Tag Archive: courage

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

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

Did you ever run for life?

Today I ran for life. The trail by the ocean was beautiful—yellow and orange trees were on the sidelines, cheering me on. Dead leaves covered the trail like a blanket for me to run on. The air was crisp and clear. On my run I passed people walking and some... Read More

September 29, 2013 Leave your thoughts

The happiness report

Today I was skimming through the happiness report, a report done by the UN. Read the report here. I fully plan to read the whole document when I get the time. I think it is interesting to read about where people are the happiest, and why. I have to ask... Read More

September 24, 2013 Leave your thoughts

I have a dream

Yesterday we were reminded of one of the greatest speeches in the world. We heard excerpts from it on the radio and TV all day. Experts in rhetoric commented on why this speech was so good, why we remember it, why it spellbound 250,000 people on the day it was... Read More

August 29, 2013 Leave your thoughts

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

I am what I choose

Here is another reblog from me. I wrote this one in 2011. I have said this before, but since it is so true, I will repeat it: The freedom of choice is often a burden. Because when we get to choose, we also run the risk of choosing wrong. And... Read More

July 22, 2013 Leave your thoughts

When losing is good

My daughter Kristin’s voice was thick and full of tears and snot. She called me all the way from Sweden where she is playing a week-long soccer tournament with teams from all over Scandinavia. “We lost,” was all she could say before the tears took over again, and she was... Read More

July 2, 2013 Leave your thoughts

When do I hear my neighbor sing?

I have been working on translating my book, Picking Flowers on Dusty Roads, into Norwegian. It is a long, and boring task. Since I am in the mood of the book, I have decided to share a few paragraphs here. Perhaps you will like it and want to get the... Read More

June 12, 2013 3 Comments

Compassion among equals, you and the homeless

There has been an intense debate going on in the media in Norway over the last few months. I have followed it with great interest. The richest nation in the world, the country with the highest standard of living anywhere, the cold, oil-rich territory way up in the north of... Read More

May 28, 2013 7 Comments