• Insights,  Parenting

    Mind your children’s manners

    As a parent to five children…yes…FIVE,  I’m constantly reminding them to mind their manners.  A day doesn’t go by without me uttering several if not more of the following phrases… “What’s the magic word?” “Please, say good morning to Mr./Mrs. so-and-so.” “Did you say thank you?”… The list goes on and on… However, I’m beginning to think that I’m part of a dying breed of parents.  Is raising children with good manners something that society just simply doesn’t value anymore?  Well, I’m not quite convinced because I often receive compliments from people concerning my children’s manners.   Are my children’s manners at finishing school levels?  No, but they’re good enough to…

  • Food & Wine,  Insights,  Sagas,  Travel

    In pursuit of the “lagom” Sake

    I really should recall the exact hour, minute and precise second that the Swedish word ‘lagom’ entered my life.  However, the best I can do is remember that it was an evening this past summer while I was out with my husband and his best friend at a local sushi place in Gothenburg.   As someone who is quite particular with my wine, I explained to the server that I wanted to try a sake that wasn’t too sweet or too dry.  Our server quickly joked that I was after a ‘lagom’ sake.   I replied, “Lagom…what?!?!” At this point, my husband and his friend laughed and nodded together in complete agreement. …