Swedish American blogs about design, decor, life and family with a slant towards Nordic Style and customs.
Here's a lovely picture to calm and center your day. I have been feeling very harried lately with the move, enormous mounds of homework, house fixing, looking for work, preparing for guests, and getting ready for Halloween! This is fun work, I enjoy the DIY, and I can't wait to unveil our costumes, but somehow I can't focus enough on one thing to enjoy it. Peace. Breathe. Live la vida lagom. Ah yes, my mantra. Somehow looking at the lovely picture (and unlocking my jaw) works.
Have a Happy Halloween, and may you get your costumes done in time. "Breathe deep the gathering gloom" seems appropriate given the season, by the Moody Blues. (Don't worry the picture is racier than the rest of the video.)
Closing results: Salvador Sobral from Portugal won with "Amar pelos dois", Bulgaria came in second and Moldovia came in third. Sweden was 5th place. I think personally that there was a voters back-lash against the heavily produced dance songs. Portugal's song was a very laid-back, Bossa-Nova inspired and emotional piece. In his acceptance speech Sobral said: “We live in a world of disposable music; fast food music without any content. I think this could be a victory for music with people who make music that actually means something,” he announced. Hmm, sore loser? Robin Bengtsson thought so saying “Congrats on your victory, I really like your song and the way you sing it, but I think your speech after winning the ESC was below the level of a true winner. ‘Fast food’ pop music can be the best thing in the world at the right place and time, so can a song beautiful as yours. There is room for everyone.“ Oh, strong words from a Swede! ;)
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There was a love manifestation today in Stockholm with tens of thousands of people, and at 2;53 pm they held a silent minute. How strange that right around that time I was thinking of John Lennon's song "Imagine" and that message it portrays of loving and not hating. Look at this picture. People gave flowers to the police, and everyone held in their hearts a feeling of love towards one another and the four deceased who were killed on Friday by the deranged truck driver. I can imagine that it was very powerful to be there, just like the song. 💗
Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace, you
You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions I wonder if …
There are several breaking stories in my homeland, and my friends are involved in both! First there is a massive movement to let young refugees without papers stay in Sweden. Due to the molasses-like movement of the state many children have been there for so many years that they have learned the Swedish language and assimilated into the country. Now, they are being forcibly removed and sent to war torn countries like Afghanistan. Would YOU want to go if you were them? Hell no! One of my friends is part of the effort in Stockholm to stop that from happening and others across the country are trying to find homes for them. Wish I was there to help. I have been following it and I'm impressed by the group's commitment and PR savvy. Just doing my best to help from here by spreading the news. #låtdeungastanna. facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vistarinteut/
Another important issue that is being taken up just this week concerns the #metoo movement. Despite Sweden's repu…