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Medium to me, is finding people in the desert and sharing my bubble in an open landscape

I’m not your typical Scandinavian. Never have been. I’d choose freedom over security any day of the week.

I might rant at times. But I also really love life, and I have so much to be grateful for. Born and raised in Norway, I’ve also lived for many years in Sweden and Finland. I’ve worked a few years in the Middle East, and traveled the world. Now, family life keeps me busy, but my mind is constantly working. I love to learn new things.

Medium policies do not allow me to discuss everything that’s on my mind, but I enjoy…

The incredible discoveries of Semir Osmanagić

Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun

“We have spent the last five years proving that there are pyramids in Bosnia. But we do not intend spending the next hundred years trying to convince everyone. We simply had to move on.” — Semir Osmanagić

Semir Osmanagić, also known as Sam Osmanagich, was born on June 1st 1960 in Zenica, Bosnia. On the internet he is truly a controversial and widely defamed figure, being giving titles like “pseudo archaeologist” and “a business-man with no scientific background”.

In his country of origin, on the other hand, Semir Osmanagić is elevated as a cause…

Medium is a love-hatred relationship

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I took a short break from Medium. I tell myself it’s because I have a life, because my kids want to go to the beach all day, because I have guests living with me. But I know it’s not just about that. I get tired of writing about things that matter less to me. I have a hard time faking it.

Quora was a disaster

I spent about a year writing everything on my mind on Quora, in several languages. I had about 10 000 reads in one language. And then my account got censored in all languages. It was censored in a very…

If it does— I think I have it

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Writing a lot about myself is usually not a very good strategy. But I have a question that needs some exploration. And the only frame of reference that I have, is myself.

I’d like to find out if there is such a thing as Note Dyslexia? I’ve thought about it for years, and it seems like a reasonable explanation to my problem. You see, for over 30 years, I’ve been trying to play piano after notes. But I can’t really do it. I’d like to know why? I’m not a big fan of putting diagnosis on people. It seems to…

Conversations are being kept short

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I haven’t been around that long on Medium, but I tend to get myself into a lot of conversational exchanges in the comment sections.

I started noticing that my first response or clap to a story or a comment, was usually being recognized by authors. If they respond, and I respond back, we’re still usually good to go.

The problem seems to occur if you respond even a third time. This time, you won’t get a clap, or a response. At first, I just reckoned that people do not have time for these long interactions. …

Human limbs can now grow back

Salamanders can easily regrow a lost limb (Photo by Etienne Assenheimer on Unsplash)

Salamanders are unusual animals. They come in all kinds of colors, they are great swimmers and can stay frozen for up to several years without dying. It would take a staggering temperature of -50 degrees Celsius (-58 Fahrenheit) for a few weeks before they actually freeze to death.

Salamanders can also regrow dismembered limbs. To recreate a limb lost to a hungry predator, they can regrow everything from bone to muscle to blood vessels with stem cells that form at the site of the injury. But just how they do it at the genetic level has been a mystery.

It’s…

The way things are going

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No!” You might say. “Not gonna happen. I’m a top curated writer. I write something everyday and it’s going swell.” Or maybe you consider yourself a rising star? You believe in yourself.

My friend, it doesn’t matter at this point. You will be making less money on Medium. The government doesn’t even need to take more of your money for this to happen. Instead, they take away the purchasing power of your money.

By printing more money.

Inflation

A wise man said that “To ask the government to report on inflation, is like asking the Mafia to report on crime.” You…

Putting the blame on regular people

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Have you ever read those newspaper articles that give you a list of advice on how to improve your financial situation? They always show up in Scandinavian newspapers, and I can’t imagine it would be any different in other parts of the developed world.

Most people are not born into extremely wealthy families. They never learn how the financial system actually works, but they learn basic financial advice from their parents, or in public school: Don’t spend more than you have. Make a budget for the month. …

The warship Maine and the Philippine colony

Filipino- American couple showing off their six kids. (Source: Wikipedia)

My husband came across this picture on Wikipedia, and we had to agree upon that it was a beautiful picture. It triggered my need to know more about the context, and I discovered that it’s a nice picture for several reasons, not just for being a cute family photo.

The picture is from colonial times, when the Philippines was still an American colony. The country had been a colony of the Spanish East Indies for 333 years, and this had gradually turned the Philippines into a very religious, majority Catholic country. Then the Spanish-American war broke out in April of…

The hospital madness

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While reading an article about CBD’s beneficial effects on your brain, I started thinking of one of my own experiences. Not with CBD, but with drugs. Some years ago, I had to accompany someone with a broken finger to the Emergency Room.

Upon arrival, she was fine (considering her finger was pointing in a very unnatural direction). She was just in pain. We waited, her hand was examined, she had an x-ray. The finger was dislocated and broken.

The drugs

Pulling her finger back into place, turned out to be complicated. Four people worked on her, and she was given hospital drugs…

Iselin Aspen

Busy mum, blogger and musician, trying to thrive in Scandinavia. I write about freedom, history, nature, hypocrisy and anything that tickles my mind.

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