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  • By lake Mjøsa, July 2015

    Soft rain draws circles on lake Mjøsa, no fishes jumping.
    Thirty years ago they were. The new normal,
    our accustomed poverty

    When Alf sang of Mjøsa, fireflies flashed like city lights,
    this evening's darkness a witness of
    July's lush deception

    Ecological impoverishment is invisible, camouflaged poverty.
    Culture takes nature for granted, with
    short-term memory

    Thoughts on Harris-Chomsky emails

    So, I haven't really read anything by Noam Chomsky nor by Sam Harris, but it was fascinating to read through their recent email exchange http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/the-limits-of-discourse . Two clever men, obviously well regarded American intellectuals, and yet they fail to really understand their differences..

    Like half of the Internet, I hereby step in with my interpretations..

    «Ethically speaking, intention is (nearly) the whole story» - Sam Harris

    «As for intentions, there is nothing at all to say in general...be... More

    Learning to read: a problem of rhythm?

    Recently I've spent some time trying to help children learn to read, working with children at various stages of fluency. It strikes me that an important part of the process of learning to read is learning to «tokenize» or divide a written word into syllables.

    This problem depends on a given language's phonetics – but is also a function of how our roman alphabet works. In for example the Japanese Hiragana alphabet, each letter is a syllable. The alphabet starts A, I, U, E, O, KA,... More

    DV8: John (preview)

    Seen at Dansens hus, Oslo, June 2014 (I also did a class/workshop with the company

    On leaving this performance, I caught myself wondering why I had not changed. Maybe I didn't feel any change yet because I was being too impatient, expecting to be challenged and sort of mentally re-engineered with immediate impact?

    The very question said something about my high expectations of Lloyd Newson's and DV8's work. Some of his pieces have indeed changed my thinking. Watching "John", I kept thinking it was good, solid quality work, awesome set, strong performers, dramatic stories - and yet I was watching it as if from the outside, not really... More

    Conflicting advice regarding raising children

    It's not hard to find advice on how to raise children. In Norway the best known guru might be Jesper Juul these days, but there are many others. The advice is often presented in very normative language with plenty of moral imperative, leaving confused parents feeling inadequate. Especially when the advice is self-contradictive: it's very important to Draw Clear Boundaries and it's very important to Listen To Your Child. (So when your darling crosses the Clear Boundary - are you supposed to Listen or to implement the Consequences?)

    Parents (and their Gurus) need however t... More

  • By lake Mjøsa, July 2015
  • Thoughts on Harris-Chomsky emails
  • Learning to read: a problem of rhythm?
  • DV8: John (preview)
  • Conflicting advice regarding raising children
  • Regarding the Høiness/Urdahl case
  • Bye, Facebook
  • Scary fairytales
  • Naoshima
  • For Rashpal - in memoriam
  • Grandmother's birthday menu
  • Website on children and advertising
  • Sunday menu
  • Why we don't use Facebook for the family blog
  • Peer and Ingrid
  • Alf-Eivind on Vesle-Hans
  • Wergeland for Liv Riiser
  • Taste of creeping bellflower
  • Helland and the "flower piece"
  • Interesting article on upbringing
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