Who is this Woman? Thoughts on Family History and Oppression of Women

She stares off to the right, her head turned in an attempt to hide the deformity. The jutting of her lip, the sad look on her face, these things tell me something. I think they do, anyway, But I still see it, past the the curve of her nose. The closed eye, silent and unseeing. … More Who is this Woman? Thoughts on Family History and Oppression of Women

With Roots In Norway: Fish and Farming in Western Wisconsin, a COVID-19 Reflection

I’ve been thinking a lot about my mother-in-law Ethel these days, wondering what she would make of the COVID-19 virus, the isolation, the uncertainty. She grew up on a farm in western Wisconsin. And she survived the flu epidemic of 1918, although her father caught it and lost all his hair while still in his … More With Roots In Norway: Fish and Farming in Western Wisconsin, a COVID-19 Reflection

In a State of Siege: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Days 19 & 20

The sense of impending doom hanging heavy on my mind lifted, but only slightly, as I started scrolling through the gorgeous photos. By the time I finished, the sight of those deep-blue Norwegian fjords, flanked by high mountains, their peaks frosty with snow, opened up something in me. But what? Hope. That someday, hopefully someday, … More In a State of Siege: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Days 19 & 20