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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Trolling around my News Feed on Facebook I read this tidbit of wisdom: Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it up. It’s true, isn’t it? We stress about giving our kids too much structure or not enough. We wonder…are we’re fostering our child’s latent talents, emotional intelligence and independence? If there’s one thing I’ve learned from raising kids in five different countries, (including my own), it’s… Read More

QUIZ TIME: The following menu is from where? Monday: Chicken in Sweet Chili and Organic White Fiber Pasta Tuesday: Mashed Potatoes and Sausages and/or Chorizo Wednesday: Lemon and Dill Oven-Baked Hoki Fillet with Boiled Potatoes Thursday: Potato and Leek Soup with Pancakes for Dessert Friday: Gratin au Pasta with Ham, Bacon and Chili A. The American Embassy Cafeteria. B. The hip new Organic Cafe in Stockholm. C. The menu I cooked for… Read More

I usually talk about living in Sweden. Today I’m going to talk about living with scoliosis. The word originates from the Greek, meaning “to bend.” It’s the medical term given to  the spine when it curves—either an S-curve or a C-curve. In my case, it’s an S. My vertebrae are compressed and rotated, so if I bent forward to touch my toes, you’d see the protruding bones of my ribs and shoulder… Read More

It’s not very often you get the chance to say, “Sorry, I can’t be there, I have to go meet the President of the United States.” But that is exactly what we said today. The kids skipped school and we all rode the train into Stockholm, to the Grand Hotel, where Barack Obama scheduled time to greet Embassy personal and their families during his two-day stopover in Sweden. Getting there was the… Read More

At No 4 Hamngatan, within Stockholm’s elite shopping district, is an unobtrusive entrance with a placard directing passersby to the Hawllyl House. I’d never gone in. Not until this past week when a friend organized a tour there, in English. Upon arriving, this is what I saw… …a palatial residence, hidden behind restaurants and shops, a forty room palace, built by Count and Countess Walther (Wilhelmina von Hallwyl), between 1893-98. She was… Read More