22/06/2017

Green for Hope - #ThursdayTreeLove14



to take a walk in the park
can make light out of dark
can make you see
under a tree
- you are free

to hike deep in the forest wild 
and feel a gentle breeze, so mild
touch your skin
kiss your chin
- you win

a green green tree means hope to me
it finds a way when there is none to see
Believe and Do
I did it too
- so can you  


* yes, my favourite colour is green:-) 

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Linking this post with Parul's ThursdayTreeLove14

19/06/2017

The absence of the bad

To H 

The absence of the bad
that makes the good
so good
that makes you feel you could
live and love
be free
be you again
- didn't you see?

the absence of the bad
that makes your soul go mad
of joy and colour, life's so bright
the sky was never this blue, right?
- really, you didn't feel it too?
how the sounds are now so clear
trust and hope - coming near
and the love can be so strong
finally you do belong

the absence of the bad
that should have been enough
for you as well to see
you are a part of we
that life can be a bliss
sense the heat of a kiss
as tender as this

the absence of the bad
that open up your world
and makes you free, like we
free to enjoy your tea
-  just as you like
or go for a hike
things you were never able to do
now you could have,
- why didn't you?

to be on life so high
because
the absence of the bad
makes us laugh and care
just because
it isn't there
it makes the good
so good

you never thought it would

💙

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This post is dedicated to my friend H who chose to end her life. She broke out of a very bad and violent marriage, but struggled later with anxiety and depression. Her sister encouraged me to write this. This is in loving memory of H and all other brave women who struggle every day. 
We hope you find the power.
Do it for H. Do it for you. 

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15/06/2017

Enjoy the view ! - #ThursdayTreeLove13


Advice From A Tree
Stand tall and proud.
Go out on a limb
Remember your roots.
Drink plenty of water.
Be content with your natural beauty.
Enjoy the view!
By Ilan Shamir

Chin up. Watch the sky.
Feel the peace. Sense the quiet. 
Close your eyes. Open up. 
Rays of sun 
playing slowly
in between the green green wonders
of the magic of 
nature.
The magic of life.
Your life. 


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Presenting the vibrant glory of a tree which I pass every day. 
A perfect place to take a breath - 
and
enjoy the view! 

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Linking this post with Parul’s ThursdayTreeLove #13

08/06/2017

Just that moment

time just stops - at a moment like this
sky meets sea in a soft tender kiss

blue blue blue as long as eyes can see
calm peaceful water - and on it are we

a gentle breeze caresses my hair
a promise of summer is in the air

me and you - and the sea
and an excited dog right next to me
waiting to see: what's it gonna be?
any fish I could inspect, maybe?





just a moment - in the blue
I hold on a bit, don't you too?
and let it go, when the time is right
when the next moment pops up - clear in sight

just a moment
here and now
live it
love it
enjoy

 

06/06/2017

Arizona - my top 5

Travelling somewhere you have never been before, usually requires some research. Where to go? What to see? What to do? Where to eat? Where to sleep?

Well, lucky me: travelling to Arizona with a bunch of so-to-be-locals. The standard question was more like  "What should we show Eli?" or more the persuasive: "Eli has to see this, "Eli must see that" "Oh, we must go there, cause Eli will like that"
Heaven, I tell you. What kind people. And so easy peasy: I could just close my eyes, lean back and enjoy... Oh yeah, I can like that! As a first-timer to Arizona, this is what I liked the most (in no particular order- because hey: how can you prioritise a list like this.. not possible, I tell you):

1. Route 66
Seen the cartoon "Cars"? The story of route 66. Just cruising down that road made me pinch my arm. I was there. How great was that? The old highway through the US. Now .. still route 66. E.P.I.C.


2. Zane Grey's cottage in Payson
In Payson we saw the cottage of the writer Zane Grey (31.1.1872-23.10.1939). The name sounds familiar? His work (more than 90 books) were adapted into no less than 112 films (from 1911-1996)! What I liked the most was the he was a writer who liked to "get out there". You know? It is described that he travelled (like we did) to the bottom of the Grand Canyons, including Havasupai, to be close to the Indians, and into the nature - with just a pen and a note book in his hands... That I like.

Grey was a major force in shaping the myths of the Old West and inspired many authors that came after him. He sold over 40 million books. Erle Stanley Gardner, author of author of mystery novels and the Perry Mason series, said of Grey:
He had the knack of tying his characters into the land, and the land into the story. There were other Western writers who had fast and furious action, but Zane Grey was the one who could make the action not only convincing but inevitable, and somehow you got the impression that the bigness of the country generated a bigness of character.
The Zane Grey cottage, Payson
The lake just in front of the Zane Grey Cottage

Tonto National Park in Payson, with the largest natural bridge... wonderful area. 

3. Sedona. Oh, what can I say? Sedona is the kind of place you just have to live. I think. The red, the unbelievable red mountains. The streets. The houses - built as a part of the nature. Some of them even hard to see. The hills. The trails. The bushes. The hill tops. The air. The wind. The spiritualism they say IS Sedona. That feeling. Peace. Quiet. Balance. Yes. Sedona is.. something else... 


4. Cactus land
Have you ever felt like you are walking in a film? A western movie? That's what I felt like here. The giant cactus, the sound of lizards, rattle snakes ( I wish:-(), the heat, the yellow grass. Just waiting for that cowboy to jump out from behind a cactus: Howdy partner, how's it going? Oh yeah.



Which way to take??

5. Havasupai. I saved the best till last. The adventure of a life time: our hike to Havasupai.
It left me speechless. Never had I know that nature could have such colours: bright green field, dark green cactus, bright turquoise water, red mountains. Colours I have never seen before. And. No internet. No phone. No electricity. Going to bed at sundown, waking up at sunrise. And in the company of people with good energies. Gratitude. Warmth. Laughter. Joy. Love.

Life, at it's best.

At the top - Grand Canyon

Beaver falls - in the valley of Havasupai

Our hammocks - at the camping site
Feeling grateful - checking out ... from Arizona:-) 

02/06/2017

Joyride

so there I am, flying high
sensing the landscape passing by

light blue sky, dark blue sea
mountains tall, right next to me

I smell the flowers, the wind's in my face
I close my eyes, I feel amazed

how lucky am I to see all this
with all my senses - nothing to miss

it is my country, it is my land
and the key to joy - right in my hand

I smile to myself, feeling thankful like few
I don't take it for granted, the freedom to do -
- things like this, and enjoy them too

and with my love, right in front of me
seeing the same scenery

a joyride, from the back of a bike
nature and wildness - what's not to like?

to drive along - with wind and sun,
I smile and feel: here I belong

green fields and white snow and blue blue sea
and a bunch of nice people - around me

a joyride of life, I enjoyed so much
I am grateful for it
for the moments non stop

I hope you enjoy your moments too

and if I can
- then so can you

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- I spent 4 wonderful days, road-trip, on the motorcycle with my love one. In company with some great people. Here are my favourite moments : 
Along the fjord.... breathtaking...:-) 

Road to Lysebotn, Rogaland. Yup, still snow ...
On top of the world; Gaustadtoppen in Telemark

Between mountains and fjord: on our way back - ready for take off from Eidfjord

21/05/2017

Freedom

free to be you
free to be me

fly like a bird
surf on that sea

climb those high mountains
do not give up
the tall tops in your life
go there, don't stop

cherish the freedom - be as you like
do not care - let them say what they might

it doesn't matter - your life is yours
so go ahead - stake out your course

go where you wish, dress as you like
say what you want, and one day you might

feel that strength from deep within
you own your freedom
 - you win

I am so grateful to be where I am
in my own country
in my own land

and in my life - where I can be me

don't take it for granted

cherish it
guard it
love it

be free


In Norway, 17th of May, we celebrated our constitution day. A day to celebrate freedom. Here I am in a traditional costume (bunad) from Hardanger, where my grandad on my mother's side origins from. The bunad used to belong to my mum.