Sometimes when I sit at my desk and work, my mind floods with distant memories from my childhood landscape. It is hard to say what triggers it, as there are no direct connections between what I read, think and write and what my mind brings up to the surface. I have recently been working on…Read more The nature in me
For a while now I have struggled with a part of the culture here in this country – my adopted country, so to speak. For all the good-hearted, benevolent, hard-working and well-meaning people you find in America, and they do seem to be the large majority, there is a deeper vein of something very…Read more For vengeance is mine!
It is hard to live in the modern world without using banks; that is pretty much a given. We need them – or other financial institutions that offer banking services – for so many everyday tasks and activities; receiving payments, getting cash, paying bills, mortgages. Curious, then, how decidedly un-modern American banks are, how…Read more On the money
Our palates are obviously culturally biased, even in our day and age, with international food trends and true cosmopolitan dinner habits. Very broadly one can say that Americans like it sweet, South-East Asians like it spicy, and Norwegians want it salty. A quick look at classic American and Norwegians breakfast habits illustrates this well: Norwegians…Read more Favored flavors
The items we surround ourselves with are often so commonplace that we don’t tend to question or even think about how they got to be that way. A trend starts small, gains traction, and suddenly it has become the only choice, the only conceivable shape or form or way of doing something. Some trends…Read more Show me your doorknob…
It starts with a birth. Of course it does. In a dark barn in the springtime, around Easter, or Passover -- that time of year, time of births and rebirths, there is a ewe. It happens at night, like it most often does for humans, as if there is a greater openness in the universe…Read more Smoking lamb
One thing I want to make clear at the outset: I love American supermarkets! I especially love the fancier kind, with large seafood and fresh meat and cheese sections, local vegetables and 200 varieties of grains and nuts that you bag yourself, big containers of oils and vinegars that you fill on your own bottles,…Read more Where the Wild Things Are Not