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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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Passing on stuff I’ve learned: Food

These last 18 months have led me down paths I wasn’t expecting to travel. I’m basically challenging my own paradigms. Here are my thoughts about food: I have come to realize that no one can live well and healthy without animals, not even vegans. According to everything I’ve been reading and hearing about nutrition since […]

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Digestion: Discovery and dilemma

I have been reading a lot lately. My latest read is a book by a Swedish doctor, Annika Dahlqvist, who was reported for malpractice a couple of years for advising diabetics to eat a low carbohydrate, high fat diet. She was found innocent of the charges as her advice was supported by studies. Lately, this […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Paper pick-up

Wordless Wednesday

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Earth Hour

I participated. I tunred off my lights, lit some candles and sat in my darkened living room for an hour, listening to a podcast. I’m sorry to say that I did not sit in a darkened neighborhood although my city was an official participant.

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Planning to be green

Normally, I have a plan, a desire for what I want in the new year. Not this time. This past new year’s eve, I watched TV, surfed the ‘net, enjoyed the fireworks my neighbors set off. I did not light candles to meditate to, write myself a letter, sum up the last year and think […]

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Architecture pr0n

I sometimes wonder if I should have become an architect, even though my spacial abilities are not much (in spite of getting an “A” in geometry). One of my favorite waste of times secret joys is to surf the ‘net looking for cool houses. I am especially fond of Spanish style homes (which are typical […]

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Gray, no way! (And yay!)

Tim’s comment that the color of the wild roses on yesterday’s post was soothing, got me thinking. The more I looked at the brilliant magenta of the roses, the more I realized that although the color is strong, it does not agitate. And that got me thinking about some other colors. There is some major […]

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Now, this I’d drive!

I tripped over the car for me! It’s a hybrid, in more than one way: It can run on either gas or electricity and can be recharged on the existing grid and it is both motorcycle and car! I can totally see myself in one of these things (room for a passenger, too). Speed and […]

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A moment in shopping

I am one of those people who thinks 8 am is an ungodly hour and that being up and dressed and finished with breakfast by noon is early enough. At least on weekends. But since I had a coffee date with a friend at noon, I was up and dressed somewhat earlier and at the […]

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Grass farming

I grew up in an era where there was a call of “back to nature” (the influence of the flower children of the 60’s), where more and more humans stopped defining all the members of nature (from bacteria to whales) as having the quality of good or bad. We had embraced ecology and the awareness […]

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Where to, honey bee?

The US is facing a possible agricultural disaster. Honey bees are vital to fruit crops because they pollinate the flowers of fruits and vegetables. But in 2006, hives were suddenly being abandoned. The bees themselves disappeared without a trace, leaving no clues behind, and no other bees came to take over the hives. The phenomenon […]

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Another reason to go vegetarian

I keep telling people that one of the nice things about living in Norway is the country’s ban on genetically modified (GM) food. I don’t want to eat the stuff, and I don’t want to encourage others to grow it or eat it, either. I have seen reports that suggest that the corn crops modified […]

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Too hot to handle

It’s nice to have lovely weather. We’ve now had such a long stretch of dry, sunny weather that the fire departments in all of western Norway are on special alert. It won’t take much to start a fire with everything as dry as it is. Unlike my native California, everything’s green and lush and we’re […]

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Failing the climate quiz

Yesterday, right after work, my division had a meeting about the climate. Some of the questions were about how we thought the climate changes would affect our work. I can’t really see any direct influence on my work as a graphics designer. Indirectly, there are heaps. The climate changes has made us aware of how […]

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What do I desire?

“What do I desire?” was the prompt on the prompt generator – and a good prompt it is. Last night’s seminar has (happily) given me a lot of inspiration and – desire. Desire to look seriously at what I really want out of life and the faith that I can make my desires realities. But […]

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Laundry

The last municipality in Norway to get electricity was Røldal, on March 22, 1958. Our local radio station interviewed a number of elderly Røldal residents about what it was like to get “current” (“strøm”), which is the colloquial Norwegian for electricity. One woman described trying to get used to cooking with an electric stove. Baking […]