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Launching New Website

Today I am launching my new website NordicLike Because I grew up in Denmark, because I studied Scandinavian Languages and Literature at UC Berkeley (BA) and at UW (MA), because I’m a hybrid of two cultures, because I love to write, because I love to educate, and because the Nordic Way is my way, I now have a platform where my knowledge, my research, and my passion for all Nordic can take form. I will delve into history, culture, and climate to present the Nordic Way. Like some people are anglophiles or francophiles, perhaps… Read more Launching New Website

The American Dream

My father loved Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, and the American Dream. Crossing the Atlantic in the early 1950’s from Denmark to North Carolina, he soon wrote to his sweetheart back home to come over to God’s own country and get married. A year later I was born. The American Dream took hold. But not so fast. My mother didn’t like it. She missed the old country. And they went back. There, I grew up with American cars, 50’s and 60’s style. I listened to Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, and the… Read more The American Dream

Small Town Living

I live in a small town. I live and work here. My husband lives and works here. We bike to work. We walk to town. We seldom leave but when we do we take our one car. Perhaps to visit my mother or brother 3 hours away or perhaps to visit our daughter 2 plane hours away. Our sons are further away: 6 hours by plane, so we go once a year. We are privileged but not rich. Not like the people who have second homes in the hills. We… Read more Small Town Living

Being Danish, Being Happy?

Once again, Denmark took the top spot on the United Nation’s World Happiness Report. Here is why: Why Danes are happy I grew up in Denmark, went to school through 12th grade, and Danish is my first language. I have lived in the U.S. for almost 35 years, so topping my 25 years in Europe. I am a wealth of information and experiences on the two cultures. If I could I would choose a culture with both American and Danish ingredients. My American ingredients: A freedom to be me. To dress… Read more Being Danish, Being Happy?