Tag Archive: Kachin people

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

I don’t have much to say today

As the world is getting dark and the house is quiet except from the sound of my key board, I feel like this has been one of these days that I most likely won’t remember for long. Nothing out of the ordinary happened today. (Except the fact that my husband... Read More

September 5, 2014 Leave your thoughts

New life in many forms

New life is a miracle every time. If you Google new life, you will, in less than a second, get six billion five hundred thousand sites. I am serious. Try it! That is almost one new life for every citizen in the world on Google. Not surprisingly, most sites are... Read More

May 21, 2014 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

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

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

Playing it fair, or remaining a bully

Having had kids for a while, I have learned some things. One of them is that you have to play fair. There are rules to all games, and if somebody breaks them, he or she cannot be trusted. And kids don’t want to play with the ones who don’t play... Read More

August 28, 2012 2 Comments

Mothers carry the world

As we celebrate Mother’s Day in many parts of the world today, our thoughts and prayers turn to the thousands of moms who have been displaced from their homes in Burma, struggling to care for their babes every day in IDP and refugee camps. We honor these moms and say... Read More

May 13, 2012 Leave your thoughts

Thoughts around scones

Today I got up, made some scones for my family (I had forgotten to buy bread yesterday, and in this country one does not eat breakfast if one has no bread.) So I made if from flour I had in my shelves, some dark and some white. I put it... Read More

May 11, 2012 Leave your thoughts

How do you rate your happiness?

Some weeks ago, while I was in Rangoon, Burma, I had dinner with two people from Kachin State. While feasting on yummy Kachin food, the lady, Grace, talked about her dreams and fears for the future.  She has grown up in one of the world’s poorest, and most oppressed nations.... Read More

May 10, 2012 2 Comments

To be rekindled and to rekindle

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer said that, and I recently read it on a blog I frequently read,... Read More

April 14, 2012 1 Comment

To be brave like chicken droppings

I have been thinking about what courage is. I want to be a courageous woman, but so often I am not. I am brave, but I am chicken shit, like Alanis Morisette says in her song Hand in my pocket. Around my neck I carry a simple silver necklace that... Read More

April 5, 2012 Leave your thoughts