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”

Swedish Adventure & Destiny

Death plays a part in how we look at and approach and pursue our destiny. My Swedish Grandma Maja taught me many profound life lessons. Some of her teaching was done by storytelling. Some lessons she taught by example. Maja taught me the value of thoughtful decisions make for good choices I like the illustrationContinue reading “Swedish Adventure & Destiny”

Ball of String Memories: Hard Times Resilience 1929-1949

I was so inspired by my Swedish grandmother’s struggles during the Great Depression and how she responded to adversity challenges as an immigrant I wrote a book about her. She is my hero. Most people know that once immigrants arrive in a new land they will face tough times. During the years 1948-1969 I spentContinue reading “Ball of String Memories: Hard Times Resilience 1929-1949”

Swedish American Toughness Built on Strong Roots

My Swede Grandmother made a big decision by coming to America in 1922. She initially came just for a visit and looking for adventure. She stayed, quickly finding romance. And as they say, the rest is history. Her Swedish roots would grow an American dream that would be severely tested. Before 1900. Maja’s father’s brotherContinue reading “Swedish American Toughness Built on Strong Roots”