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traveling, writing, and telling stories
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After writing about the power of human connection it was time to live it. If I recall all my life journeys I was happiest when freed from societal convention and exploring other realties. I was also happiest when I walked out of the whirling mechanics of my own mind and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at The Untaken Road
chameleoneyes is now following Dave
Dec 3, 2010
Something about dreary weather makes us all a bit melancholy. On one such dreary day I was lamenting out loud to my sister-in-law. Even though my online network made me look quite social, offline I was feeling isolated and lost. Something was missing from my (un)wired world. She thought for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2010 at The Untaken Road
My brother and I, both MBA’s, often viewed family events akin to corporate conferences. We sought different ways to minimize chaos and maximize the quality of our time together. Although Thanksgiving Day is a prized group celebration, we decided that other days in the long weekend are best split up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2010 at The Untaken Road
Thanksgiving, as any holiday, is full of die-hard traditions. In my family of hearty eaters, we were always sure to have spiral cut ham in addition to a massive turkey. The stuffing recipe was passed down from generations and could not be altered even by one thyme sprig. Always present... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at The Untaken Road
As I was researching remedies for both Writer's Block and the flu I was battling, a friend called to interrupt my desperation. Someone had seen my Twitter post “Why I haven’t killed myself yet” as a cry for help. “Um, Heidi, what’s up?” “Ihavenoideawhatiamdoingwithmylife…..” “Er, slow down….that was one syllable,”... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at The Untaken Road
Good comment jb...I made a few edits to allude to the mistakes...but summing them all up is a full book. Perhaps two. And the title yes. For a writer the title is one of the best marketing tools that they have! ; )
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2010 on Why I Haven't Killed Myself Yet at The Untaken Road
After coming out of the closet with my metaphor masturbation, the rainbow city of San Francisco finally saluted me as one of its own. The sun was warmer, the people friendlier. I stopped driving and started walking, no longer in a mad rush of self-absorption. I took the time to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at The Untaken Road
I will continue my blog as long as there continue to be things to write about! Stay tuned for a facelift and more interaction. What I realize is that we all share so many of the same stories....
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2010 on Deepavali! at The Untaken Road
A friend of mine recently wrote me a beautifully raw tale of her ongoing journey of self discovery. She writes: “I am trying to find out who the authentic ‘me’ is and bring it to life. I see glimpses of it in different things I enjoy. But there is so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2010 at The Untaken Road
“Hi Heidi.” A voice interrupted my 180 rpm workout at the gym. “Are you adjusted to being back in San Francisco yet?” I wiped the sweat off my brow and smiled silently, not knowing how to answer the question. I was still figuring things out, making mistakes, learning, trying, exploring……I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2010 at The Untaken Road
When we are young, naïve and hopeful we dream big. We throw our love out into the world, confident it will boomerang back and find us. Anything is possible whether it is being an astronaut or falling in love. I was shipped off to Space Camp, Orchestra Camp, and Girl... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2010 at The Untaken Road
To tighten the verbiage in my proposal I needed to start writing more of the actual book. Themes were getting twisted up in one another and I needed to be sure my message was clear. However, this week I was thwarted from writing much of anything. I was supposed to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2010 at The Untaken Road
To write well you must be willing to go naked into the world. -Daniel Keys Moran After multiple wine sessions, friendly reviews, non-friendly reviews, and a handy “cliché-erasing” pen, my book proposal is nearly finished. After another week of sober editing, I will hopefully deem it worthy to send out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at The Untaken Road
Writing a book proposal has been the hardest thing I have done in my life. While on the road interviewing women, writing was easy. The women’s stories poured through my veins onto paper, metaphors and adjectives effortlessly dripped from my pen. After four hours and three cups of coffee in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2010 at The Untaken Road
I have been back in San Francisco for a week now, right in the height of its personal Indian summer. While the rest of the United States was skipping around in flip flops and bikinis in August, the citizens of San Francisco were shivering, blanketed in an icy fog. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2010 at The Untaken Road
Location: San Francisco Mileage: 8,002 Women Interviewed: ~30 (depending upon how one defines an interview) Cities Visited: ~23 (depending upon how one defines a visit) Items lost: Mac powercord, umbrella, jean jacket, gas cap, keys to NYC apartment I set out two months ago with no real expectations for my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2010 at The Untaken Road
Location: Portland, Oregon Mileage: 7,386 Music: “Portland, Oregon” by Loretta Lynn and Jack White. Meal: Holladay Plaza Split Pea soup and Buffet Salad The drive from Kennewick to Portland started out as desolate. One must first pass the Umatilla Army depot in Eastern Oregon where a large plot of land... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at The Untaken Road
Location: Kennewick, Washington Mileage: 7,200 Music: “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac Meal: Alderplank smoked salmon with garden vegetables I left eastern Montana for the west, heading into the most beautiful part of the state I was born in. My car chugged up the switchbacks at the foothills of the Beartooth mountains.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2010 at The Untaken Road
Location: Billings, Montana Mileage: 6,500 Music: “Dakota” by Stereophonics Meal: Soup and Sandwiches (on Montana Wheat) The highway between Minneapolis and Billings was a 13 hour stretch of hilly lands, badlands, and no man’s land. Immersed in miles of flat were sudden mounds of earth, positioning themselves around grassy valleys,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2010 at The Untaken Road
Location: Minneapolis/ St. Paul Mileage: 5,160 Food: Beer at Palmer’s Bar Music: “It’s a Beautiful Day” by White Bird With my last formal interview behind me I drove onward with a new destiny, to drive back across the north to recapture my family’ past. I started in Minneapolis/ St Paul,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at The Untaken Road
Location: Chicago Mileage: 5,160 Meal: Spicy kielbasa and rice (I made a worthwhile exception to meatless fare) Music: “Sweet Home Chicago” by the Blues Brothers Driving across Ohio and Illinois requires patience. The incessant roadwork prohibits speeding, multiple tollbooths deplete wallets, and there is wind so fierce it threatens to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at The Untaken Road
No travel details to display; An interview from a concert past, memories of melody in NYC When a friend in New York suggested I go to Joe’s Pub to see his friend perform, I agreed. Clare was releasing a new CD, titled Silver and Ash, as a tribute to her... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2010 at The Untaken Road
Location: Hamburg new York (outside of Buffalo) Mileage: 4,750 Meal: Car snacks of apples and protein bars Music: "November Rain" by Guns N Roses (thank you Al for the reminder) I left Fulton to head west, spending the night in a random roadside hotel near Buffalo, New York. Many think... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2010 at The Untaken Road
Location: Fulton New York Mileage: 4,610 Music: “Forever Young” by Alphaville Meal: Café sandwich and salad I drove out of Manhattan, narrowly missing zigzagging pedestrians and lane un- abiding taxis. Although I could have stayed longer in the grand city, it was time to hit the road again. My car,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2010 at The Untaken Road