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Unlike stuff community seldom decay and rot

The other day I posted something on my Facebook that lots of people liked.  I posted some photos of us making cookies with some friends from Burma. The feeling I got was that it was not the photos themselves that was the big attraction. It was the comment I wrote... Read More

December 17, 2013 Leave your thoughts

Raising the president and feeding a princess

Last night we did something weird. It took a lot of effort, and the teens in the house thought their parents had lost their marbles. We decided to make a full-on dinner without using any electricity. Kristin and I have this little project going for December. We try to do... Read More

December 3, 2013 Leave your thoughts

From Black Friday to Giving Tuesday

For the last couple of days I have been getting emails in my inbox that are disturbing. About Black Friday.  I don’t like the name. It sounds like a horror movie. Like something bad is going to happen that day. And I guess, something bad will happen. Millions of people... Read More

November 26, 2013 Leave your thoughts

It is human nature to want to be good

This is me when I read the news: Humanitarian crisis: Read fast and try to forget. News about some celebrity: Stop, read and look at pictures. If the scandal is big, I will look for a follow-up. I wasn’t sure I wanted to write the above sentences because it is... Read More

November 19, 2013 2 Comments

Some people are allowed to lie

  Last month I went to the north of Burma. I went to a state where the Kachin live. They one of the beautiful people of Burma, brave, hospitable and friendly. For three years the Burma Army has brutally attacked their homes, their villages and their land. Their land is... Read More

November 5, 2013 2 Comments

How much is my worth?

There is a lot of talk about what a human being is worth around the globe. Well, actually, it may not be the main topic of conversation around the tables at coffee bars and pubs, but in media the theme is often raised. In Norway the debate has reached new... Read More

October 24, 2013 Leave your thoughts

Go fishing and you die

I received an email that I have been thinking about ever since I got it a couple of days ago. It was from my friend who lives in Western Burma. In Rakhine state. She and her family belong to the Rohingya people group, and along with more than 100,000 people,... Read More

October 21, 2013 7 Comments

Without a challenge life sucks

I read this awesome quote yesterday. I have been thinking of it ever since. It was written by Richard Kool, an ethnographer. He was describing some Indian tribes of British Colombia, Canada. “The Shushwap region was and is considered by the Indian people to be a rich place: rich in... Read More

October 1, 2013 3 Comments

The tragedy of the the gold iPhone 5

Three things happened yesterday. My oldest daughter, Elise, told me about her upcoming trip to Berlin with her class. In preparation for the trip they are studying the Holocaust. “I really don’t like to read about it, watch the movies they make us watch, and I am dreading going to... Read More

September 27, 2013 3 Comments