Tag Archive: Human Rights

Creating a new gospel and justifying killing

Over the years I have made some Muslim friends. Some of them like spicy food. Some don’t. Some of them listen to rap, others to classical music. Some of them are good at the times tables. Some of them suck. Some of them are skinny, others are a bit meatier.... Read More

December 10, 2015 4 Comments

How to create a storm that blows the crap away

There is a storm roaring outside my office window, branches are flying, leaves are dancing, the rain showers fall horizontally instead of vertically. The storm has been appropriately named: “Roar.” Incidentally, Roar is a boy’s name in Norway.  Personally, I am not particularly fond of storms. It keeps me awake at... Read More

October 2, 2015 Leave your thoughts

People are fleeing because I want too many shoes

My friend said this: The refugee crisis we have in the world at the moment is because we have too much stuff. For some seconds I thought he was not entirely in touch with the state of affairs we are in right now—here on planet Earth. It seems to me... Read More

September 10, 2015 6 Comments

Can lives be saved on Facebook?

I am not sure why it has taken me so long to say something. It has been brewing for months. No, let’s say years. And now it is at the boiling point. Or, should we say it is boiling over. I am of course talking about the crazy, insane, terrible,... Read More

September 4, 2015 Leave your thoughts

The Ugly Face of Suspicion

Tonight we invited a Ugandan inside for tea. I think my husband was won over when the smiling black man with teeth as white as snow told him that in Uganda Steve would be worth a lot of cows. That is the benefit of having many daughters in the African... Read More

June 18, 2015 1 Comment

How far does your love reach?

It was the mother who kissed her baby girl I remember the most from my last trip to Sittwe, Myanmar, a few weeks ago. She held her baby up to her face and kissed her while she breathed deeply and smelled the lovely smell only one’s baby has. It hit... Read More

May 20, 2015 2 Comments

Thoughts on the Holocaust

Holocaust memorial day was yesterday. It is a day that most people don’t even know about. Holocaust day is nothing like Halloween or Valentine’s day where the stores display shelves upon shelves with paraphernalia, gifts and other stuff that bring us into a festive mode. Never have I seen a... Read More

January 28, 2015 Leave your thoughts

How chipmunks taught me about justice

I went to the IMAX theater with Kristin and we watched a movie about a chipmunk trying to survive in a world where most of the creatures were bigger and more dangerous. The chipmunk diligently collected acorns for the winter. He stored it in his little home and as the... Read More

January 22, 2015 1 Comment

Feeling as insignificant as fly poop

I was sitting in a office belonging to the biggest corporation in Norway. In front of me, across a big table were two well-dressed men. Everything about them matched. Their shoes, their suits, the color of their shirts, the hairdos and even their fingernails were statements of perfection, class and... Read More

January 14, 2015 4 Comments

Helping others to help myself. Self care

Once, some years ago, my daughter, Elise, who has always been wise beyond her years, asked this: I have some money I would like to give the refugees, but the reason I want to give it is so that people will think highly of me. If that is my motive,... Read More

November 4, 2014 5 Comments