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The Mind Set

This is a piece of writing to honor the latest school victims that fell to bullets from a gun in the wrong hands. It is a piece about the mind set of a society. It is a piece about immigration. It is a piece about my own journey and mind set. Growing up in Denmark, spending my childhood and youth there, I became part of the cultural mind set. A society of the Common Good. Look out for each other which also means that you care deeply about what others… Read more The Mind Set

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

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?

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