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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Christmas was the best this year. (Of course we say that every year.) But it was especially true of this year…because of Maggie. Having a 3-year-old who still believes in Santa (what joy!) makes Christmas morning exciting for everyone. Her excitement bubbled over when the week before she met Santa at the Embassy—a special visit made possible by the Counselor section <wink> who issued the Visa. For that we were grateful. The event also… Read More

Today is the darkest day of the year, December 21st. The sun went down hours ago, around 2:40, but then…I don’t remember it ever coming up. The sky is a cast iron grey and outside it’s minus 4, but in the distance, from my window, I can see lights glowing all along the waterfront. The ice and snow are glittering, penetrating the night. It’s what the Swedes promised would happen in the… Read More

I’ve been off grid for a while, trying to put the pieces of my life back together, quite literally. I’ve got socks in the kitchen, Legos in my bathroom, pens in every room, (although if I need one, I can’t find any). We moved to Stocksund in minus 13 degrees, snow falling, with wind that felt like sandpaper brushing against our skin. The movers did double duty, alternately carting in boxes and… Read More