Category: Features

choral singing

Choral singing: the perfect tranquilizer?

Singing in a choir—especially a heritage choir—benefits every aspect of wellness Barbra K. Rostad Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Solvguttene. Sangerfest. Mannskor. Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College. For folks who lay claim to Norwegian heritage,...

Nothing fishy about this healthy fish oil

Noble Harvest produces natural Norwegian products for nutrition and good health Lori Ann Reinhall The Norwegian American When our editorial team decided that we would publish a Health & Wellness issue this February, my...

Meditation as custom “medication”

Larrie Wanberg Features Editor rams in schools, community centers like the YMCA, senior programs, childcare, veteran facilities, and independent living centers. Usually these programs promote nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, and healthy habits. Wellness is...

death cleaning

Death cleaning

Scandinavia’s answer to KonMari Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. We busy and overstressed Americans have increasingly turned to Scandinavia in recent years for advice on how to live a better and happier life. Books like...

Nikolai Astrup, Norway’s “second artist”

Born 17 years after Edvard Munch, Astrup has often been referred to as Norway’s “second artist,” having never attained the same level of international fame as Munch, both in his own day up through...

Valentinsdag

Barneblad: Celebrate Valentinsdag with love

A monthly feature to share with kids and grandkids Brought to you by Lori Ann Reinhall The Norwegian American Valentinsdag—Valentine’s Day—is another holiday that has come to Norway via the United States. It is...

Barneblad: Norway’s Nordic Neighbors

A monthly feature to share with kids and grandkids Brought to you by Lori Ann Reinhall This issue is all about travel, and this week’s Barneblad takes you to Norway’s Nordic neighbors, countries that...

Choose your own Christmas goat & gnome

Benevolent spirits Eric Stavney Mukilteo, Wash. In late November, my family unpacks the Christmas chest and sets out those objects that define the season for us. Setting aside all the ornaments, lights, and garlands,...

The magic of the missing nisse

We may never know where this gnome roamed on his four-decade-long journey Barbara K. Rostad Coeur d’Alene, Idaho With Christmas almost here, it is a certainty that julenisser in Norway are everywhere, prancing across...