Remembering the train to Monaco
At Copenhagen Central Station trains left for exotic places like Paris, Moscow, Rome. I’d board a night train and tomorrow morning wake up somewhere in Germany. That was adventure. Worth remembering.
Half full or half empty? And does it matter?
The scene: A glass with water in it. The water is at the half-way mark. Which leads to a crucial question: Is the glass half empty? Or is it half full? Which could make all the difference.
Why reading fiction will make you healthier
Reading fiction — not just a guilty pleasure to sneak. It’s actually good for you. As in it has physical, mental and emotional health benefits and could make you live longer, while also enjoying life more.
Tall tale or real family history?
In the 1800s, many Swedes left the old country to seek their fortune or just a new, hopefully better, life in the big land across the ocean. One of my forefathers was among them. Or was he?
Why we need to talk more about politics and religion — not less
A friend commented: “When I go visit relatives, we don’t talk politics. That way we can all still stay friends.” Another friend declared: “Oh, I don’t discuss my faith. That’s personal.” Silence falls.
First day of class and I’m overwhelmed
When I was in college, the fall semester always started on a Wednesday in late August. New classes, long booklists, even longer syllabuses. Life shrinking rapidly.
Say what you mean and mean what you say
Communication can be difficult, even on a good day. Because we say ‘yes’ when we mean ‘no’ and the other way around. And sometimes, a word just doesn’t mean what you think it means.
I moved to a new country
The first time I arrived in Iowa City, Iowa, where I was moving from Sweden, I almost turned and ran. It was 2 am. I was fresh off a Greyhound bus. Right in front of me was a huge sign “Road Closed” and torn down buildings…