Today is the 88th birthday of Tomas Tranströmer. Tranströmer was one of Sweden’s leading poets of his generation and in 2011 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Stockholm in 1931, Tranströmer was raised by his mother Helmy, a schoolteacher, following her divorce from his father, Gösta Tranströmer, an editor. As a… More Meet Sweden’s Tomas Tranströmer
One of the most popular folktale is the one about Rumplestilskin. It was made famous as a story by the Grimm Brothers. But as with most folktales, there are versions from many different countries – they are put in a category called “Name of the Helper” by University of Pittsburgh’s Folk and Fairy-Tale Site. In… More Scandinavian Folklore and Folktales: The Girl Who Could Spin Gold
Local legend Ole Senior, not to be confused with Ole Junior, Little Ole, Big Ole, Middle Ole, or Just Ole, has been called to Washington, D.C. He has been accused of collusion with Russia over monopolizing the supply of lutefisk to Minnesota and the surrounding states. It led to the well-known Great Lutefisk Shortage of… More Extra! Extra! Read All About It!