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Since last we spoke 5 months ago and what’s next

So, I dropped off the face of the Earth—no, I didn’t, just dropped off my blogging. The autumn got rough. Maybe a lot of bad weather during the summer was a part of it. Maybe it was astrological. I had a stressful fall. Maybe I gave myself a stressful fall. Seriously, I drive myself nuts […]

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So, how’s your September?

My shoulder scan This post contains astrology. And bathrooms. And frozen shoulders. Not necessarily in that order. I have discovered I don’t take my own advice, which makes me perfectly normal. I always tell people to get their pains and troublesome body parts checked out sooner, rather than later, but I delayed seeing a doctor […]

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New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

There are two things I need to do, simply because they are important to overall health and sanity. Sit less at computer. Daily spiritual practice of some kind. This computer—and the internet—are way too distracting. WAY too distracting. Hours can pass by and all I’ve done is look at stranger’s pictures, and stranger’s comments, and […]

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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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Food. Again.

OK, yesterday’s post came out of the blue. For you. For me, it was the result of a Friday at work full of carbs: Bread, fruit juice and two kinds of cake. And that was breakfast at work. Still under the influence of all the carbs, I let myself take some leftovers home with me. […]

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A food post (with kale and rambling)

So I’ve heard of the wonders of kale (called “green cabbage” in Norway) and this time of year our supermarkets carry it. The plant is perfect for temperate climates because a bit of frost makes it taste better. It can be used in anything you would use (cooked) spinach in and has about the same […]

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Boobies: To squeeze or not to squeeze

Yes, this post will be about boobies. Also known as tits. Mugs. Jugs. Bazongas. Melons. Breasts. Breasts and the big squeeze. Also known as getting a mammogram. In Norway, all woman are automatically offered bi-annual mammography examinations between the ages 50 and 69. Just before Easter this year, I got the letter informing me of […]

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The next half

New Year’s Eve. The day when people are either scrambling to get food and champagne for the evening’s festivities or are contemplating what resolutions to make for the coming year – or both. For me, 2011 is the start of the next half century of my life. I was 50 in December. It was actually […]

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Actually, I’m having fun

Ah, yes, once again a long hiatus. I still owe you guys my Normandie adventure, and I haven’t forgotten. The nice thing about the war is that writing about it has no time limit. (Is my excuse. 🙂 ) Thing is, I’m having a collision of Fun Things to Do. I want to focus more […]

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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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Food politics as religion

I have never understood the food-as-hobby thing. Of course, I’ve never understood the car-as-hobby thing, either. Some things are just used by most of us, while others of us delve into the inner workings, the bits and pieces, and know the subject from the inside out. I have a friend who delves into food, and […]

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The Starving Economist: People–A Liability?!

A friend of mine has an excellent summary of what’s really wrong with society, the economy, etc.: People. No, there’s nothing wrong with people. The problem is that we aren’t taking care of people. The Starving Economist: People–A Liability?!

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The "food packet"

Norway has a unique feature in its culture, and with it, a unique word: Matpakke. The word literally means “food package” and is the traditional Norwegian work lunch. Norwegians have traditionally had four meals a day – breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper – of which three are made up of very plain, open-faced sandwiches. Only […]

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Miscellaneous catching up

So somebody missed me (hi, Protege!). If it weren’t for Wordless Wednesdays, they wouldn’t know I was still alive. Well, I am, and here’s a run-down of what’s been grabbing my attention this month: Autumn got busy, as it usually does. I’ve been trying to focus on my astrology in order to forecast the weather […]

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Train spot

A little change in routine, and I suddenly find myself with a new delight. My acupuncturist’s office is right next to the rail yard. The most convenient way to get to my bus home is mostly under a roof: Through the train station, the adjoining shopping center and bus depot, down into the underground pedestrian […]

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Another layer off the onion

Another day, another needle. My acupuncturist did say I’d feel something after the third time, and she was right. I definitely felt like she’d peeled away a few layers and new ones were now coming to the surface to be taken care of. After hunting around on the ‘net, I have come to realize that […]

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Pin cushion

The tips of the acupuncture needles have colored caps. As I looked down my body, I saw cheerful light blue and pink sticking out of my leg and foot. One needle went into my hand and when the acupuncturist pulled it out, I was surprised to see it had been more than a centimeter (half […]

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Some synchronicities

I was telling some friends that I can’t give up my blog. It provides an outlet for those times when I want to put my thoughts to writing and maybe even have someone else read them. Why would I consider giving up my blog? Well, this year has not been a year of much writing. […]

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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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110/70

Sometimes pleasant surprises come with a pinching squeeze. In fact, the company doctor was baffled enough to check my blood pressure a third time. Probably because we’d both just been laughing. I was remembering my blood pressure as 120/80 (still not bad for a woman my age), but it was 110/70 18 months ago, too. […]