Monday, 27 April 2009

World Poverty - The Real Pandemic

To be treathed worst than a swine
is more dangerous and world wide spread
than the Swine Influenza, You can be the next!

Critical Anna-Lyze
of Media News


Daily and balanced updates
of the Swine Influenza before it gets out to the news,
and turned upside down, and twisted. Presented in six
different languages. The latest update is in the upper
right corner of the WHO site.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Paddle will Work!?!

Canoeing in Bohuslän, Sweden
"The inland canoeing in Bohuslän is concentrated in the northern part of the province, a hilly and relatively barren area, crowned with the plateau of Kynnefjäll. The waterways usually follow the lakes along the rift-valleys of the landscape.

In the south, the river Nordre älv and its valley offer beautiful scenery. Beside flat water paddling inland, Bohuslän is probably more wellknown among sea-kayakers for the great archipelagos decorating the coast line. In the north, the stony shores consist of the characteristic red granite, while gneiss dominates the coastline southwards. The landscape reminds you of a bare mountain region.

We recommend a kayak for paddling on the west coast. You should have experience and patience, because in spite of the sheltering islands, there are many open straits and bays where you may have to wait for better weather before passing. During long trips of a week or more, you are likely to be delayed for some time because of heavy winds and sea.

The best seasons for sea-kayaking are late summer and early autumn, while the water temperature is still at a humane level and most of the pleasure-boats have left. There is also less risk of disturbing the bird- and animal life when you approach or land at the islands.

On the coast of Bohuslän the tide as a matter of fact is perceptable. It is not much - maybe a foot at spring tide. But note that this tide, when together with a strong west wind can make the water rise considerably. So you had better pull up your kayaks a good distance from the water if you are leaving them out of your sight."


or am I still sailing?


Saturday, 25 April 2009

An Inquiry of Kayak Sailing

Haj Everybody, I am Lost!

I am searching for information regarding putting a sail (a la Viking Era, or a spinnaker) on a kayak. I have not bought the kayak, yet, due to that I must learn how I can expand it into a sailing kayak. I have seen models that are built on the catamaran idea, but also on the Viking principles.

I have not found out how the mast (or pole) will be placed on such a little boat. I don't even know if there are kayaks for sale, with sail :-) I am quite interested in buying the kayak model; Prijon Seayak, there is a great space for my dog, as well as a rudder that keeps it on track, with my feet, when I am fishing.

I need information about if this model can be developed into a sailing kayak or if You have better suggestions and ideas. I am not in a hurry I prefer to wait and get the right gadgets or at least knowledge of how to go further on this matter. Any wise or otherwise thinking or information to share? Thank You very much, indeed for trying to help me!!!!

Wondering and Fishing for Knowledge,


Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Tribute to the Nature

We Swedes have a special relation to nature which we share with our Scandinavian neighbours. We tribute nature through special festivals nd we dance around Yule trees and Midsummer poles. Our spirits are sensitive for natures shifts and we become lyrical over the first flower. Many of us still bend to the ground and kiss it. In the Swedish constitution, we have The Right of Public Access, which probably is the most important reason why we stay in our country whatever happens. We still have the same procedures around natures shifts as we had long before the church came here with their calender.

In spring we celebrate the birth of nature, Walpurgis (Valborgsmäss), I think the video capture the soul very well, it is the Godness of Spring with the Finnish band Gjallarhorn. The narrative from their songs springs from Nordic mythology. "Gjallarhorn" is the goat horn you can see on the video. The celebration of natures birth is also a awakening of love and passion in our pretty melancholic souls. Spring is seeds of love and growth.

Me, myself move out to the Archipelago of the West Coast, Sweden, I will now live on a small island, even if I still go to work on the university. Getting back and forth will take about 5 hours, but I will live in the midst of the wilderness, I need this for my final process of writing, to be closer to our nature. I will still be around, now and then, but, not as much, as I have been until now. I will probably post some pictures of my surroundings ;-)



Monday, 20 April 2009

Stephen Hawking seriously ill

Our times Einstein, professor Stephen Hawking has today been hospitalized, and is very ill. He fascinates me, most people know him due to his explanations of that black holes are not empty, on the contrary there is lot of energy ... together with fellow researchers he tried to find the big explanation, an unified theory of relativism and time, that could explain it all.

I came across him because of my interest in "present time" and "presence" ... brb

I am back,

just to inform You, about that I have no more to say. There are now many bloggers out there posting the same news .. they master the English language better than me ...

visit my bloggfriends Laughingwolf and Quasar instead :-)

Stephen You have much more to accomplish, be well soon!

// AnnA

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Prejudice Vanished?!?

Some people shook their pretty head, some hold their hand in front of their mouth, yes, even in front of their eyes. Me, myself, sat silly with my mouth open, but full of anticipation.. ... then I spontaneously burst into tears.

Like a silent rain in Springtime, I cried. I cried for all of us, I cried for the human kind ... and all of this, because of this Talent Woman, and what took place in the waves around her performance, and long, long time after that! Hopefully, will this waves never end as they take their journey around our planet!

// Anna-Lys

Please, follow the link Talent Woman for the full story line.
Me, myself stumble upon this experience on the blog "Live Passionately".

(picture above found on Google, can't find is original creator)

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Logic by Play

Illustration: A.L. Fuhrman

"Pure Mathematics,

is in its way,
the Poetry of Logical Ideas"

(Albert Einstein)

This weekend I am re-reeding a tiny book (819 pp), an integrated approach to research in social and behavioural sciences (maths), and as always my thoughts went elsewhere. I can´t really understand why our kids must learn mathematics, by using numbers. How interesting it would be to use non counting logic, like poetry and art, meaning turning the process upside down. It probably would result in an understanding of logical thinking as well as an urge to get tools for using it, those tools would of course be numbers, because it would take to much space to write with words, sentences and so when communicating the logics.

If allowed kids, would first use play as a communicative tool to display their thoughts to others. When other kids unite in the play, the play will turn into a game, because they make up rules for the play, games follows logics or rules :-)

How much funnier it is to read this English book having this metaphor in my head. After every chapter I summarize into dramaturgy. Another win is that it besides the semantic memory and perceptual memory also falls into my episodic memory, which makes it much easier to remember and have access to. Knowledge, is like a fresh fruit, it rotten after a short while, but the logic behind getting the new knowledge is a game we need to play every time we meet something we don't understand.

In the Midst of Wondering by,


Friday, 17 April 2009

I am the chairman

“When Fortune calls, offer Her a Chair”
(Yiddish Proverb)

Have a lovely weak end ;-)


Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Back to the Roots

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it,
it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world
to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so,
they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it
whether they want to or not.”
(Georgia O'Keefe)

Iris, a flower that can grow almost anywhere, no matter the nutrition or quality of the land. The Iris is a beautiful and dramatic flower that has many different looks, and colours. Still they are the same family - The Irises.

The Iris has strong fibre and are very flexible. The fibre from the leaf can be used to make cordage (for making fishnet, ropes, strings etcetera). The roots was used in medicine for kidney problems and to get into a dizzy world. No, no I haven't used it!

I use an other root, everyday, it is from the same family, as the Iris, namely Ginger. I eat it fresh in my everyday salad bowl. In some cultures they use ginger root for torture, because it is very strong. But, me I don't use it in that part of my body, I eat it, and use it for healthy purposes.

Health, yes that is something lots of people all over the world are getting more less of. For example in my own country, Sweden, we have a huge problem with unemployment, actually the highest in Europe right now (we can't export any more).

If You can't control, anything else, stay healthy with the small things in life. Enjoy our nature and its richness, take a flower in Your hand, and watch it carefully, feel its softness. You can also take control over Your body, by healthier living and why not start with some martial arts (I do Shotokan karate), because loosing the sense of self-control, is to slowly, slowly loosing Yourself, the core roots of being a human.

Stay Strong, Healthy and Flexible!

(( Hugs ))


Blowin in The Wind?

How many blogs must a blogger walk down
Before you call him a blogger?

I have been searching for information about blogs, their existence, and how many we are today. Almost a mission impossible! I found that there are about 184 million started blogs, at another place I found 77 million, but nowhere I can find what they define as a blog. Maybe, that is the problem, that You can't count what is not categorized properly.

Is twitter, glitter and critter defined as blogging?
Is my blog, a blog per se, because I publish on blogspot?
Is it important at all what I am doing, as long as I do what i like to do? ;-)

The industry find the Blogosphere most interesting, they have conferences and expos for example Blog World Expo. I went also to Google Schoolar (only peer reviewed articles) to find out what the researchers think about the blogging phenomena.

Then I became very sleepy.

Good N8 ;-)

Saturday, 11 April 2009


Saturday, again - time for some cleaning up?
Satur is the Roman God for agriculture, and the only day of the week in the English language that are from the Roman mythology. In the Scandinavian languages this day and the name of it follows Viking rituals - namely "bath day" (lördag). When taking a quick survey into other cultures I find that modern Maori calls it "washing day" (rahoroi).

I wonder is it also a myth that my ancestors, the Vikings, did bath, at all? Or, did both Maori and Vikings refer to a "mental cleaning", a refreshing start for the new week to come? Is there actually a connection between the Roman God for Agriculture and the mental preparation for the next weeks hard work on the fields?

Wonderings by


Friday, 10 April 2009

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Egg(head) Time!

"Thinking is more interesting than Knowing,
but, less interesting than Looking"

Johann Wolfgang van Goethe 1749-1832

Happy Easter Holiday


Annika Östberg back in Sweden today

Annika Östberg is today back on Swedish mark,
after spending 28 years in Californian prison!

Annika moved to USA as a little preschool girl, her mother meet an American man. The couple experienced that the daughter was in the way of their new love. Annika had to move to his relatives. Unwanted and unloved, she did as most unseen kids, she went into a way of living that was bad for her. As expected, by 12 she got into youth prison. She escaped from youth prison at the age of 13, and lived as a prostitute for living, and to stand out in this situation she started to use heroin in the flower power era in San Francisco. At 15 she gave birth to a son! (He later died in a car accident 1985).

From childhood and on and on her life was field of tragedies and criminal acting out. It ended up with a scene where Annikas boyfriend shoot a policeman to death. They had stopped their car, and Annika went into the "ladies" in the woods, a police car stopped, and Annika went back to the car, the the boyfriend shoot the policeman. Annika got prison for life for "distracting" the policeman when she came back to the car. 28 years she has spent in American prison, fostering their police dogs. Today she arrived to Sweden, at Hinseberg Prison. One must be thankful that she did not get the electric chair for existing on this earth! To me she got into prison when her parents did not want her any more when she was 5-6 years old.

Welcome back - may You get peace in life in Sweden!

Priceless Prize

I am very happy to share with You that I, Anna-Lys, and Kirti are the joint winners of "Post of The Day" at Autorblog by the Australian journalist David Mcmahon. My post that was a winner was "Of course it hurts", and Kirtis "Wealhy". I am very honoured, and if I am right informed it is Arne in Norway that has nominated my post. Thank You! I hope that Karin Boye's poetry will be better recognised outside of Scandinavia. Thanks for bringing it further David!!!

Please visit Kirtis blog, and read her lovely tribute to her mom on her 60:th birthday and Davids to see more of the winners!

Monday, 6 April 2009

Child Abuse Awareness

I have been away from Blogoland during almost four months. I closed my former blog, but did occasionally visit my blogfriends now and then. I feel that I am strong enough to explain my somewhat strange behaviour. I have been cought in the midst of an ugly disfunctional closeby family. I have known them for years, but have been totally unware of what was going on behind the closed doors. In November 2008 I was told by the mother in that family that her husband hitted her badly several times each week, and that this have been ongoing for more than 15 years!

I have tried to help that family! In December I became aware of that even the children was badly abused! There I draw the line for softly helping, them out of this awful way of living. The girl moved to my home, and the whole picture was put on the table by this girl ... to make this long and heart-breaking story short:
The girl is placed on a secret place in a good well-functional family, and the father has been detained in custody for five weeks, while I myself have been threaten and stalked by his brothers etcetera, I had to flee from my home. It has been a tough time, as You can imagine.

But, it is worth it, even if we can only save one child, at a time, it maybe scare some presumptive abusers to not walk that road! The father has now got his dome; Due to child abuse probation with society service 75 hours (instead of jail time 6 months) and he must attain a treatment-program for criminals called One-to-One. I hope this family will function together in the future, but they all need treatment!

Sorry for my bad manners against all of You cyber-friends <3

April is the child abuse awareness month,
I hope it will make a change for our children!


Sunday, 5 April 2009

Of Course It Hurts

Of course it hurts when buds burst.
Otherwise why would spring hesitate?
Why would all our fervent longing
be bound in the frozen bitter haze?
The bud was the casing all winter.
What is this new thing, which consumes and bursts?
Of course it hurts when buds burst,
pain for that which grows
and for that which envelops.

Of course it is hard when drops fall.
Trembling with fear they hang heavy,
clammer on the branch, swell and slide -
the weight pulls them down, how they cling.
Hard to be uncertain, afraid and divided,
hard to feel the deep pulling and calling,
yet sit there and just quiver -
hard to want to stay and
to want to fall.

Then, at the point of agony and when all is beyond help,
the tree's buds burst as if in jubilation,
then, when fear no longer exists,
the branch's drops tumble in a shimmer,
forgetting that they were afraid of the new,
forgetting that they were fearful of the journey -
feeling for a second their greatest security,
resting in the trust
that creates the world.

Ja visst gör det ont när knoppar brister.
Varför skulle annars våren tveka?
Varför skulle all vår heta längtan
bindas i det frusna bitterbleka?
Höljet var ju knoppen hela vintern.
Vad är det för nytt, som tär och spränger?
Ja visst gör det ont när knoppar brister,
ont för det som växer
och det som stänger.Align Right

Ja nog är det svårt när droppar faller.
Skälvande av ängslan tungt de hänger,
klamrar sig vid kvisten, sväller, glider -
tyngden drar dem neråt, hur de klänger.
Svårt att vara oviss, rädd och delad,
svårt att känna djupet dra och kalla,
ändå sitta kvar och bara darra -
svårt att vilja stanna
och vilja falla.

Då, när det är värst och inget hjälper,
Brister som i jubel trädets knoppar.
Då, när ingen rädsla längre håller,
faller i ett glitter kvistens droppar
glömmer att de skrämdes av det nya
glömmer att de ängslades för färden -
känner en sekund sin största trygghet,
vilar i den tillit
som skapar världen.

Karin Boye 1935

Friday, 3 April 2009

Nature n' Pleasure

Me and my dog named Blackie was strolling in the forest, listening to the sound of spring. When we almost collide with a strange creature. I didn't have my camera with me, just a cellphone. But, here it is, the four (4!) eyed, eight (8!) legs ... creature.

Anyhow, the strange alien made me think of pleasure :-p

"Together as One" a music mashup by DJ Earworm

mashed up of;
U2- One
Beatles - Come Together
Diana Ross - Some Day We Will Be Together
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together

Have a lovely weekend!



Listening Post Contest

Enter for your chance to
Win 1 of 10 CDs

This Month's Featured CD:
Diana Krall
"Quiet Nights"

No purchase necessary. Skill testing question is required. Winners will be drawn for randomly following the contest deadline of noon, April 30th.

Listen to samples:
Quiet Nights
Walk On By
The Boy From Ipanema

Source: Nova Scotia News - The Chronicle

Ice cold skills is an advantage ;-)
Did You know that a kind of ice hockey game probably was invented in Nova Scotia, Canada where it raised from games that Europeans brought with them. Games that needed icy conditions, like hurling and shinty . Early painting shows a game called "shinney" played in Nova Scotia, it was like today's ice hockey, but without rules ;-)

The Contest

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Jail House Rock?!?

The first of April 2009 it is forbidden by law in Sweden to share music. Sweden will develop into a criminal country with approximately about 5 millions of criminals. We are now preparing our society by turning every childcare-centre from north to south into prisons, and within the next 2 weeks all pedagogues are trained to become prison deputy wardens. They are trained at Rikers Island by the New York City Department of Correction. We are today not sure how they will handle if the prisoners will sing together during prison time, most certain there will be some punishment if they share and sing together.

Sing prisoners, sing