Finnish Independence Day 2018

Today is Independence Day (Itsenäisyyspäivä) in Finland. Last year was the centennial, which was a huge celebration. This year things are a bit darker, because it’s now 100 years since the brief but bloody Finnish civil war. No longer a Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire, there was disagreement (to put it far too mildly) […]

Unplugging from the Collective Electronic Consciousness

It’s hard to believe that November is almost over. What’s even more amazing is how good I’m feeling. So far the Long Dark isn’t kicking my ass the way it has in recent year. Yes, I have less energy and want to sleep more. I chalk some of that up to aging. What I haven’t […]

Finland Doesn’t Have Wildfires, But…

He Who Shall Not Be Named recently said that California should deploy some rakes to clean up the forest floors, thus avoiding massive wildfires. Then he went on to cite a conversation with President of Finland Sauli Niinistö where they discussed forest management. While I normally keep my mouth shut about politics and politicians, I’ve got to […]

Here Come the Christmas Police

On November 1st, stores in America put all of their Halloween stuff on clearance and started rolling out more Christmas merchandise. I say “more of” because I know a lot of places were setting up for the holidays as early as September. And every year, here come the Christmas Police, complaining that it’s too soon. […]

Summer Vacation in Finland In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about the Finnish heat wave and their summer shopping spree. They discuss how satisfying and meaningful it is to acquire that one “just right” right thing, rather than a lot of random mediocre things. There’s also a conversation about unicorns. Why I Paint My Nails Vito […]