Monthly Archives: December 2016

Mending the Past 19: Costume Drama

“Some of you who are children of emigrants who left their homeland at the turn of the century may have no memories of your parents in bygdedräkt [parish costume]. There may be two reasons for this. First, they had probably not participated in their home district’s choice of a typical bygdedräkt, since the process was […]

Mending the Past 18: Imagination and the Bog

Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests. I’ll dig with it. –Seamus Heaney, from his poem Digging After writing about the spirit of landscape, it seems right to return to the part of Maja Lisa’s story that concerns her family’s move to a smaller farm near a bog in 1870. Maja’s son […]