Category Archives: People Folk

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, […]

Iceland’s Pride, Sword and Sheild is a man named Jón

It’s Jón Sigurðsson Birthday on June 17, Iceland National Day. And it’s the 75th Anniversary of Þjóðhátiðardagurinn will be celebrated by Icelanders everywhere. Jón Sigurðsson was the pioneer of the independence movement in the nineteenth century and the Republic of Iceland was established in 1944, on his birthday. It is a perfect time to express […]

Dear Dad,

Dear Dad, I found myself thinking about you today both magnanimously and with thankfulness, how I remember you best. You are legendary, mythological and awe-inspiring, well known and loved just like Vínarterta. And like that notorious cake, renowned for your role as a descendant of Pioneers. You are tidy, technical and tenacious and appreciated for […]

Few Are Like Father. No One is Like Mother.

Few Are Like Father. No One is Like Mother.  – Icelandic Proverb Mother is best. We are all born of them. We are privileged to live during this hard-won, and yet dynamic time for women. It’s an exceptional time perhaps in the history of the world where opportunities exist (in most places) unlike any other. […]

Winter in Iceland: Light sun with a bit of frost and a lot of rain

Here is a saga about my recent winter trip to Iceland with Krummi Travel and a fabulous group of 22 people. “Foggy condensation filled the windshield on the inside of the bus while on the outside cold sheets of rain hammered the glass. Undaunted and wiper-less in Reykjavík on a dark, stormy and wildly windy […]

Tíu Droppar

In North America, you go to the home of someone of Icelandic descent, and she asks you if you want a cup of coffee. ‘Tíu droppar’, you say. Just ten drops. (And of course that means you really want much more than ten drops, especially when it’s made with a bag.) It’s coffee time! Kaffitími! […]

Women are the Influencers

Women are the Influencers bringing a new future into time. They are a powerful force for change. They are out there acting on their dreams. They are believing in their power to shift attention from the ordinary to the extraordinary. They are thriving through collaboration, generosity, love and empowerment of others. (And the support of […]

Letter to Einar 1918

In Remembrance: Letter to Einar 1918 is to Einar Jóhannsson Stadfeld from his brother Hallgrímur Jóhannsson (Grímur) Stadfeld. It was in Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 22, 1918 during WW1 that these young men prepared for war, trained, competed in sports (those boys from the Riverton area were fast runners), dreamt and thought about home….. […]

Icelandic Folktales Can Be Ghostly!

Icelandic Folktales can be Ghostly! The Well-Known Icelandic Ghost Story ‘The Deacon of Dark River – Djákninn á Myrká is a one of the scariest Icelandic Folktales. ‘A deacon at Dark River had a relationship with a servant girl at a nearby farm. After one of his visits to her, he told her he would […]

These things are thought the best:

Mock not the traveler met on the road, Nor maliciously laugh at the guest: Scoff not at guests nor to the gate chase them, But relieve the lonely and the wretched. Never laugh at the old when they offer counsel, Often their words are wise: From shriveled skin, from scraggy things That hang among the […]