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Real Life Tooth Fairy

Marcus had a loose tooth — his very first — for many days, and it stubbornly refused to come loose. It was about then when we heard about the tooth fairy on the island. The tooth fairy, who’s really an old man, Read more

Thanksgiving Inside a Norwegian Storm

Norwegians name their storms every year just like the storms in the southern Atlantic: using first names starting with one that begins with letter “A”. The last two days, storm Berit hit. Read more

Beta Testers Needed for My iPhone App

In a previous post, I wrote that I had been spending about a third of my free time writing an iPhone app. Actually, I’ve been a little obsessed by it. Most of my evening time after the kids go to sleep has been sunk into the depth of Objective C and iPhone. I’m happy to report that it is now ready for beta testing. Read more

Food Shopping

Sure, there is a lot of fish on Rødøy. Even if I can’t catch any myself, we can always buy fish from Steinar for cheap. But we can’t live on fish alone. Scurvy is a nasty disease. Your teeth fall out. Before we came to the island, we knew there was a general store, but we expected its selection to be very limited. We were especially worried about getting fresh fruits and vegetables. Read more

Christmas Fair

Today we went to the Rødøy Christmas Fair. The most striking thing about it is how similar it is to the Scandinavian Fair in Boston, or Chicago. Food is sold cafeteria style: traditional dishes, coffee, and cake. And tables of handicraft for sale, half of which are hand-knitted woolen stuff: gloves, hats, sweaters, etc. Between eating and shopping, people mingle and kids dart around. The finale is the raffle drawing. Read more

5 Best Cod Recipes

I’m sick of cod. Nine out of ten fish I catch is cod. I’ve paid modest amounts for monkfish, halibut, ling-cod, rock fish, and crab, but I have not, and will never pay for cod, because I can pretty much guarantee that on any given day, with enough time, I can catch enough cod on my own.

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Psychedelic Morning Skies of Autumn

The days are rapidly getting shorter: everyday I notice the daylight lost. Now, the sun doesn’t rise above the mountains on mainland until almost 10 AM. It becomes pitch dark shortly after 4 PM.

The darkness and rain wear on you. But one bright spot is the morning sky. Read more

Downtown Rødøy

A friend of ours in New York City wanted to come and visit us next summer. Because she needed to use airline miles that were expiring, I spent some time a few days ago talking her through travel, logistics, and the environment here. I don’t remember in what context, but she at one point used the phrase “downtown Rødøy”, which was a good laugh. Read more