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Forgiving

Many other bloggers have written about forgiveness. There are whole web sites, books and even religious doctrines devoted to the concept, so I won’t go into great detail here. In Christianity, we are asked to forgive those who trespass against us, as we are forgiven our own trespasses (as the Lord’s prayer more or less […]

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Five things in my refrigerator

The Creativity Portal suggested I tell you of five things in my refrigerator. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Rice milk. I was drinking soy milk for a while until it decided to conflict with the hormonal changes of perimenopause. I then switched to cow’s milk and now to rice milk. I can’t actually remember […]

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Clumping

In my previous post, I mentioned the antithesis to British queueing: The Norwegian clumping. Norwegians never form a line unless forced to, like at the ATM because they finally got the message about security, or at the grocery store because of the shopping carts. In every other aspect of life, a pedestrian Norwegian will clump. […]

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Hello, Dolly

It was a slow evening at my local McDonald’s when I dropped by on my way home. I walked in on four customers loitering in the middle of the floor and when one of the girls said “Next!”, I discovered I was the next. People back away from the counter while waiting for their food, […]

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The seismic brain

This little report rather fascinated me. Apparently, an epileptic seizure in the brain has “tremors” and “seismic” activity similar to the earth’s earthquake activity.

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What shook loose in a brain-wracking

I don’t think I have a boring life, but I have little to report because I’m not the sort of person who has some sort of activity to do every single day. Well, I do, like writing a daily blog post, but I guess nothing I consider interesting enough to write about. I doubt you […]

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Political choices

I started to get carried away replying to my own blog comments, so I had to make a decision and a link loop. I must be under the influence of: Translation: SV = Socialist Left Høyre = Right (anything but left) Ap = Labor (left-winged, but not always progressive, as you can see) KrF = […]

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Around and about dipthongs

“Does English have dipthongs?” “As in two vowels together making a single sound? Sure. Take the ‘ou’ in ‘around’ or ‘about’, for example. Another dipthong would be ‘ea’, which is pronounced… is pronounced… uhm, like ‘ea’ as in ‘bear’ or like ‘ea’ as in ‘feat’ or like ‘ea’ as in ‘great’.” The concept is far […]

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Circly, not cactusy

Your Personality Profile You are happy, driven, and status conscious. You want everyone to know how successful you are. Very logical, you see life as a game of strategy. A bit of a loner, you prefer to depend on yourself. You always keep your cool and your composure. You are a born leader and business […]

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The Perfumery

My skin was a huge issue for me, growing up. I got my first blackheads at the age of 8. I was the only kid in school in Norway to have blackheads way before everybody else. In fact, I left Norway at age 15, and so never saw any of my classmates with acne. It […]

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The girl in the bubble

I live in a very safe place, I’ve come to realize this weekend. I know that the weather bureau warned us of very strong winds, and a full storm at sea, but I haven’t actually noticed any storm. I have spent my weekend so far, immersed in my new toy, enjoying the high speed as […]

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Whoops! Learned something!

I read the Bad Astronomy blog, mainly because it’s fun to know the correct thing about something. Like the fact that our planet (Earth, in case you were wondering) is not the only planet to experience solar eclipses. Saturn does, too, by virtue of being so far away, that its moons appear bigger than the […]

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Christmas Eve all over again!

“Hi, do you know what day this is? It’s Christmas Eve!” the voice on the phone said to me this afternoon. It took me a heartbeat, then I realized what he meant[1]: My new Intel iMac had arrived! So instead of getting the grocery shopping done, I met with my Mac salesman at my office, […]

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How Norway creates a worry

OK, that title sounds worse than it is, and also sounds more serious than it is. I guess the real worry is that the arctic region so far this winter is warmer than southern Norway, and also so dry that a grass fire broke out (that’s a first!), but that’s not the subject of this […]

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Conversations you don’t want to have

I was standing at our row of mailboxes, when the adult son of my upstairs neighbor came flying down the stairs in our apartment building and breathlessly asked me if I’d seen his mom, grandmother of four. The family had been looking for her and calling her cell phone since yesterday. I had seen her […]

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A letter to myself December 31 2007

I wrote myself a letter on New Year’s Eve, as part of a ritual I have. Here is the letter, with the most personal details removed:   This year I am spending New Year’s away from home with friends. Though I would have liked to, I have looked forward to being alone, at home, and […]

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A new day, a new year

I woke up to the alarm clock set for 9 something. 9:30, that’s it. I closed the window, turned on all the heaters (yep, real Norwegian habit, that), and wandered out from my bedroom. From the kitchen window, while I made coffee, I looked out on an absolutely quiet world – no sound of traffic […]