After the rain

Thy fate is the common fate of all, into each life some rain must fall.
Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

For life, it is very, very bad to be sensitive, for a writer it is very good.
Karl Ove Knausgård

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Møre og Romsdal

Where in the world is Møre og Romsdal?

The answer, perhaps, I say, is not where but what. It is not so much a place, but a state of mind, a place of peace and tranquility, watered by rain, nourished by sun, far, far away from the troubles of urban life.

South of Trondheim, north of Bergen, in the northern part of Western Norway lies the county of Møre og Romsdal. The Old Norse form of the name was Raumsdalr, after the Rauma River and valley it forms (Raums plus dalr or dair, dale meaning valley). Møre og Romsdal consists of three regions: Nordmøre, Romsdal and Sunnmøre.

Geographically, the county consists of many islands, towering mountains, waterfalls, and deep fjords of clear blue water, including the stunning Sykkylvsfjorden (where Stressless recliners are made), a branch off the equally beautiful 68-mile-long Storfjorden in Sunnmøre.

The name Møre is from Old Norse: Mœrr, from the word marr, meaning “sea” (akin to the Latin word mare). Several distinct dialects are spoken, no doubt due to the existence of so many islands and deep fjords.

As its coat of arms, the county chose the symbol of three Viking ships in yellow on a pale blue background (the masts and the yards create three crosses), a reference to the Viking fore-bearers of today’s Norwegians, who during the late 8th to late 11th centuries sailed their long boats across the European continent, raiding and pillaging.

Because of its location on the Norwegian Sea, the weather is often cloudy and raining. That is very, very bad for nature lovers, but very good for writers like Karl Ove Knausgård.

Check out, Some Rain Must Fall, Book 5 in his series My Struggle.

But the rain does not fall forever; and after the rain, the skies are clear and the air is fresh, the birds sing, the fish swim, and the Norwegians go outdoors and enjoy life, and so do I.

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Not a thousand words

“Ikke tusend ord sig prenter, som én gernings spor.” Brand, Act 2, Henrik Ibsen

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Is it not a strange thought that from a chair a thousand novels have been writ, dreams dreamt, and history made. And yet, as Henrik Ibsen wrote, “Not a thousand words will make the mark a single deed will leave.”

The words are from Ibsen’s play, Brand. The name of the play translates in Norwegian as “fire”, but it is the surname of the central character.

The source of the quote

An idealistic but dogmatic priest struggles with his conscience and his vision of God. In Act 2, Brand returns to the place where he was born to find famine has reduced the village to rations. Brand and the village mayor discuss whether it is better to feed the soul or the body.

A woman arrives from a remote place across the fjord with the sad tale that her husband has killed one of their children as he could not bear to see the child starve. The husband then injured himself in an attempt at suicide. As a consequence, he now needs absolution. Despite the bad weather, Brand enters a boat and crosses the fjord with the wife. Brand finds the man and gives him absolution. He then wishes to return home, but a group of men confront him and there is another conversation about the body and soul. The men then explain that they have no village priest.

Eventually, one man in the group says this:

The Man.

A thousand speeches, Brand
Less deeply than one dint of deed.
Here, in our fellows’ name we stand;
We see, a man is what we need.

Brand, 1894, English translation by C.H. Herford.

Ibsen wrote this in Norwegian, “Ikke tusend ord sig prenter, som én gernings spor,” which translates best as “Not a thousand words will make the mark a single deed will leave.”

More often, the translation is made as this: “A thousand words will not make the mark a single deed will make.” The translations are similar, but I think the first truer to the mark Ibsen intends.

 

Visit homefurnishers.com to find a chair or better yet, get up, come see us.

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Give Peace a Chance

All I want in the morning is a hot cup of coffee and Peace.

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Stressless Peace recliner, Signature base

Peace is a stylish Stressless recliner with a touch of modern details. The uniquely shaped back adapts to your spine and provides just the right amount of support. The Signature base adds the patented BalanceAdapt  technology that will gently rock your body as you move. Also, the Classic base with its hourglass shaped base.

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Peace recliner, Classic base

 

Why not give Peace a chance at Traditions Home. You’ll love it.

P.S. we serve coffee.

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Christmas Eve in Norway

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Christmas Eve in Norway

 

On Christmas Eve in Norway, Norwegians work, shop, and hurry to finish their last errands until 4 pm when the church bells ring throughout the city signaling that Christmas has officially begun. The city is lit with ice-white lights sparkling in the darkness and the scene is magical.

On Christmas Eve, mamma has set the dinner table with roasted pork ribs and mutton, Christmas sausage, lutefisk, sauerkraut, meatballs and gravy, and cranberry sauce. Pappa raises a Christmas toast made with a glass of Gløgg, a delicious mix of mulled wine with spices, nuts and fruit. For desert, Mamma and Grandmamma have made all sorts of pies and even a special bread called ‘Julekake’ that has raisins, candied peel and cardamom with hints of lemon, mint and smoke.

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After dinner the family gathers ’round the Christmas tree. Santa or as he is called in Norway, ‘Julenisse’ arrives with a helper gnome called ‘Nisse’. They are sung a carol before the giving of presents and treats. Then much like families around the world, they play games and sing carols the night long, and celebrate the blessings of the year.

 

If there is only one song sung each Christmas Eve it is the hauntingly beautiful, Mitt hjerte alltid vanker, (My heart always lingers), whose words in English translate as:

My heart always lingers in the birthplace of Jesus
My thoughts gather there as their main sum
There my longing has its home, my faith its treasure
I can never forget you, blessed Christmas night…

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Ikornnes in Winter

Sykkylven and Stressless

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To those who live and work there, Sykkylven is the loveliest landscape of Sunnmøre, in the western county of Møre og Romsdal, Norway. And those who come to visit are quickly enchanted.

What makes it so is not one thing, not its fjord which stretches out blue as the sky, not the mountains green and serene, not its ice-blue glaciers, lakes and rivers that cool the air, nor the valley full of colorful flowers, but all these things on a summer’s day and a Stressless recliner from which to take it all in.

Sykklven, Norway, home to Stressless chairs and sofas.

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