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The current situation


This summer has given me much food for thought. Mainly it was the heatwave, the drought and the forest fires that were beginning to strike too close to home, but also the hunters that have been shooting close to our cabin.
Also, the political situation is reason for concern. It seems to me that in just a few short years we’ve gone from circumstances resembling those shortly before the First World War to what’s more similar to the time just before the Second. (Even though Sweden was spared both wars in the end, by playing ’hedgehog’. ) Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying we’re heading for an actual world war or even a more limited conflict in Northern Europe. The enemy is most likely smarter than that. At least for now. But there are other serious crises we’re risking. Maybe even civil war. Again, I doubt this will happen in the next year or two, but there are plenty of other scenarios that could unfold that could have equally serious consequences. Foreign powers subverting our election. Acts of terrorism. Desinformation campaigns. Coordinated acts of sabotage against water supplies, electrical companies – maybe even hospitals.
Worst of all, the impending climate collapse. What can you do when forces far beyond your control are at work? Business as usual? That’s what most people here in Sweden want to play at. Barbecue in the countryside and start fires. Fly to Thailand and back again a couple of times. After all, everything is always someone else’s responsibility.
Xenophobia is rearing its ugly head again. Recently, a homeless Romanian man was brutally murdered by minor boys. And most people don’t even care.
I’m terrified of the future. At the moment mostly of the results of the election. Anything might happen.
When trouble comes looking for my family I hope we can find a safe place to hide.
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Body image

These days there’s much talk about body image. Women and young girls who dare to post photos of themselves looking different from the current ideal receive negative comments and even threats. As a reaction to all this we are now supposed to love our overweight and less than toned bodies.

Personally I couldn’t care less how other people choose to portray themselves. After all, it’s their lives. None of my business. Incidentally, it always seems to be females. Men seem to have no problem loving themselves without posing photos online or elsewhere. But that’s a different (though related) matter.

However, I reserve the right to hate my body, while still liking my personality. Being a good person doesn’t require having a perfect or attractive body. So yes, I kind of like myself but kind of hate my body. I’m not going to apologize for that.

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Trump: Immigration — Rantings From a Virtual Soapbox

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Please help this tiny neglected puppy

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC is looking for animal lovers who can donate to help a sweet puppy named Michael. No matter how much this little guy tries, he can’t stand,… More The post Tiny Neglected Puppy Is Too Weak to Stand or Walk – And His Time Is Running Out in a High-Kill Shelter (VIDEO) appeared…

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Mother’s Day

Today it’s Mother’s Day in Sweden. For a long time we didn’t really celebrate either Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, thinking it was merely a commercial event. However, in later years we have begun to celebrate even if just a little. Some chocolate, something nice for dinner etc. It also got me thinking about Mother’s Day. To me it’s almost exclusively associated with my own mother and to some extent my (maternal) grandmother. It’s been very difficult to learn to identify with being a Mother on Mother’s day. I don’t have any trouble being mom to my twins, but to think of me as someone who can be celebrated on Mother’s Day, has been really difficult. Oh, well, maybe I’ll find it easier in the future.