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AFK

It’s almost 8 pm. It is the first time today I sit down at the computer. And it felt good, in more ways than one. I have been struggling with some achy hip joints, which – I discovered – have to do with too much sitting, especially on a bad chair. I now try to […]

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Current state not necessarily future state

Talking about digestion is something old people do. So let me talk about my digestion now and get it over and done with because I really don’t want to be having this conversation when I’m old. I am currently reading a book, “Hidden power for human problems” by Frederick Bailes. I hadn’t heard of Bailes […]

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I am safe as long as…

I have a good friend, Ken, who has often functioned as my personal guru. He has a simple but effective suggestion for when life seems to get difficult or worrisome: Go find the party. Or, if that’s a little out of reach, affirm to yourself, “I am safe as long as I’m breathing, no matter […]

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Thankful for the magic

I’m currently reading “The Moses Code”, and it’s a fascinating experience. The book is about using “I am that I am” (God’s name) and just saying that phrase puts me in a much calmer and happier frame of mind. In general, reading the book has that effect. It’s also reminding me that I am not […]

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Fragments

Do you ever get to a point where you feel like you need to just stop everything – stop what you’re doing, stop commitments, stop routines, stop time – just so you can think? Because you need time to think to identify what’s rattling around in your brain? Because what you’re really trying to do […]

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Do you need fear?

There’s a movie called “Esoteric Agenda” making the rounds. I actually watched the full 126 minutes this movie lasts, and it is, in my opinion, a shining example of how erroneously we can connect the dots and see patterns where there are none, inventing monsters under the bed with no other evidence than an absence […]

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Great expectations – fulfilled

I have a habit. It is a habit of never having expectations. I do look forward to things, but I don’t delight in the looking forward. It is rather an intellectual exercise to put me in the right frame of mind, but I never fantasize about the future event, and I never dwell on the […]

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Don’t assume you know the truth

As everyone else says who has past this on, watch till the end, and don’t assume you know what’s coming.

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Easter Eve sights and sounds

Remember my telling you what a dream Easter is in Norway? How the perfect Easter is brilliant white snow and brilliant yellow sun? We have that right now. I wore wool underwear and sunglasses for my walk home from the store, carrying a generic automated coffee machine cappuccino which tasted surprisingly good if not cappuccino-y. […]

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Philosopher, heal thyself

I saw my acupuncturist today. I knew I had to give her bad news and make a decision about whether or not to keep trusting her. You have to wonder at the “signs” one can get: I opened the same door as the last time I was there, and walked into a room I didn’t […]

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Hrmph

Hrmph 1: I had an upset tummy all weekend, and diarrhea. I felt weak from it and called in sick today. I searched the ‘net for information about the herbal supplements, was relieved to discover that they truly are harmless but that it may be necessary to cut the dose if one gets diarrhea. The […]

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60 minutes of New Age Fair

One thing that has been is consistently popular since 1996, is the new age fair (or “alternative convention”, as it is actually called). Several major cities in Norway hold one each year, and this time of year is when Bergen’s has its fair. It is always popular. A former co-worker had a gift for sensing […]

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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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Feeling the love

This is the photo my co-workers chose to use on the invitation they made up for my 25th anniversary party. I’m not frowning; I’m squinting into the sun with a candy pacifier in my mouth and awful hair (for some damned reason), trying to adjust the photographer. Or the camera. I forget. This photo is […]

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Of cucumbers and cash

It is a relaxing, lazy Saturday morning. My stomach is feeling better so I can genuinely enjoy a cup of coffee. I’m probably also feeling good because last night I finally did all my dishes, I even put them away, and I decluttered several piles. It was about time. I’ve been neglecting my chores for […]

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Stargazing by touch

On this planet we have deaf drummers and composers. Our planet may now be fostering blind astronomers. Via Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy Blog, I have learned of a woman who had a marvelous idea: Making astronomy books you can touch so the seeing impaired, too, can discover what’s up in the sky. Head over to […]

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Forgiving

Many other bloggers have written about forgiveness. There are whole web sites, books and even religious doctrines devoted to the concept, so I won’t go into great detail here. In Christianity, we are asked to forgive those who trespass against us, as we are forgiven our own trespasses (as the Lord’s prayer more or less […]

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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 new day, a new year

I woke up to the alarm clock set for 9 something. 9:30, that’s it. I closed the window, turned on all the heaters (yep, real Norwegian habit, that), and wandered out from my bedroom. From the kitchen window, while I made coffee, I looked out on an absolutely quiet world – no sound of traffic […]

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Loud ‘n’ clear

It’s New Year’s Eve, December 31st, and all afternoon, some kids have been lighting firecrackers and simpler fireworks. It’s not legal; they need to be over 18, but not a single adult, not even me, has said a word to the 10 or so boys who have been happily lighting stuff, and diving for cover […]