Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Having New Eyes - Sacre-Coeur

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. 

(The quote is by Marcel Proust, and the picture shows the Montmartre  hill in Paris with the Sacre-Coeur church)

Monday, September 7, 2015

Desemparats / Mother and Child /Maternité

I find this picture beautiful in a sad, melancholy way. It makes me think about all these refugees, with no idea of what the future might bring... 
It is made by Pablo Picasso in 1903, when he was only 22 years old, and it is called Desemparats, which means "helpless" in Catalan.   
It can be seen IRL in the in the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Øks, Danmark og Indisk Mat. (Book review in Norwegian)

Leste nettopp ut denne: Da Henrik Husten kom hjem av Bård Nannestad. Det er hans debutroman, utgitt i 2013.
Boken handler om en mann i 60-årene som bor alene med hunden. En dag dukker en barndomsvenn opp, en han ikke har sett på 40 år, og så, litt etter litt, rulles fortiden opp, samtidig med at nåtiden tar uventede veier. Stikkord: Øks, Danmark og indisk mat.
Jeg strevde litt de første sidene, men så hang jeg fast, og etter hvert kunne jeg knapt legge boka fra meg. Dette er en fin skildring av liv som ikke blir slik man har tenkt, om valg man tar og må leve med, om nye sjanser og muligheter. Anbefales!

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Allow yourself to do nothing.
Be unplugged.
Be completely non-productive,
at least for a while.
To be recommended.

Tillat deg å gjøre ingenting.
Koble helt fra.
Være fullstendig unyttig,
i hvert fall en stund.
Kan anbefales.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Off Screen Vacation with Kids, is it Possible?

 Yes, it's possible. It's totally possible, and I strongly recommend it. My kids (age 7 and 11)  just spent almost two weeks of summer holiday without any screen access at all. They didn't miss it, and neither did I.
No ipad, no smart phone, no laptop, no TV, no game console. This includes the two 4-hour flights, which was with an airline with no entertainment system and several 1-2-hour car rides. No blaring sound, annoying beeps or flickering images.

How did it go? You might ask. How did you manage? How were the flights? The mornings? The car rides? Did everybody survive? How is it possible to enjoy a vacation without the option of putting your kids in front of a screen?

Well, first of all, when you travel in a new country,  there are many things to discover. Sights to see, food to taste, language to learn, music to listen to, and like most travelers, we explored cities, restaurants, beaches, water... And whenever there was down-time, for instance in the plane, in the car, or in the rented house at night or in the mornings, the kids would read books, play old fashion games with dice or cards or make pictures with pencils on paper.
Yes, it is still possible.
It really is.
Pencils and paper.
They would typically wake up before the rest of us, and when I got out of bed, the living room was littered with books, drawings, crayons, paper planes, dice and playing cards.  And, at night they read in bed before going to sleep. Like kids used to in the old days. Like I still do.

It was only after the holidays it dawned upon me, this off-screen thing. It was not really planned. It just happened. Except for my daughter's camera, we didn't bring anything electronic for them. And they had lots of fun. There was never a "I'm bored" moment. Really, never!

And I think, by constantly having the option of being stuck in front of a screen,  we rob our kids of their creativity, their imagination, their ability to play, make believe and above else: To be in the moment. Kids are by nature curious and inventive. Let them be kids. Let them experience, use their senses and imagination, be hands-on and build habits that they will enjoy forever.

Try it! 

(I admit, the 16-year-old  did bring his smartphone, but we had no wi-fi access, so he ended up picking up a book too. :-))

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cat in Suitcase

Every time I pack suitcases, he does this, hoping I won't notice...

Hver gang jeg pakker kofferter, gjør han dette, i håp om at jeg ikke oppdager ham...