Tag Archive: Children

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

Why I have never thought of selling my daughters

I am so lucky because I am the mother of three beautiful and healthy girls. They are not little girls anymore, but young ladies. This fills me with both pride and a sting of sadness too. The years have passed so quickly and the dress-up parties, the barbies, and the... Read More

December 12, 2013 3 Comments

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

The madness of generous

Karen Blixen, the author of Out of Africa said that “the only thing we are allowed to bring with us from our lives here in earth, are the things we have given away.” I thought about that today, and decided that if I really believed that, then I would give... Read More

November 13, 2013 Leave your thoughts

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

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