A Year in the North Cape

It’s official.  We’ve lived one year in the North Cape of Norway… one year and two weeks to be exact.  We’ve experienced polar nights and the midnight sun.  Northern lights, reindeer munching shrubs in our yard, and gale force winds that scare the you-know-what out of me (Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wind). I’veContinue reading “A Year in the North Cape”

An American Speaking Norwegian with an American Accent

They say that the best way to master a language is when one is a child.  Then all the vowel sounds and intonations develop naturally.  My kids get a free ticket to Bilingual Land.  They will speak “American” American and “Norwegian” Norwegian.  Unlike their mother who speaks Norwegian with an American accent. I’ve practiced pronouncingContinue reading “An American Speaking Norwegian with an American Accent”

25 Down, 25 Plus to Go!

I recently started renting a storefront for my upcoming gallery, located on my favorite street in Honningsvåg, Sjøgata (Seaside Drive).  (To see some pictures of it in the daylight, you can check out From the Potato State to the Edge of the Sea.)  Here’s a the view just down the street from my front door beforeContinue reading “25 Down, 25 Plus to Go!”

Don’t Run with Scissors or Flaming Torches

This past Saturday our family got to participate in our first “Nissetog” (Santa Parade) in Honningsvåg.  The event was sponsored by the Children’s Trekking Association (part of the Norwegian Trekking Association.  All ages were invited to participate in the walk that lead from the City Hall down to the harbor.  The more santa hats, the merrier.Continue reading “Don’t Run with Scissors or Flaming Torches”

Before, After and Before….

If you read Giving the Gift of Time, then you saw some pictures of how my gallery looked before we started painting it.  I said it before and I’ll say it again – A Diamond in the Rough! When I counted all the colors in the room, the total was eight!  Yikes!  Now it’s down toContinue reading “Before, After and Before….”

I Believe the Children Are Our Future

Looking out the window of my art studio each day, I watch fishermen anchor their boats at the pier while seagulls glide through the air and perch on the neighboring boat houses.  Gazing to the left of my office, I can see a statue, called “Vind” (Wind) which was erected in September of this year.Continue reading “I Believe the Children Are Our Future”

Who Knew the Greek God of Wind Resides in Honningsvåg?

In downtown Honningsvåg, between the lone round-a-bout and the Coastal Express (Hurtigruten) pier, you’ll find a large, abstract sculpture that resembles an anchor.  At least that’s what came to mind the first time I saw it. It was created by the Norwegian sculptor, Erling Saadtvedt (1923-2000) and erected in 1971 with the help of fundingContinue reading “Who Knew the Greek God of Wind Resides in Honningsvåg?”

Ice Cream Man, Do you Know….

I remember sitting in a ring with my fellow grade schoolers, anxiously waiting my turn to fill in the blank in the “Ice Cream Man” song .  One classmate liked strawberry, another loved rainbow sherbert.  The freckled-faced boy next to me preferred chocolate.  And then it was my turn, “Ice cream man, do you know,Continue reading “Ice Cream Man, Do you Know….”