Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 1933-2020
I am obsessed with a photo of a young Lucy Knisley. So I had to sketch it in my journal. I am, by my superficial definition, an ugly person. “I … Continue reading I am obsessed with a photo of a young Lucy Knisley. So I had to sketch it.
One year ago, my daughter proposed a project. I am so happy I agreed. It was a powerful and transformative experience. Familiar is a short documentary about my Swedish mother, Karin … Continue reading “Familiar” – a documentary short by Anna Thorsen
I had MANY strange dreams last night but one really strange one had me entering a suburban house in the midwest and walking upstairs and seeing my mom desperately vacuuming … Continue reading Covidian Dream Play
These two women- my great aunt Helga, and my aunt Siv, had the most compassionate impact on my life. Helga- she taught me to follow my heart- MY HEART. Mine. … Continue reading For my aunt Siv
Dear Camille, Today is your birthday. I open my journal to share something with you. We met in dance class at university in 1983. We found our way to each … Continue reading Dear Camille, I regret…
“Anne’s reliance on her books for mental well-being and personal happiness was clear – ‘What is there like gaining knowledge?’ she once said. ‘All else here below is indeed but … Continue reading I am happy among my books – I am not happy without them. – Anne Lister
As a child, I desperately searched for characters in books that aligned with my anxious outward ways and my happy reclusive interior. Charlie Brown came close, but he was always … Continue reading There is one moment in Pippi Longstocking that nailed it for me…
Decades are significant. 60 years ago my mother became a mother. 50 years ago we moved to Canada from Sweden. 50 years ago, my mother started to write letters home to … Continue reading 60 years ago my mother became a mother. (Karin Kristina Orwald 1936 – 2008)
“If You Forget Me” I want you to know one thing. You know how this is: if I look at the crystal moon, at the red branch of the slow … Continue reading Mamma- a portrait.
I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return. – Frida Kahlo Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away. – … Continue reading Frida Kahlo, Muere el 13 de Julio de 1954
Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe — Previous posts: Package of letters to Sweden A letter home. November … Continue reading The third letter home. November 18, 1968