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5 things that guaranteed will make you happy

Nobody can guarantee happiness. Not me. Not the richest, sexiest man in the world. Actually, happiness has a lot more to do with our attitude towards our circumstances, than with the actual circumstances. So, sorry. If you wanted to read this blog to get happy, I may disappoint you. But,... Read More

January 17, 2014 6 Comments

My New Year Resolutions

It’s my first day of work in 2014. The new year feels almost exactly the same as the old one. It was hard to wake up. I have too many emails to reply to. The laundry room is a mess. I need to work out more consistently. I decided to... Read More

January 2, 2014 1 Comment

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

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

Hero, who are you?

Several times during one’s life, one has to write an essay about one’s heroes. I have had strong influence on the heroes my children have chosen to write about. I have not exactly bribed them, but I have made it clear that my pride in them will be so much... Read More

September 25, 2013 1 Comment

What else do we need?

The reason for my silence for such a long time is simple. I have been in the land of no Internet. Kind of nice. Kind of isolated. I did not miss email much, but I did miss interacting with all of you in my blog-world. I was in Burma and... Read More

September 17, 2013 2 Comments

To become, not to be

I have gotten myself elected into the PTA. Not that there is a rush of people who want the honor. Still, as I sat at our first meeting last night I had the time to reflect on why I wanted to be there. What do I want to contribute to... Read More

August 21, 2013 1 Comment