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Apples, APP and another abbreviation

Apples makes me think of the old gold mining town of Julian in Southern California, a charming and tiny place that today specializes in apple pie. Warm apple pie with cheddar cheese on it is a wonderfully delicious combo! Lasers make me think of when laserium shows were new. There were shows in Los Angeles, […]

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Cold radiation

“Luminescence is emission of light by a substance not resulting from heat; it is thus a form of cold-body radiation.” Wikipedia’s definition of luminescence immediately put me in mind of a literal cold-body radiation. I still don’t quite understand it. It happened when my then-boyfriend attended church with me. “Church” was not really church the […]

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Water and habits

As a native Californian, I still feel a bit of worry when I let the water run, like I see so many Norwegians do. It’s standard: They let it run to get it nice and cold. They well afford to: The one place that never seems to run out of fresh water is Norway. The […]

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Voting California-style

I got my absentee ballot today from the Los Angeles Country Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. Voting in the US is quite different than in Norway. And a lot more fun. I just voted on condom use for adult film performers. In Norway, you vote for the party you most agree with by picking their list of names. […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Gallus Gallus

Wordless Wednesday

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Bats, birds and turbines

Sailing out from Copenhagen, on the ferry bound for Oslo, we pass by a long line of wind turbines standing tall out in the water. As “green” as I am, I have never liked the looks of the modern three-bladed wind turbine. There is something about them that bothers me. When I watch them turn, […]

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On miracles and mothers

A miracle is an authentic switch from fear to love. When we speak from the ego, we will call up the ego in others. When we speak from Holy Spirit, we will call up their love. In 1967, my whole family fell apart. Mommy, Daddy, baby sister and I all ended up at separate addresses. […]

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Wordless Wednesday – A native Californian

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday – Longing for more of this

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday – Study in black and white

Wordless Wednesday

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Remnants

Comments here and there in the blog world, prompted the question about whether or not I had kept anything from childhood. The answer is no. Both times I left California (age 8 and age 20) for Norway, it never occurred to anyone in the family that it would be for an extended stay and so […]

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Neither here nor there

Earlier this week, in a comment on my Halloween post, Protege asked me a question: Do I ever feel the urge to return to California for good, or do I feel Norwegian at this point? My answer was neither. Although many people believe I am Norwegian, I’m not. Not even by blood. I am a […]

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Halloween: It lost something in translation

I can barely remember childhood Christmases or Easters. One Christmas stands out because it was the last before I moved to Norway at age 8; one Easter stands out because we ended up spending the day in the ER getting stitches put into my sister’s forehead. The holiday I remember best is Halloween. I always […]

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Don’t stop ’til you get enough

When I woke up this morning and heard Michael Jackson had died, my first thought was, “Now he won’t suffer any more.” I have never had the impression that he was a happy man, an impression supported by what I’ve heard about his childhood, his family, his plastic surgeries and the accusation of his molesting […]

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Photo tag leads to pyramid

I feel tagged by Protege. The rules of this photo tag are: Post the 4th picture in your 4th folder and explain it, plus tag 4 people to do the same. My definition of “4th folder” had me opening up CD art, specifically the cover to Alan Parsons Project’s “Pyramid”. The funny thing about boys […]

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Driver’s ed

Traffic fatalities so far this year in western Norway have been at an all-time high. 45% of the ones killed are between the ages of 15 and 25, and the main reason is speed. This is happening in a country that has mandatory and expensive driver’s training and exacting driver’s tests. It’s like the thousands […]

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Ballot 2008

Finally! My absentee ballot arrived in the mail. My choices for president are: John McCain (pres.), Sarah Palin (VP) – Republican Cynthia McKinney (pres.), Rosa Clemente (VP) – Green Alan Keyes (pres.), Wiley S. Drake, Sr. – American Independent Ralph Nader (pres.), Matt Gonzalez (VP) – Peace and Freedom Barack Obama (pres.), Joe Biden (VP) […]

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The high school guidance counselor

Paula kvetches about her daughter’s high school guidance counselor in this post. I put in my 2 cents in the comments, but I thought my own readers deserved to hear my own kvetching. I actually liked high school, though I didn’t like homework (but always did it, because I am unable to cram) and by […]

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Little blue dots of fun

I remember when I lived in Los Angeles, a friend of mine and I drove on the ridge of the Hollywood Hills on Mulholland Drive, a road that devolved into a gravel single lane at the ridge’s narrowest part. We parked and got out and enjoyed the views to both The Valley to the north […]

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Blood types here and there

A blood drive at work (I didn’t participate at this time) offered some trivia about the distribution of blood types, which got me thinking. I gave blood a couple of times back when I lived in California, so I knew my blood type (O) was very common and very much in demand. I was therefore […]