love your personal motto – you are funny!

    • 53 hmunro

      Thank you! So far it’s worked out pretty well for me, with the exception of one finger tip I will apparently never get back. 😀

  25. 54 Mariano

    Hey Heather, I’m going to shut down Marianowrites but I might create a new blog soon. Either way, I will be continuing to read your site of course. A few of your Canadian views will be me! 🙂

    • 55 hmunro

      I’m really sorry to hear that you’re going to shut down marianowrites — I’ve so enjoyed reading your thoughts and following your adventures! But I will be honored (and very pleased) to still count you among my readers. And I’ll be very excited to get updates from time to time and hear about what’s next for you. The world is your oyster,

  26. Intriguing “about” page, shall be dropping in again 🙂 anyone who managed to get a parking ticket in Patagonia deserves some attention!

  27. Hi Heather, I’m looking for some photos of the bell tower at sunrise. I’d like to explain what it is for and discuss your permission to use it for that purpose. You can reach me at my email address: katherine@venturingwomen.com

  28. Nice blog and some great advice… you have recruited another follower 🙂

    • 61 hmunro

      Thank you kindly, Hugo. And right back at ya. 😉

      • Any hints and tips are always welcome… Enjoyed reading your post about (1st time) blogging 😉

        • 63 hmunro

          The best tip I can offer is to KEEP AT IT! After almost seven years I still struggle with this myself, because I don’t always feel inspired (or feel like I have the time). But it’s really been that consistency over time that’s helped me find my voice, build my confidence, and also build an audience. The second most-important tip is to follow other blogs that interest you, and to take the time to comment (like you did here, thank you very much 🙂 ). I’ve made some wonderful real-life friendships through this blog, and for me that’s been the greatest payoff of all.

          Well, that’s about enough advice from this non-expert, wouldn’t you say? Ha ha. Have fun, and I look forward to reading more posts from you!

  29. 64 Dyl

    Random question about commas (since you are the comma enthusiast:)–when do I put a comma before ‘and’ in a list? I was always taught that either way was fine, but recently I heard that you should only leave the comma off if the list items immediately before and after the ‘and’ are related. Thoughts?

    • 65 hmunro

      You’re right that people fall into different camps on the use of serial commas — and like you, I was taught to omit the last comma in a series.

      These days it basically comes down to a question of style, though. I write for one publication that always calls for serial commas (also known as the Oxford comma), while another actively avoids them.

      But in my own writing I’m tending in favor of serial commas because they can help you avoid ambiguous constructions such as, “I love my parents, Leonardo DiCaprio and Beyonce.” Chances are no one will think your parents actually *are* Leo and Beyonce — but adding a comma after DiCaprio would remove all doubt.

      Does that help at all?

      • 66 Dyl

        Yes! Thank you for the clarification! It’s weird when you have a question comes up and then something comes across your path to answer it. Thanks again!

        • 67 hmunro

          Clearly, the universe is telling you to use serial commas. 😀

  30. Trying to start a random blog of my own…any suggestions on how to succeed?

  31. Hello!!! Thank you so much for following my blog. You are my first follower! I will have a look to your posts, they seem very interesting 🙂 Besos

    • 71 hmunro

      What an honor it is to be your first follower! But I won’t be the last, I suspect. 😉 Please keep those wonderful posts coming — I greatly look forward to seeing more of Andalucia through your eyes.

  32. Hello Heather – I hope you don’t mind me dropping in and leaving you something to read, here on the steps of your blog. It’s about Shakespeare and the humours. I found it fascinating – especially the idea that “One play really stands out when it comes to the subject of humours. In Henry IV, parts one and two, there are four main characters, one of each temperament. And they all have roughly the same number of lines”: https://blog.wellcomecollection.org/2016/04/23/the-humours-in-shakespeare/

    This looks dreadfully spammy, doesn’t it?
    All best Shakespearian wishes

    • 74 hmunro

      If your only comment were “cool” and you were promoting your new website that sells rugby balls and wicker furniture, perhaps the link would seem spammy. But you would never do that, Elaine! You inhabit a world of ideas, and every one of your comments is like a little feast for my synapses. To wit: Although I’d heard about the “humours” along the way, I never knew they featured so prominently in Shakespeare’s work! Fascinating. Thank you so much for this interesting nugget. I’ll look forward to discussing the next post, and I’m now also a follower of wellcomecollection. Grazie mille!

      • A pleasure, Heather. I thought you might enjoy the post. I love it when a writer takes something vaguely remembered by the modern general public – like the humours – and opens a chink into the mindset of people who took the idea totally for granted. One day some cultural archaeologist will look back on us and marvel at the way we draw lines on our maps and describe those from the other side of our invented lines as ‘immigrants’ if they decide to cross them.

        By the way, have you seen University College London’s ‘Underwhelming Fossil Fish of the Month’ blog posts? Knowledge in the service of fun: https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/museums/tag/underwhelming-fossil-fish-of-the-month/

        • 76 hmunro

          HAHAHHAHAAAA! Goodness. I can’t remember the last time I laughed out loud — so loudly! — at work. Whoever wrote that is a genius, and hilarious, and I love him/her for it. (Just like I love you for passing it along.) Thank you, Elaine.

  33. 77 Kasey

    Lovely 🙂 I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog….can’t wait to read more!


    • 78 hmunro

      What a kind comment, Kasey. Thank you! I’m on a bit of a sabbatical — but you’ll soon see why. 😉

  34. 79 Cindy

    Heather…was it you who recommended “About face” cream to me? I’m trying to remember..if it was- thanks! This stuff IS amazing!

    • 80 hmunro

      I can’t take credit, Cindy … but now I’m really curious. What is it? And why do you love it so much? Should I try it? Inquiring minds want to know. 😀

      • 81 Cindy

        HAHA..I’m semi-obsessed with my wrinkles. Because of breast cancer in the family, I’m not a candidate for estrogen replacement..and my poor skin has “aged” incredibly fast since I turned 50. Someone recommended “about face” cream.. I got a jar on Amazon and I’m seeing improvement- which is amazing. I could have sworn it was you.. I haven’t even been using it that long, but I’ll definitely put a plug in for the product if I keep seeing results!

  35. 82 YamA

    Nice to meet you, by the way I love your pictures.

  36. 84 Adelso Bausdorf - Bildender Künstler

    Wow you are amazing!

    • 85 hmunro

      Du bist so nett, Adelso! Vielen, vielen Dank. But I must confess to you that I look better in pixels than in person. 😉

  37. 88 creativityforeverandnow

    Your blog is great. I love it. 😉

    • 89 hmunro

      How kind of you to say! You’ve made my day. Thank you very much.

  38. Dear Heather,

    I, d like to you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I find your blog interesting, and I do hope you will accept the nomination. You can see the rules in my “Sunshine Blogger Award” post. Keep blogging!

    • 91 hmunro

      Hello dear Sasha! I’m so honored by your nomination but am very sorry i’m unable to fulfill my duties because of some extraordinary work commitments right now. I hope you won’t be terribly disappointed. 😦 I love your blog and don’t want to let you down but hope you’ll understand. Hopefully things will ease up for me at work soon and i can return to being a blogger! Thank you again, and all my best, Sasha.

      • Dear Ms H 🙂 no worries, and sorry for my clumsy spelling – I will never do it on smart phone again. I wish you all the best in whatever you are doing now and in the future, and I hope to see you soon on WordPress.


        • 93 hmunro

          You are so kind, dear Miss Sasha! Thank you.

          PS: I didn’t notice any clumsy spelling. In my mind, your writing is perfect! 😉

  39. 94 jnrndenda

    Hey you seem to be a really awesome person.
    Im not really into photography but you’ve actually opened my eyes to something new. I really enjoy reading your blog. I’ve also started one recently and if you have any tips for me those would be most appreciated. nextstory4.wordpress.com

    • 95 hmunro

      What a kind comment. Thank you — you’ve made my day! I’m not really an expert on blogging, so I don’t think I’m qualified to offer tips or suggestions but it seems like you’re off to a great start. Keep at it! And thanks again for stopping by.

  40. Just came across your blog. Great one!

  41. I love your fun site and photos, so great!

  42. I am a young photographer (sorry if that was spelt wrong) and I am inspired by you photographs! Thank you for sharing them!

    my blog: http://www.lyrasdreams.wordpress.com

    • 101 hmunro

      You spelled “photographer” just fine, Lyra. 🙂 Thank you for your kind words and best wishes on your own lovely blog!

  43. I am really enjoying your blog, and I have discovered that we have got alot in common, (exept Im less advanced haha) I have also discovered that wordpress suggestions are #so helpful!!! Thank for sharing your site, Im so glad I went on it!!!

  44. No of lives left 6, that’s something unique. I am engineer by profession but reaching out to life, taking photographs of features, people is something I love and I do it.

    I don’t know whether I will be working with National Geographic or Discovery but you have my best for what your dream job and whenever you land into your dream, could you please just do one thing for me, ” The entire population of over 7 billion people is unique and anything and everything has a story and its unique, please bring out all those unique stories to people”

    Good luck…

    P.S: The photograph of squirrel in the post, “Things I missed in October” is brilliant.

    • 104 hmunro

      I may have even fewer than six lives left based on some of my other youthful misadventures. 🙂 But I promise you I will use whatever lives I do have left to try to tell unique stories — whether my own, or those of some of the amazing people I am privileged to know. Thank you so much for stopping by, and for taking the time to leave such kind and encouraging words.

  45. Hey H.
    SInce it seems that you are here from quite a long time so I think you can help me in solving an issue.I have recently started blogging and by mistake I think I have linked My BLOGS with the contact section in the menu.
    So instead of showing up the contact form page, it shows the blogs…
    Any help?

    • 106 hmunro

      I’m very sorry to say i’m not technically inclined and have no idea how to help you. But if you Google “WordPress support,” you’ll find a wealth of resources and user forums. Best wishes to you!

  46. 108 hmunro

    I am grinning from ear to ear right now at the (very remote) possibility that my blog post may serve as an introduction to stamp collecting FOR MARTIANS. Thank you for that! You’ve absolutely made my day.

  47. 109 hmunro

    But hopefully most everything will still go as planned, right? Thanks for the shout-out!

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