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It’s a cold, cold winter

We’ve had a crazy amount of snow in the past week, which is odd. This time of year is usually marked by the beginning of spring but we’re now having more snow that we’ve had all winter. It’s also pretty cold, with – 14 C° (6.8 F°) just the other day. When spring nears, itFortsätt läsa ”It’s a cold, cold winter”

A gray day in November

Wandering through the city of Borås in western Sweden. There is so much amazing public art here, these are just a fragment, but they’re two of my favourites.

Already October

Month of rain, wind and gray skies. Also month of breast cancer awareness. Johanna in Brunnsparken is wearing a pink ribbon to remind us. Learn more about breast cancer and its symptoms here.

Greek Deities in Gothenburg

Here’s a little fun fact: there are along the main avenue of the Swedish city of Gothenburg several representations of Hellenic Deities. But most famous is of course the fountain of Poseidon:

The Lady with the Handbag

‘With the Purse as a weapon’ is a public statue in Alingsås, Sweden. It represents Danuta Danielsson, a Jewish Polish woman who was photographed hitting a nazi punk with her handbag at a demonstration in Växjö in 1985. Her own mother had survived the horrors of a concentration camp and Danuta was furious to seeFortsätt läsa ”The Lady with the Handbag”

Frøya from Rebild: An Iron Age depiction of The Lady

This 1.05 meters (3.4 ft) tall, female figure carved in wood is believed to be one of the earliest depictions of the Norse Goddess. It was found in 1946, in a Danish bog where it is believed fertility rites were often performed to Frøy and Frøya (Freyr and Freya) during the Iron Age. There areFortsätt läsa ”Frøya from Rebild: An Iron Age depiction of The Lady”

A rainy Pride

Today was the first Pride parade in my city since the pandemic. Being fully vaccinated, I thought about joining but the group I had planned to go with were not present this year so I decided to watch from the sidewalk instead. It was a shorter parade compared to most other years. A lot ofFortsätt läsa ”A rainy Pride”

Dark days are ahead for Afghanistan’s religious minorities

If you’ve been following the news at all in the last week you have heard of the terrible thing that happened in Afghanistan: the Taliban have retaken control of the country. This means there will now be no rights for women and LGBTQ+ people and merciless persecution of religious minorities. Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, JewsFortsätt läsa ”Dark days are ahead for Afghanistan’s religious minorities”

Haikus about the runes: Madur, rune of humans

Man came from the GodsThe Goddesses birthed Madur,A gem in Midgård The m-rune is called ‘Madur’, meaning man (as in human beings in general, not just males). According to the traditional understanding in Norse religion, both the runes and humans were created by the Gods. One of the All-Father Odin’s many names is Gautr, whichFortsätt läsa ”Haikus about the runes: Madur, rune of humans”