You see I know you by name You know I don't always have control. There's something I can't shake You know, it's you. I can make it, you can break it. Just wait, til I'm livin my best life. You chase me like a demon in my dreams (or am I in a nightmare). I... Continue Reading →
On the morning of May 29th at around 3:00 am, I woke up to sunshine peering through my window at the Fossekallen cabin at Norwegian Wild/Camp Tranøybotn, adjacent to Anderdalen National Park. Like a few days before that, I was wide awake. At least for a little bit. I decided I would sleep in a... Continue Reading →
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to the body and soul. ~John Muir
A few weeks ago I got to interview Paul Penn, a poet and an entreprenuer. We were able to talk about life in general for at least an hour before we really got into the interview, which I really enjoyed. It's rare nowadays to just talk to people, we are so distracted by our phones,... Continue Reading →
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~Winston Churchill Have a wonderful Labor Day!
Don't forget you have a quiet strength deep inside you. Capture it. Live it. Fight. Don't forget you have to be courageous: Speak up don't stay silent Be brave Fight. Sorry I haven't posted much poetry lately. I think it has in part because I am still entralled by the stunning landscapes of Norway and... Continue Reading →
After my friendly welcome to Senja, I spent the majority of time alone. Alone in thought. Alone hiking the mountains. Alone in my rental car, driving around the island. Alone listening to P5 Hits, a Norwegian radio station that plays the current national and international music hits. For many of us, the thought of being... Continue Reading →
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep it secret, keep it safe. Gandalf in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring There's a part of me that likes keeping things under wraps, to not share everything on social media. (Does this count, then? hmmm). I know it sounds counterintuitive, but I shared a hint on what I am working... Continue Reading →
Stars: Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Annette Bening, Antonio Bandaras, Chris Screenplay: Zoe Kazan Director(s): Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris Rating: 4/5 There's something about movies that have great situational irony that I seem to love. As much as I have begun to dislike the typical rom-com movie (an American specialty, it seems), this movie is not... Continue Reading →
If we're destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there's got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute... Continue Reading →
It is a kind of nowhere, famous for nothing at all and has an appeal because of just that. Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
I woke up early in the morning on May 26th, refreshed from a relatively good night's sleep in my cabin Fosskallen. It was quiet. All I could hear was a nearby waterfall. Outside the window, all I could see was a long harbor (Langhamn) framed by a small treeline and the ebb and flows of... Continue Reading →
"The earth has music for those who listen." I read this caption a photo from that region over two years ago. That is when I knew I needed to add Senja to my bucket list. Indeed, if you listen to the winds and the ocean waves, then there is music all around you; if you... Continue Reading →
wandering away my fears took me so far from where i wanted to be. This excerpt comes from page 209 from Christopher McGeown's new book: the man on the moon. It is one of many poems I personally connected with. Because fear can be a driving force in ones life. I know it has been... Continue Reading →
ie, what I didn't get a chance to see or do in Oslo. Barcode Oslo With the Oslo Opera House nearby this neighborhood, I don't know how I forgot to visit this place. Either way, the next time I visit Oslo I would be sure to visit the neighborhood for its unique architectural design. https://www.instagram.com/p/BkkUmDflFFo/?tagged=barcodeoslo... Continue Reading →
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Driving down the country roads in Troms County in Norway was incredible and captivating. Small fishing villages dot the coastlines; it's a picturesque landscape. Undoubtedly quiet. Who wouldn't want to listen to some John Denver on these roads?
"Bye bye rocks," Lilia chimed in. We had stopped at a lookout near a bridge in Lohja after visiting the Paavolan Tammi there. The Paavalon Tammi was the reason why we drove an hour and a half outside of Helsinki, but the presence of mosquitos and other pesky bugs made the trip anti-climatic to both... Continue Reading →
We try our hardest to make it in this world, when all we really need is to create our own and live the life we have always dreamed. Sometimes our roads are met with obstacles, a bridge burned or a trail lost, and roadblocks before crossing, a bridge home.
A couple of months ago, I got to interview my friend and published poet Chris McGeown. We spoke about his writing, his inspirations and motivations, and about his most current project: The Man on the Moon. His new book, The Man on the Moon, was published on May 16, 2018. His first poetry collection, Dead of Night,... Continue Reading →
In Oslo, I visited a couple of upscale cosy restaurants that either served traditional Norwegian cuisine or had a distinctive menu suggested by the Oslo Pass. Perhaps I should have ventured outside of my comfort zone, but since I spent a week in the capital my first choice was to find some place familiar. In... Continue Reading →
I spent three weeks in Scandinavia, Norway and Finland to be specific. I had chosen my destination points wisely, visiting the metropolitan hubs of Oslo, Helsinki, and, in Northern Norway, Tromsø. I thought spending five days would be enough to explore the island of Senja, but based on my experience, it's not. However, without a... Continue Reading →
I don't think I got nearly enough time to discover the hidden gems of Norway's capital city of Oslo. I had decided to buy a three-day Oslo Pass to ensure I would find something to do each and every day between May 18th and 20th. I had even created a basic itinerary of my trip... Continue Reading →
The second half of the day I connected with an Instagram friend of mine Ursula, @ursula_uriate, at a local Joe and the Juice where we met up with Julia and Nicole. Ursula and Nicole had already met up and were waiting at the location nestled across from the Oslo Concert Hall and an Ett Bord.... Continue Reading →
I have only been seriously blogging for about two to three months, though I prematurely started this blog last September in preparation for my recent trip to Norway and Finland I took. More to come on my solo traveling adventure, I promise. So it is an honor to be part of a group of bloggers... Continue Reading →
Hey everyone, This past Tuesday I got back from my three week vacation to Norway and Finland. And they did not disappoint. Especially Northern Norway. I don't want to spill too much of the beans (so to speak), because I got hundreds of photos and multiple stories to tell from my 21-day adventure. Cheers, Elizabeth
Mary Oliver on the process of writing poetry.
I’ve built my cathedral in the sky, there my dreams surely reside. There’s no time to tear it down, to tear away the bricks and mortar of stories Left untold, unfolding in the decaying walls. I’ve built my castle in the sand, there my hopes surely reside. These are the places my heart wander to... Continue Reading →
Mary Oliver on poetry
I arrived in Norway around 6:00 pm on May 16th. I was tired from all the traveling, having watched two episodes of Valkyrien with Sven Nordin and Pål Sverre Hagen before somewhat dozing off on the five-hour flight to London. In London, I had an additional six hour wait for my connecting flight to Oslo.... Continue Reading →
We can't choose where we come from, but we can chooe where we go from there. ~Stephen Chbosky In honor of beginning a travel journey to Norway this week, I want to share this quote. It appeared on a 365-Day travel calendar inspired by this book that I have it posted on a wall in... Continue Reading →
A poem on being forgotten,:those who are left out or invisible. A poem in three parts.
Mary Oliver on poetry as a way of life
Somewhere there is a bridge that connects my heart to yours.
Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. ~Hans Christian Andersen
She plays on your fears she hides from the sun she thrives on your doubts she cannot be undone Give her time and she will make you crack Give her time and you can never look back It's never easy living with her It's never a comfort, just run fast. She follows you wherever you... Continue Reading →
For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
How to begin my first post on the environment? It's been nearly seven years since I completed my BA in environmental studies, yet I feel like I haven't contributed to making this world a better, healthier place to live. I've debated going back to school to obtain a Master's degree in environmental policy in a... Continue Reading →
Looking back nearly two decades ago to my childhood, these movies rank as my favorites. I see a pattern in my entertainment tastes, whether it's a movie or tv show or recording artists. That is I am a fan of the underrated. (As a side note, you will discover that my desire to and appreciation... Continue Reading →
Live the life you've dreamed. Henry David Thoreau
there are hundreds of ways solitude speaks to me and to you. some are as simple as searching the skies and finding that peace alone while other times silence answers your questions, where you find it chasing away your constant fear and anxiety. Then you know that you only have to find one way to... Continue Reading →
To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there. Kofi Annan A few years ago I read Interventions: A Life in War and Peace by Kofi Annan, after buying the book in... Continue Reading →