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September Pieces Of My Mind

I put the business part of my electric shaver in methylated spirits for half an hour. Loads of organic gunk sloughed off of it. Now I know where half of my face has been all these years. Neighbour from Afghanistan describes his interpreter gig with refugee children & teens in Sweden. They’re traumatised and violent…

August Pieces of My Mind

I’m not saying that my mind is particularly august. First Aid Kit rule. And are godless: “There’s one life and it’s this life and it’s beautiful” After listening to Ken & Robin’s latest podcast episode I did some reading on Joan of Arc and Gilles de Rais. The mind boggles at the idea of a…

July Pieces Of My Mind

Sad case in my municipality of date rape made worse by fathering fail. 20-y-o guy coerces 15-y-o girl to blow him by threatening to tell her dad they’re together. Good dads are who you run to when somebody tries to blackmail you. A publicist offers me to review the latest in a popular series of…

June Pieces Of My Mind

Wait a minute. Did I just win my first competition for an advertised teaching job? In ten years of applying for them? I kind of feel the bedrock under my feet slipping. A chapter of my life ended on 12 June. 13½ years ago I began taking my son to daycare. Ever since, I have…

May Pieces Of My Mind

Reading Kerstin Ekman I’m struck by how complicated a relationship her characters have to social class. And by how oblivious I have largely been to it through my life. I’ve always known that there are people with less money and power than my circle. And that there are those with more money and power. But…

April Pieces Of My Mind

I’m not very bothered by archaeological interpretations that are proven wrong. I’m afraid of those ideas that have become accepted even though there is no way they can ever be tested. “… it was common knowledge that local witches had killed old Mayor Niels Iversen Scribe by means of performing their bodily functions at his…

March Pieces Of My Mind

The Swedish Church lost 54,000 members last year. That’s more than half a percent of the country’s population. Yay! Eight years after submission, a star-crossed paper of mine has finally appeared in print! I was at this provincial museum in 2004, looking at finds, and the staff asked me for a paper to put in…

February Pieces Of My Mind

Some Facebook updates. Bolsängen: an Uppland smallhold whose name (thanks to the Swedish method of making compund nouns) means “the sexual intercourse bed”. The Poupon mustard brand got its name from the firm’s coprophiliac founder, who liked to encourage his staff with a friendly “Poop on, guys! Poop on!” I’m helping Adele Adkins with some…

January Pieces Of My Mind

Some recent Facebook updates of mine: After four years’ living in this house I just stubbed my toe on the bathrooom threshold for the first time — painfully. Unusually, I was wearing semi-industrial hearing protectors on my way to the john — because also unusually two people were watching TV at the same time and…

December Pieces of My Mind

Selected Facebook updates: Dreamed that a podcaster had mixed ham, celery and rice crispies into my favorite tea leaves. Was very angry. Green tea leaves accumulate in our house way faster than we use them. Bothers my logistics brain. Misread a headline on a lady’s magazine. “A Retro-Style Wedding” became “A Hetero-Style Wedding”. Genital lambada,…