Labrador Hygge

I just finished reading a book called The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking. It became very clear to me that Hygge is something that many families I know practice without even knowing it to be a ‘thing.’

Hygge is, in short, the art of cosiness. It is about surrounding yourself with intimately chosen objects and practicing activities that make you feel safe and at home (even when you’re not at home!) I compiled a list of practices and objects I consider my self-Hygge.

I should note that I journalled about this by hand first, in my room by light of a warm glowing lamp! I have to admit I’m a wannabe Dane.

Can you think of any ways you already incorporate Hygge in your life?



In response to the closure of 54 libraries

Libraries are worlds where ideas are born. Today the Newfoundland Labrador government, in an attempt to save money, announced the upcoming closure of over HALF of this provinces libraries. Fifty-four (54!) libraries will close.

The library is one of the very few FREE educational options left for parents who want to get their kids involved in reading, crafts and social events. Hell, even movies can be signed out of libraries and the internet there is free too! The price you pay? Signing your name on a sheet to show that you attended. To show the powers that be that, yeah, we’re using this place.

Library cards? Free. Even if you are late returning a book, your late fees are so minimal it would take months before you accumulated enough fees that you’d miss one good cup of coffee for it.

Along with the 15% tax on books, our libraries closing, some schools closing, MUN losing millions from its budget and god knows what will happen with CNA.. What kind of an outlook are we creating for children? The young families that want to come here?

This is not an atmosphere for learning. For growth.

Could we not have charged monthly/yearly fees for library cards? Asked a minimal fee for internet usage? Increased the late fee charges? Changed the hours of operation?

I stand by my library and the librarians that work there and are every bit as courteous and loved as our next door neighbours. But I keep forgetting that some of us are so self-involved we don’t try to get to know our neighbours.

Libraries matter. Learning, matters. NO to budget 2016.

A Book

Sometimes a book can tell you how to live
How to paint your house
And wear your hair
How to keep a man and bed him best
And provoke a religion inside
Your watery edges
A book can be a powerful thing
A bomb of phrases and slithery truths
A sleuth
A saviour with silky pages
The closest you’ll ever get to Athens
The farthest you’ll go from home
Sometimes a book can tell you how to live
or just tell you that you

are not.