Posts in Burma

Freedom here and freedom there

It so happened that the day Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest, I was traveling. I was in the car, then on an airplane, then on a train, then I was walking, then on another train. I had heard that she was released, and all day I... Read More

November 15, 2010 2 Comments

Peace in an unpeaceful world

The house is quiet except from the mellow sound of Leonard Cohen. Outside is covered with a blanket of white. The temperature is slowly dropping—making me happy for a good supply of dried wood. Peace. Not much could make my life more peaceful than it is right now. Maybe if... Read More

November 9, 2010 3 Comments

Belonging nowhere

Today I drove to visit some of our Karen friends who live here in Norway. They have been here for four years. As I drove up to the government-funded house they live in, it was snowing. They stuck their heads out of the door as I was parking the car.... Read More

November 7, 2010 2 Comments

Same, same, but different

Some people I have met think that my family and I must have the most extraordinary life there is, so full of adventure, fun, challenges and thrills. I like my life. But, mostly, it isn’t any more full of first-class drama than most people’s lives. This I am going to... Read More

November 2, 2010 6 Comments

Sun through rain

A promise is a promise, and I did say I would write a blog that would change people’s lives. I am a few days late, but that is due to some other important activities—involving dress-ups for Halloween and a party with lots of kids high on sugar, corn syrup,glucose, artificial... Read More

November 2, 2010 3 Comments

The queen of Burma

“These days all I want to do is to collect money for the poor,” said Lasse in fourth grade today. He gave me a content sigh. Ah,the joy of making a difference in the world when one is nine. So innocent and sincere. One day he will grow up and... Read More

October 21, 2010 5 Comments

Transparent like dirty water

I like transparent people the most. The ones who don’t cover up their imperfections with perfect masks. I have some friends that willingly admit their shortcomings, fears and insecurities, who are willing to get advice from others and who are very quick to say sorry when they realize they have... Read More

October 20, 2010 3 Comments

About Saturday beers and getting dirty

Last night when I posted my blog I felt like it was the worst piece of writing and I actually thought I ought to remove it this morning. I am such a cry-baby, I thought. And people will be horrified when they see how self-centered I am and that I... Read More

October 17, 2010 7 Comments

When people step on toes

Motives are hard to judge sometimes. I often wonder about mine. I think I am more concerned about my own glory than the cause I am working for. I remind myself of my kids who make such a big deal of getting the credit for whatever little they may have... Read More

October 16, 2010 2 Comments

The doll maker taking action

    Every couple of weeks I get a phone call from Julie. I have never met her face to face, but she read about us in the newspaper and she liked what she read. Then, her favorite Norwegian country singer said he liked us, and that kind of did... Read More

October 13, 2010 5 Comments

Liu Xiaobo, did you ever think about him?

Today was an exciting day for me. It was the announcement of who would get the Nobel Peace Prize. I think it is more exciting than Christmas Eve. The leader of the Nobel committee walked out of the brown doors with a paper in his hand, press photographers were as... Read More

October 9, 2010 7 Comments

Rainy day reflection

Coming home to my kids and my family I am where I belong. They want to tell me all about the last two weeks and are not just a little excited about the goodies mommy brought back from America. We had a fashion show and there were lots of cheers... Read More

October 6, 2010 2 Comments