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Birds, bulges and benches

Yes, another four days since I last posted. Here’s why: SATURDAY: “Dawn’s at 5:45 am. I’ll pick you up at 5 am.” So I got up at 4:30-ish, starting making the coffee for the thermos and gathering the breakfast sandwiches I had made the evening before, dressed warmly, stuffed a small rucksack and grabbed my […]

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Slow, but good

“Doesn’t ride the same day he saddles” (as the Norwegians say) could describe me. As some folks would say, I had a frog to eat. The idea of eating a frog is repulsive (not talking about legs prepared by some French chef here), so tasks that seem difficult or distasteful are like the idea of […]

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What does this look like to you?

It’s amazing how something that looks like it would need a 24-hour soak in my kitchen, is absolutely gorgeous when it’s 300 lightyears wide.

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Opining on the news

Do I have an opinion about the recent news? About a young man who opens fire and kills 32 other people, and wounds 17? I am asked by Norwegians what it means when Americans go amuck with firearms. What’s with Americans and guns? I cannot answer them. I don’t know myself. I was not raised […]

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Multiple choice

Taken from Tim (and I may have done this meme before. If so, I apologize; blame the brain): (X) Smoked a cigarette (X) Had feelings for someone who didn’t have them back ( ) Been arrested ( ) Gone on a blind date (X) Skipped school (yes, because I was bullied and couldn’t stand facing […]

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Anniversaries

Midnight. Wind and rain slash at my coat, lifting it, getting my skirt wet. It’s a thin skirt, with glitter on it, and underneath I’m wearing only panty hose. Although the weather is almost freezing, I’m not. I’m warm because I’ve been drinking. The evening started with a glass of bubbly around 7 pm, worked […]

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Head lines

Sravana seemed worried in a comment to my previous post that her head line isn’t terribly long, because I said that that is the line associated with longevity, not the life line. And of course, this all needs clarification. The head line is all about how you think and whether or not you think well. […]

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A bit more about the new header

A bit more. HA! Haven’t told you a thing, have I. OK, well, now I’m going to tell you. I enjoyed making my own masthead or whatever it’s called (header, right). There’s a feeling, when you finally get The Idea, and it just Works. You know you can run with it, you know you can […]

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All done!

Welcome to my new look! Er, my blog’s new look. I hope you like it!

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Whoa, four days?

Seriously, has it been four days since my last post? What have I been up to? Well, it’s been another one of those weeks, where I’ve been busy with Real Life. Specifically, I’ve been busy gathering fleas. For a fleamarket. Yes, they call it that here in Norway, too (except it Norwegian, of course – […]

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Pearls Before Breakfast

Alice writes in her blogpost “Pearls Before Breakfast”: This is brilliant. Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten convinced violinist Joshua Bell to play his $3.5 million Stradivarius for quarters in the Washington, DC subway during rush hour back in January. How’d it turn out? Read for yourself (video is included). Enjoy! I did enjoy. It was […]

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Thumbs up

I found this at Beep‘s – another thumb. You Are the Thumb You’re unique and flexible. And you defy any category. Mentally strong and agile, you do things your own way. And you do them well. You are a natural leader… but also truly a loner. You inspire many but connect with few. You get […]

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Present Simple

…is the blog of Badaunt, an English teacher (that is, she teaches English; she’s actually a New Zealander) in Japan. It has taken me a while to grasp her style, but today’s blogpost clinched it. When you read a story that puts you Right There with the writer, then that is some damned good writing. […]

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News from the neighborhood

On March 25, the magpies had made the floor of their nest. By April 6, they had a roof. It’s slow going (or so it seems), but considering that trees are not yet budding, and I woke up to a snowshower this morning, the birds seem to be right on time. A couple of mornings […]

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B+

No, not my blood type – my personality type. As found at a Type A’s blog. 😉 You Have A Type B+ Personality You’re a pro at going with the flow You love to kick back and take in everything life has to offer A total joy to be around, people crave your stability. While […]

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Insults and the right to free speech

Bloggers all over are currently discussing the suggestion of a blogging code of conduct, where bloggers are required to refrain from insults and threats, or get their blogs yanked. The debate is generally anti-code, justified by the claim that it is freedom of speech to say what you want, and said freedom is protected by […]

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Who makes me think

Eep! I’ve been tagged! By Mark. So here are five blog(ger)s that make me think: Mark hisself. We have some things in common but we don’t necessarily process the same way, and so I can’t just sit back and assume. I’ve discovered I can’t even make assumptions about myself. Alice because she keeps abreast of […]

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Giraffes = fun

Where does the idea come from that if what we are doing is fun, it can’t be God’s will? The God who made giraffes, has a sense of humor. Make no mistake about that. —Catherine Marshall

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Are you sure you’re seeing it right?

I saw this cartoon over on another blog, and found it to be an excellent illustration of how many of us see our problems – or our shortcomings (take your pick): Far bigger than they really are. Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons. […]