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I am (more than?) a bunch of adjectives

I think like a lot of us, I have an incessant need to see myself reflected by others in order to believe that I am who I think I am. Positively and negatively. I save adjectives like souvenirs, reminders of when I got them and from whom. I wear them as badges, as armor. When [Keep Reading...]

Happy New Year to You

2010 is here and I can hardly believe it. A new decade. A new period of time to look forward to with high expectations and even higher hopes. At this time…. …ten years ago, I was starting my last semester of high school and looking forward to the freedom of college. …five years ago, I [Keep Reading...]

Darlin’ Do Not Fear

Sometimes the perfect song just finds you. When I arrived in my own set of clothes I was half a world away from my home And I was hunted by the wolves and I was heckled by the crows Darlin’ do not fear what you don’t really know Alongside my innocence I laid in bed [Keep Reading...]

May you be inscribed in the book of life

Yesterday was Yom Kippur, considered the holiest day of the year for Jews. I have never been particularly religious, but fasting on Yom Kippur is something I’ve done since I was a kid. Not because my parents told me to or because it was expected of me, but because the significance of the day is [Keep Reading...]

My New Mexico Travelogue

Earlier this month I spent seven amazing days in New Mexico on a solo vacation to celebrate my 27th birthday. No computer. No email. No boyfriend. Just a rental car, my cameras and a few maps. It was a wondrous experience to be alone in the vast spaces of the West. I saw and did [Keep Reading...]

@whitneyhess on Acela Express

When Jeffrey Zeldman uploads your photo to Flickr, you blog it. @whitneyhess on Acela Express Originally uploaded by Jeffrey Zeldman

April Fools jokes around the web — causing user pain?

Shockingly, a bunch of people really believed that I was putting my career as a user experience designer on hold in order to become a motivational speaker. But there have been much bigger jokes floating around the web today in honor of April Fools’ Day, some of which are cute and silly, and others of [Keep Reading...]