Category Archives: Culture

Gleðilegt sumar! Happy summer!

Gleðilegt sumar! Happy summer! You’ve survived the long hard winter once again and now it’s summer according to the Icelandic calendar. Warm days are tickets to happiness on our mothership móðir jórð (mother earth). As she moves us through this viral time reminiscent of 1876 and 1918 we are humbled and ever hopeful that we […]

The Viking Immigrants Icelandic North Americans

Just think about the dynamic proliferation of our people and culture over the last 150 years! (Not just the Icelanders!) In 1944 Halldór (Dori) Guðjón Jónsson Eastman’s family celebrated his 70th Birthday in Riverton, Manitoba and they could barely fit everyone in the picture. Dori was a toddler when he arrived in Canada. In the […]

Vinarterta. It is us.

Vinarterta. It is us., I thought. And with that thought I knew what I had the opportunity to create, and was ready to make it happen. Others said my best ideas were behind me. You’ve heard them too. My story started with the recognition of the true message of our beloved Christmas cake. Vinarterta. It […]

Becoming Vinarterta

Becoming Vinarterta, the pure love and pioneer spirit of the North American Icelandic heart took time.
 
 “It takes a long time to fully become who you are.” says Björk. Vinarterta is still in the process of becoming. We are honoured to be a part of the becoming of Vinarterta in our generation. Much love […]

Dear one elskan min

Dear one, elskan min,  Be yourself when others want you to be something else. In that place of knowing all you truly are live fearlessly, creatively and undefeated. Be yourself when others want you to own their fear, complacency, excuses and mediocrity. From that place of personal faith, originality, and action express your greater humanity. […]

Sweet to the eye is that which is seen.

Sweet to the eye is that which is seen. Oh! Summer celebrations! There are so many! Those time tested Strawberry Festivals, games, races and picnics where food is the central attraction seems to transcend both generations and country borders. I’m imagining a picnic or an old fashion style Strawberry Social with a long line of white […]

FullMoonTerta

FullMoonTerta FullMoonTerta is perfect for a Strawberry Moon. Named by the Algonquins for the short harvest season of wild strawberries in northeastern North America.  In Old Europe it was called the Mead or Honey Moon. After that lovely Norse Fermented Honey drink.    “The tradition of calling the first month of marriage the ‘honeymoon’ dates […]

Remembering on Father’s Day

Slow time. Stop time. Remembering on Father’s Day. Remember when you were so deeply occupied in play that it became your whole world? Remember when you slowed time and breathed in the smell of your Dad when he tickled your ear? Remember when you gave that gift and watched his face as he unwrapped it, […]

Summardagurinn fyrsti! Happy First Day of Summer!

It’s Summardagurinn fyrsti! Happy First Day of Summer! In the old Norse Calendar there is Summer and Winter. That’s it! Marking the rotation of the sun and moon as shared by only two seasons makes sense. Did you know that human time on earth used to be counted in winters rather than years? In Canada […]

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