“I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.” ― George R.R. Martin Art by Edvard Munch, History (This is a replica of a post by author Susan Cain over on LinkedIn. Unfortunately I can’t link to it […]
Thank you, Gary Larson
Today is a good day to reach out to someone affected by #dementia
From a public art exhibition in Oslo in 2011, the year after the bombing and mass shooting that killed 77 people, most of them youth leaders of Norway’s Labor Party. As an additional act of resistance, the perpetrator shall remain unnamed.
Proposal for the USA: If it is hard for many Americans to wear a mask that primarily protects others… might it make sense for the US government to order enough N-95s to be made in the country, let every American be fit tested, and be given a few reusable masks each? Let Americans go to […]
Johan Bävman’s pictures of Swedish fathers are currently on exhibit at the National Nordic museum in Seattle. Today, I participated in an annotated virtual exhibition, as it were, though the museum is open, with timed, pre-scheduled visits for pandemic prevention purposes, and I may go in person as well. I found the pictures very moving, […]
As fear rises at developments in our world, this seems like a good time to remind ourselves of Hanlon’s razor: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by ignorance. Love is the only power that can transform this world into what we long for it to be.
I got a late start as I walked out onto the Dungeness Spit, so rather than try for the 9 mile hike to the lighthouse and back, I wandered slowly, looking mostly at the water, remembering my recent insight that the oceans don’t separate me in the Pacific Northwest from my family in Northern Europe […]
On Tuesday, October 26th we held a dedication of the Reflection Room at Swedish/Edmonds, where I work as hospital chaplain. It has been a two-year process to get the room built, decorated and dedicated as “A place to worship, reflect, meditate, pray, seek, or just be.” I could write page after page about everything that’s in […]
A few years ago I was back in Norway at a national conference on separating state and church – Norway’s constitution declares the Lutheran faith to be the state’s religion. I entered the conference hall very clear in my own Quaker mind that the ties between state and church had to be severed. The conference hall was filled with representatives of […]