Giving the Gift of Time

I think that one of the best gifts we can receive is when someone unconditionally gives us the gift of their precious time – no strings attached.  In a world filled with “to-do” lists, activity after activity, and more text messages than actual conversations, quality time with one another is something that gets squeezed out.Continue reading “Giving the Gift of Time”

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?”

An Eyesore with History

Four!  Three !  Two! One!  Say good-bye to the sun!  Can you tell I have three kids in preschool?  Rhymes pop into my mind and spew out of my mouth uncontrollably.  It’s a bit of an alarming condition, but this little ditty is, in fact, true.  The last day we get a glimpse of theContinue reading “An Eyesore with History”

A Room with a View

In October I started renting a building down by the harbor.  I’m following my dream of opening a gallery and gift shop and this is the view from my studio window taken at three in the afternoon.  I couldn’t ask for a better place to work and be inspired.  And stay tuned for more infoContinue reading “A Room with a View”

Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wind?

Fall weather in the North Cape is a little unpredictable.  Yesterday and today, gale force winds have whipped against our walls, and blasted the windowpanes with sheets of rain.  I’m not used to these violent gusts that make the roof creak and  shake.  I cringe each time one of them comes rumbling up the hillContinue reading “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wind?”

Six Giggling Gals Experience 71º North

A little over four years ago, I went with my son to his three-month check up.  It was a group meeting, where mothers and their children met with a pediatric nurse.  I never imagined that those six other moms would become good friends and that one day they would visit me up in the NorthContinue reading “Six Giggling Gals Experience 71º North”

Whispers from the Past: A Hike to Kjelvik

Once upon a time, a little town called Kjelvik had the largest population on the island of Magerøya.  In fact, the entire municipality was named after it.  Kids played on the shore, fishermen sailed out to sea, and I imagine that the inhabitants never expected that their everyday lives would be violently disrupted. But WorldContinue reading “Whispers from the Past: A Hike to Kjelvik”