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Wishing I were there

There are a few photos that make me wish I could trade places with the people in them: (Photo from Tom Dempsey’s Antarctica) Isn’t that the coolest thing? (No pun intended.) Curious Gentoo chicks will approach humans and even lie on them for warmth. Can you imagine being the human? I think that would be […]

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A couple of Norwegian oddities (for Victoria)

Victoria is a fellow expatriate who has just gotten a new puppy and is about to experience her first Easter in Norway. She posted about that and since I know something about the matter(s), chose to reply here, rather than fill up her comments. I am fairly familiar with the weirdness that is the Norwegian […]

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My gallery: Seascape

Had I known I was going to be writing stories about her paintings, I would have taken notes when Grandma told me about her works. This seascape hangs in my living room above my couch, and I see it whenever I look up from my computer. What I know about this painting, is that it […]

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Frozen heaven

“Describe a place you remember from your childhood” is the prompt from Imagination prompt. A friend once asked me if I had ever ice skated, a question that brought back one of my fondest childhood activity – and memory. When I was a kid, I lived in a rural area about 15 miles north of […]

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Answering when asked

The phone rang. Caller ID showed it to be the same Oslo number that had called several times this week. For some reason, I thought it was the local newspaper, trying to sell me a subscription to its dead-tree editions because, well, my brain was AWOL this week. I answered. It was a Norwegian polling […]

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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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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 Christmas post

Every other blogger has something to say about the holiday, so I decided to, too, instead of feeling left out. First off let me say this: I wasn’t traumatized by Christmas growing up and I knew extremely early that Santa doesn’t exist. I love Christmas movies, because I love the combination of magic and inevitably […]

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Some stuff to think about

Recent surfing that caught my attention: “Married women do more of the housework” Men who are merely living together with their girlfriends, help out more. Studies about what happens after a long-term live-in arrangement becomes marriage have not been done. (Do them!) “Orchids may have been trampled on by T. Rex” (Bad, Rex, bad!) A […]

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What’s in a name?

A good laugh. That’s what. Spurred by the Webmiztris’ comment on naming your kid Imola or Werdna (do read that one), I went looking for Imola. It’s a town in Northern Italy. But that lead me to this blogger’s category of bad baby names, and from that I laughed myself silly at this: Qwuincey – […]

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1978, the hits of

Paula was tagged to do a piece on the pop music of the year she turned 18. I turned 18 the year before her, in 1978. Luckily, 1978 wasn’t a bad year for music. However, very little really stands out in my mind. Some of these songs I associate with driving to and from work […]

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Explaining bad luck

An insurance company in Norway has interviewed people about bad luck. Is it your own fault when you trip or when you spill or break something? When that happens, how do you explain it? You’re clumsy? You’re stressed or distracted? Or it’s just one of those things? There’s a fourth explanation they don’t list: It’s […]

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Cuisine and camping

Somebody has a picture of a hamburger on their blog. Big picture. Big burger. And they are giving it (the burger, not the picture) a review. Which is something you’ll probably not see on my blog. A food or restaurant review. I don’t know what things are called, and my cooking is more a la […]

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Atheists vs. Christians – or atheists AND Christians?

I just read an article on theists vs. atheists and it was not a waste of time. It was a very good look at how the non-believers and believers can get along and why insisting on not getting along isn’t a good idea at all. Over on my other blog I go on about God […]

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Black teen humor and me

A father proudly posted the URL to his 13-year-old daughter’s website to a Usenet group I read, boasting his daughter’s site gets 21,000 hits. So I took a look. The tiny photograph of the web mistress herself showed a pale and serious face framed by dark hair, the almost gothic and always closed look some […]

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30 days to serenity

September has been a month where things came to a head for me. I don’t function well when I’m tired. Ever since childhood, I’ve always gotten cranky when tired. After a weekend of little sleep, I got cranky at work last Monday, and the person I was cranky with (a regular co-worker) took it so […]