Pictures from Portland, Oregon

A hundred years ago, some of my husband’s relatives immigrated to the United States of America. Some of them came to live in Oregon. This summer of 2019, we met with his third cousin, who lives there as a winemaker.  We felt at home wherever we went, and the knowledge of many Scandinavian people had had an impact on both […]

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Our Flag Dannebrog

Not long ago, on June 15, we have a special day for our flag. It’s said that we got it from heaven during a battle in Lyndanis Estonia on that date 500 years ago in 1219. Like the Crusaders, our army tried to Christen the area. The Dannebrog is the world’s oldest flag. Unfortunately, not much was celebrated on the event. Denmark […]

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Scandinavian Life in the 1950s

Every year I take part in a Half Marathon in Gothenburg in Sweden which gives the opportunity to see something new. Kortedala is a suburb of Gothenburg in Sweden. There you find the Kortedala Museum which is a flat in a compartment building created in the 1950s with everything needed at the time: Shops, parks and playgrounds. After some years […]

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Channel Island National Park

Continuation of impressions from Ventura Southern California Links to the other posts on this holiday From the coast where we stayed in Oxnard, we could see the contours of The Channel Island. At the harbour of Ventura, there is a Channel Center Visitor Center. If you can’t go to the desolate and exotic islands, the Visitor Center is a fine substitute. At […]

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Deleting History

Quote from my blogger friend Paul Soren.   Please go to the post via the link above While I’m talking about commemorating things I want to refer to the growing debate about memorials to past historical events that some people want to pull down. I’m not in the business of re-writing history to suit current sensibilities. I know that someone’s hero […]

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George Whitfield

Few remember George Whitfield (1714-1770) but the expression “One Nation Under God” is his quote as he, as a young British preacher and missionary travelled from England to America in the 1740s. At the time sea travel across the Atlantic ocean was a long and dangerous trip in small boats. He wished to unite the new colonies and a huge […]

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