Subtitled A Swedish Way of Living. If you’re here because of hygge, rather than my scintillating prose, then you are almost certainly bound to have heard of Lagom. I have written about it a few times, as well as reviewing Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living by Linnea Dunne. Lagom is living a Goldilocks life, not too much, not too little and an … Continue reading Hygge Book: The Lagom Life by Elisabeth Carlsson
Is Lagom vastly different from hygge? Well, no. They’re not in competition. They are, in actuality, exceedingly compatible. Fredagsmys is hygge, fika is hygge, spending time outside is hygge. Whether you choose the Swedish or the Danish name is more the question. In their love for jumping on bandwagons and breaking down self-created idols, papers this year have been quick to jump over hygge as … Continue reading A Word for the Weekend: Lagom.
Linnea Dunne is a Swede living in Dublin. I am predisposed to like her already. Anybody who tries to preach balance and abstinence to the Irish is a brave, brave woman. And that is what she does in her book, Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living. Lagom, as any scandi fan or nordic nerd will know, is the Swedish word for a life lived … Continue reading Hygge Book: Lagom by Linnea Dunne
I know hygge has no rules… because it’s a very personal thing and what makes me feel hyggely may well be what makes you feel antipathy… but there are certain things that act as guidelines. Not fixed, immovable rules, but ideas that can help, especially if at a certain point in your life you’ve just hit a brick wall of chaos or doubt that has … Continue reading Hygge Guidance for a Good Life.
I’ve been enjoying myself this week reading up on ancient philosophies, specifically the Stoics. I know. Don’t ask. Philosophy (root words: philo meaning love and sophia meaning wisdom) is described by Wikipedia as the “study of general and fundamental questions, such as those about reason, existence, knowledge, values, mind, and language. Such questions are often posed as problems to be studied or resolved.” Or, as … Continue reading Lessons from the Porches of Antiquity
Mother Nature: I love the idea of Nature as a mother, don’t you? It’s such a warm, cosy feeling to think that there’s an anthropomorphic personification looking after the natural world (and us, too: we’re part of the natural world, like it or not) in the same way as a stereotypical mother looks after a stereotypical family, with food, shelter, sustenance of mind and body … Continue reading Mother Nature And Other People
Choco-lit Reading, for me, is that branch of romance novels that sits well alongside a big mug of tea and a bar of something sweet. Chocolate, for preference, but a decent slice of cake or a couple of biscuits works well. It’s sometimes sneered at by the well-read Literati, including one writer whose work I admire, who wrote this weekend ” Book Title Trends I … Continue reading My Christmas Choco-lit Reading List
It seems to me that words and ideas go in cycles and groups. We went through hygge, lagom and kalsarikannit within the last two years. I’ve got the hang of the first two, and I’m working on the last one as we speak…. Britain (whatever the results of the Brexit vote in 2016 have been presented as) has always been an outward-facing country. We’re an … Continue reading The Next Big Thing: Which country will we look at next? Why not a City?