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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?

Many Masks

Being human is complicated. And, being a human who writes adds a whole other layer of complexity to your existence. Unlike animals who live simple lives that inhabit a single identity, we humans must constantly shapeshift between myriad roles, sometimes changing who we are multiple times over the course of a single day. In any […] via On Being Human and a Writer Plus Shareworthy Reading and Writing Links — Live to Write – Write to Live

Depression

These days I feel depression. It happens here and there. Suddenly my mood drops. From one day to the next. Being fine one day I wake up the following morning and feel depressed. It’s weird. Because my situation hasn’t really changed. I still get up to write. I get up to take care of my cat. I get up to do some laundry. I get up to do some light cleaning. I get up to do grocery shopping. But my mood is different. I have lost purpose. I look for… Read more Depression

Safety is a Bad Word

What is safety? The dictionary tells us this: the condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury, or loss Naturally, we all want to be safe, feel safe, and act safe. Whether we attribute this desire to human nature as such or to cultured behavior. My question is this: What do we do to feel safe ourselves and what do we do to have other people feel safe, such as loved ones, friends, communities, peers, colleagues, etc.? I can only answer this as to how I feel: The… Read more Safety is a Bad Word

Nordic Nature

My Nordic Nature won’t leave me. I know, I know. I trust you. I believe you want to do good. Let’s do this together. Our goal is for the common good. Mantras I grew up with. They stuck. Being sincere. Being respectful. Without greed. Without power. I’m still here. In that frame of mind. Been hurt. Been pushed aside. Been misunderstood. But still, my nature won’t change. I call it Nordic. It’s a word. A trendy word. It covers the Northern countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. I… Read more Nordic Nature

Leaving and Embracing Culture

I left my country and my culture to embrace a new country and a new culture. First, the language is different and with the language, the mannerisms, the expressions, and the impressions. Second, the food is different and with the food, the expectations. Third, the drinks are different and with the drinks, the constitutions. I’m talking about people and their everyday living, talking, eating and drinking. Survival stuff. What we do everyday is talk, eat, and drink. And what we do at special occasions is talk, eat, and drink. And… Read more Leaving and Embracing Culture