Friday, October 28, 2011

Compassion for Crumpled Paper

I´ve seen this story on various social media sites - and now I´m re-posting in here. Thoughtful.

"Paula - A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. ...Now even though they said ......they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bully’s another child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home."

Thursday, October 6, 2011

On passion, Steve Jobs and Tomas Tranströmer

On this strange day Steve Jobs left earth and Tomas Tranströmer became the winner of this years Nobel Prize in literature. They are/were both amazing men and extraordinary raw models when it comes to following your heart and persuading your passion.
Having lived in Silicon Valley and being deeply in love with my Macbook/Iphone/Ipod/Apple-tv it was more than sad to wake up to the news of Jobs death. But during the day, what kept coming back to me was the blogpost My neighbor Steve that I read a few months ago, the one about the next door guy and the father who stood with tears streaming down his face at the graduation of his son. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
I payed my own tribute to Jobs through a long trip to the playground with Zoë in the unusually warm rain, thinking about the blessings of children and how we actually have more power than we think to form our own lives.
In the evening I showed Sun and Ida my old, worn book with Tranströms poems. Then we watched Steve Jobs Stanford-speech together and I felt embarrassed because I almost cried. Rest in peace, Steve - and Congratulations Tomas.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The world of Solvatten

Several times now I´ve come to meet Petra Wadström, the lovely entrepreneur and innovator behind Solvatten. While living in Australia Petra experienced massive solar energy at the same time as she saw the suffering caused by dirty drinking-water among aborigines.
Back in Sweden she invented Solvatten, a portable 10 liter container that uses UV light from the sun to kill micro-organisms and hence to purify water. Her green innovation now helps around 30 000 people in 16 countries. It´s a revolution, specially for women who now don´t need to spend their days boiling water or taking sick children to the doctor.
I wish there were more Petras in the world - people who are smart, dignified and unselfish and who dare to use both heart and brain when they innovate.

Recently my husband interviewed Petra Wadström, you can find their conversation at Axtalk.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

On the joy of taxes

Taxes is a sensitive issue. In the US many people see taxes as something that belongs inside the axes of evil. And in Sweden few people seem to enjoy paying tax. But I´m an exeption. Having received excellent care all three times I´ve given birth, seeing my children get great daycare and having enjoyed free university education simply makes me l i k e to pay income tax. I know that business taxes can be very hard for an entrepreneur. I also know the Swedish model is far from perfect, but at least very few people live on the streets. Therefore I smiled when I read super-rich philanthropist Warren Buffets op-ed in New York Times the other day. In the article Buffet argues for higher taxes and asks Washington to stop coddling the super-rich as if "we were spotted owls or some other endangered species". Go Warren!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wise words

While traveling in Sweden - on my way to Dalarna and and lovely, ancient Gotland - I see them everywhere. Wise words, like a whisper from old ancestors. And new notes, at home in the heart of the family.

It is human do do wrong but it is divine to forgive.

All is perishable, changes and gives life to something new.

Love note from little sister to big sister.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Page One - Soon on a Screen Near You

My dear collegue Amanda just pointed me to this - the trailer for Page One: Inside The New York Times. The filmmakers have followed reporters and editors at the Newspaper for a full year and the documentary is indeed very haussed, in Huffington Posts words hotly-anticipated-by-media-junkies-and-other-journalists... So when are the filmmakers coming to us at TT?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Enjoying spring, thinking of summer, sort of dreaming of Paris and New York.

Borrowed from beautiful All the mountains...

Near our house...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

With a Sukha Mukha-smile

As I keep running through life - from schools and daycare to the news agency, where the turmoil in Libya and tragic events in Japan keep us more than buzy - I think of something my dear yoga teacher keeps preaching. It´s kalled sukha mukha and it could be translated into "happy face yoga". Sukha means joyous, happy or blissed and Mukha is face. My techer want´s me to put on a happy face even when the poses are more than challenging. As with everything on the yoga mat, this can be translated into everyday life. The attitude and level of stress we bring into an assignment has a big impact on what we make out of it. Worth thinking about while running to our loved ones.

Our house-Buddha never leaves his calm.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Inspiring words from JFK still live

This week I spent some exciting time writing a story on the 50th anniversary of US president John F Kennedy's inaugural address (and his life). It´s the one with the famous line "ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.". While studying the speech I found it full of beautiful and inspiring passages. How about "With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own"?
JFK had some very dark sides, but the ability to inspire people - to make somebody feel that he/or she can rise and become a better self - is actually divine. In a time of cold war, the difficult struggle for civil rights and a bad recession (not to different from today) he made America and large parts of the world believe again. Large parts of that speech is very relevant today. Plus he had a style icon family - some of the pictures of Jackie Kennedy makes me wanna awake her stylist from the dead...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fabulous Good Running

I first heard about this idea from our dear friend and world citizen Min Li. It´s simple, smart and rather fabulous. It´s called The Good Gym and it goes like this: Everybody want´s to exercise - it makes us balanced, healthy, beautiful and full of harmony. When you´re at it why not do something good for a co-human? While jogging you could pick up a newspaper for someone less mobile in the neighborhood, run an errand for someone who needs the help or simply provide some kindness and contact for a person who lives alone.
Runners with The Good Gym in Great Britain commit to at least one run per week and according to all the stories on the gym's home page it really keeps them motivated.
The Good Gym has won some prizes and recently BBC did a story on them. Now one of my favorite publications Good Magazine wrote about the phenomenon.
I just think there should be a branch in every city...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy Magic New 2011

As always we get by with inspiration, warm embraces and a little help from our friends. Be safe, don´t forget to fuel your creativity and try things you´ve never done before.
Here´s New York Times tips for how to make your resolutions stick - a guide to sustainable life/marriage/money/food/tech.
Great music also helps, I still dance to this amazing song by french duo Les Rita Mitsouko.

One of my most inspirational moments in December was watching my dear friend Johannes Stjärne Nilsson and Ola Simonssons absurd, humoristic, unique and thoughtful feature film debut Sound of Noice. It´s aroused people at festivals all over the world, go see it.

Happy New 2011!