What Makes a Swede?-A Swede? Allt för Sverige?

What steps or building blocks contribute to one’s Swedish framework, constitution, chosen lifestyle? What makes a Swede a Swede? Through sixteen years of research I have pursued the quest to discover how my Swedish Grandma Maja’s essence of guts, gumption, gritty framatånda and resilience was built into her character, personality traits, and lifestyle. At theContinue reading “What Makes a Swede?-A Swede? Allt för Sverige?”

Swedish Love Letters: Genealogy Tears and Years

In 2004 I found in a dusty attic, my Grandma Maja’s Sweden to America steamer trunk filled with buried treasures. Dozens of photos, artifacts, and more. What a happy shock. Maja and I were reunited as I tenderly examined each special piece of her lifetime memories she left behind. It had been over 30 yearsContinue reading “Swedish Love Letters: Genealogy Tears and Years”

Living Monuments to Ancestors as Tributes

The feeling to leave a tribute behind to honor my Swedish Grandmother Maja carried me through the ordeals of publishing a book. But, Why? How? “WE are the “living monuments” to our ancestors. Shirley Abbott once said, “We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics ofContinue reading “Living Monuments to Ancestors as Tributes”

Swedish Edge? Culture, Heritage, Tradition

I grew up believing that my very Swedish grandmother was invincible and slaying a dragon would be no big deal. Not that she spent one minute of our 21 years together trying in any way to convince me of her super powers. I somehow just knew she was like a knight, a powerful Viking SwedeContinue reading “Swedish Edge? Culture, Heritage, Tradition”

Grandma Maja’s Swedish Time Machine

My Grandma Maja, like so many Swedish grandparents might have secretly hoped to one day be remembered by her loved ones. Imagine her surprise to see her face portrayed on the cover of a book at her local library shelf. In Maja’s book are over 50 pages of favorite and meaningful images that bring MajaContinue reading “Grandma Maja’s Swedish Time Machine”