Monthly Archives: November 2016

Observing Sweden – Labor

Taken from:  The Local(news@thelocal.se) Photo by John Boyer Sweden has worst skills gap in global survey Published on: 18 Oct 2016 11:48 CET   Sweden has overtaken the United States as the country most in need of skilled workers, a … Continue reading

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The Bitch From Borlänge – Chapter 8

The Bitch From Borlänge By Ellie of Cameron & Smoothy Chapter 8  Smoothy: Where was I? On the sidewalk in Rosengaard with Willie The Rat. We’d just found a copy of Aftonbladet and he read a semi accurate piece about … Continue reading

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Old Age Again — Part 1

Old Age Again  — Part 1 It’s not a man cave. ‘Study’ sounds pretentious for a stairway leading up from the garage. The Crow’s Nest. I’ve been doing repairs these last weeks. A fifty year old lamp I like that … Continue reading

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What should we do? – Paris Review

What should we do? The answer seems clear. We should wake up. Let this election of Donald Trump call forth a great awakening. Specifically, I call on people like me—soft white liberal upper-middle-class college types—to get off their asses, our … Continue reading

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The Bitch From Borlänge – An Apology

The Bitch From Borlänge – An Apology Postcard from Ellie: I’m so sorry there has been a pause in our story. We’ve had our first snow here in Sweden and I’ve been busy tracking the wild moose and also mountain … Continue reading

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Talking During the Commercials – by Hal Sirowitz

    Taken From Writer’s Almanac Talking During the Commercials by Hal Sirowitz   It seems like the commercials are getting longer, Father said, & the shows are getting shorter. This is the fourth one in a row. Don’t they … Continue reading

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The things You Can’t depend On

The things You Can’t depend On: Good as gold I’ve been watching gold . . . for the last 30 years—longer than that. My first awareness of gold was in a silversmithing class I took in college. Students could by … Continue reading

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Observing America – From Sweden

  Thoughts in Passing —Two Days After The Election Swedish News The Day Before Election (A nightmare, or the first woman?) Seems to me we’ve had a bloodless, blue-collar revolution. No guns fired. A large number of angry people of … Continue reading

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Observing Sweden – Winter 2016

Winter came early  to Sweden this year. Frank Frazetta – 1972

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Poem by Billy Collins

Fell in love with this one posted in Writer’s Almanac today. Billy Collins 1960 by Billy Collins In the old joke, the marriage counselor tells the couple who never talks anymore to go to a jazz club because at a … Continue reading

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