Summer is over, but we still have crochet

Why is it that Finland has to have such ghastly weather? There’s a chance that the three summer months (June, July, August) are nice and warm, but not this year. I mean please. Most of the year we live in cold darkness (with our warm hearts of course), but during the months with more light,…

Transit – 42 million stories

How does it feel to have to live outside your country, apart from your family and friends? Maybe in constant fear of violence? These questions came to mind when visiting the wonderful Nobel Peace Center in Oslo last weekend. I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it again: the Nobel Peace Center is my favorite…

Independence day

This time of year I usually spend a lot of time at home, reading, writing, listening, thinking and enjoying the relaxed and at the same time merciful darkness. We have very little daylight, just a few hours, and the darkness surrounds us day and night. That’s how I feel anyway, as I go to work…

Bring on the light

Wow. I have to admit I did not quite remember how dark November can get. Despite Movember and TedX Helsinki, my mood is going downhill. As regards energy levels, well, we’re pretty much scraping the bottom of the barrel already. It’s now 21 days until day and night are equally long and from then on, we’re…

Shine on you crazy diamond

My absolute favourite Pink Floyd Song is again topical in Finland. Shine on you crazy diamond. It’s autumn, November has officially begun, we’re slowly dragging ourselves towards winter. We walk in the darkness, it’s mostly cold and gray outside. The light that shines at 5pm, when it’s already completely dark, is not a diamond. Instead,…

Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life

I read an interesting article on whining. And how to stop whining. To start living the life you want to live. Indeed. We are so privileged in many ways. I wish more people in this world had the chance to not only think about their hopes and dreams, but work towards achieving them. Larry Winget…