This man is part of my family. He stands proudly in his place on the window seal, together with photos of my husband and kids. He is by far the most prominent-looking of them all. He is all dressed up in his finest gear. But who is he? My grandmother told me that he was … Continue reading The Mystery Man Amongst Us
Reading letters from my great grandmother I slowly unveil her history and piece together the puzzle that is our familys' legacy
Going for what you want out of life is not always easy, but it all comes down to taking those first steps and overcoming your fears. Olga, is an example of that.
How do you explain the meaning of life to kids who grow up while the world around them is burning? How do you answer their worried questions about their future, when people are are dying from meaningless violence by the minute, all over the world. I'm asking, because I know I'm not alone thinking about … Continue reading What do You Tell Your Kids When the World is Burning?
A reflection on how getting to know your family history can make you feel more connected to your relatives and where you come from. I just received a book I ordered. It's a pretty old book - printed in 1921. I got a tip from a newly found relative that there was a story about … Continue reading Revisiting History
Are you one of those who can't get by if you don't get to go out running? What is it that makes you do it? I went out running the other day. No big deal for lots of people, perhaps, but for me it has been a process. Running used to be connected to mixed … Continue reading Running to keep calm
Why does family matter so much? I live in a very individualistic society. Sweden is off the charts when it comes to personal freedom and how little we actually take care of our own family (by that I mean relatives like parents, cousins, old folks...) We have built a welfare state, that makes us superflouos … Continue reading Family Matters
Have you ever thought you have to change something that you are doing? And then simply not done it because to keep on doing what you have always done felt much easier? Habits seem hard to change, but once we have overcome the first obstacles, I usually find it harder to go back to how … Continue reading Effortless change
I often think about how happy I am to have found peace to stay on for a longer period of time in Stockholm. It truly is an amazingly beautiful city. It's hard to believe this is the capital of Sweden. About 900 000 inhabitants live here, which makes it a small town compared to cities … Continue reading Winter silence
Berlin is ever changing. Last week I read that they've decided on building four new skyscrapers in the city. They were first planning for a hight of 150 metres, but now it seems they will make do with 130 metres 🙂 They're also tearing down old buildings around Hakescher Markt, where the area is becoming … Continue reading Reflections on Berlin