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Wordless Wednesday – Autumn pansy

Wordless Wednesday This would have been my grandma’s 100th birthday. She loved pansies.

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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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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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The war that never ends

In an attempt to escape Halloween (I’ll talk about that later) yesterday, I went to a theater play. “Operasjon Almenrausch” (sorry, little info in English) was more like a live docudrama, and what a great way to tell a story! Extremely clever staging, with the action taking place all over and the audience seated in […]

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Meat market and other memories

Wednesday’s photo was taken from a bus stop at one of Bergen’s main intersections, between our historic, Hanseatic wharf “Bryggen” and our open-air fish market. In the comments, Alice asked me what the building in the middle was, and this was my reply: The building in the middle with the stepped gable used to be […]

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Flu proof?

My grandma, who was born in 1910, told me how she, her sister and her father all lay sick – so weak they were often unconscious – for two weeks with the Spanish flu in 1918. Grandma’s mother didn’t get sick at all. Not even so much as a sniffle. The Norwegian newspapers announced yesterday […]

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Asleep

It has bugged me for quite some time that I couldn’t remember where I was when Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon exactly 40 years ago today. I knew I was in Norway, on Grandpa’s family farm in Mundal (in Lind√•s, not the Mundal in Sogn that former vice-president Mondale came from) and […]

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Keys

They were tucked behind a little notepad, in the tiny envelope they were handed to me in by the attorney handling my grandma’s estate. Nearly exactly four years after her death, I finally got around to handing them over to whoever had taken over her apartment. I hadn’t been by there in all this time. […]

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Health care

My friend Alice has gone on a rant about her experiences with health care in her neck of the woods (and her desire for socialized medicine that we living in other countries enjoy). The same day she ranted, I had been to see my doctor. Here is my comment on Alice’s blog about that: Contrast […]

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A note from Mom

Sometimes the sweetest things show up unexpectedly, like a note from Mom. That was the title of the e-mail my mom sent me today. Actually, it was notes from Mom. One of them was a healing prayer for me. It is now laminated and resting by my keyboard as a reminder that both life, body […]

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The bilingual advantage

A researcher, Bente Ailin Svendsen, in linguistics at the university in Oslo has concluded that bilingualism is an advantage (Norw. article). It doesn’t lead to confusion; it leads to greater flexibility. The article says about her findings (quoted text my translation): Bilinguals react faster to stimuli than do monolinguals, and the brain seems to stay […]

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Swiss cheese nation

The easiest way to make a straight road in Norway, is by tunneling through its ancient mountains. Easy, but not cheap. You see, with all the bedrock that makes up Norway, you have to blast through tons of it, anyway, and the advantage to tunnels is that they can shorten a trip and also give […]

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The joy of small electronics

There is much to be tickled and awed by on the web and if you read sites like Neatorama or Boing Boing or even Cute Overload, you’ve already seen a lot of the stuff. Thanks to link curiosity via something else Neatorama posted, I came across this little video on machine mimicking nature. http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1348306/robots_inspired_by_animals.swf Robots […]

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Home-made card

I can’t remember when I last made a home-made Mother’s Day card, if ever. Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May in the US, so I made this card at home, 21st century style (Photoshop. layers, effects, more than one photo), showing Grandma and me, and sent it to my mother:

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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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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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Just another Tuesday

I see it’s been a whole week since I last posted. Sorry about that. Suffice to say there’s nothing go on in my life, so basically doing nothing and writing nothing, leaves you, my dear reader, with nothing, so you are completely up to date. Isn’t it nice to know you’re caught up in at […]

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1987

Making the rounds of some Norwegian blogs is a meme about what you remember from 1987 (a 20th anniversary). I can’t tell you anything about popular culture, fashion, top 40 hits, news items, or the year’s best movies without looking it up, because I can’t remember. I do remember 1987, though, because that was the […]

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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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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 […]