Lost Dreams and Salty Tears

     Many thoughts plague my mind: hopes, dreams, ideas, questions, fears. My soul is stirred. There are a few pages left in this chapter of my life, yet I find myself unable to turn the page.  A challenge has presented itself.  I read the last sentence over and over again but my brain refuses to…

A Tale of the Moon

In the north, there lived an ambátt by the name of Friða, the dóttir of Kári, a man of great wealth on the southern shore. She was chosen by the wife of a mighty Jarl to be her ambátt. Friða was free as any woman of the Hallstead, treated with care and respect. Friða enjoyed her duties in the Hall as ambátt, refilling horns of mead…

Becoming Stronger: The Body (Final)

Spring has sprung! I’m typing this via my tablet as I sit outside in the sunshine. Such a gorgeous day! I look around my little garden and I also notice other evidence of spring: weeds galore! And I know what will happen 2 days from now as a result of me plucking these weeds here…

Becoming Stronger: The Mind (Part 4)

“Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can.” ~Unknown I printed this quote and taped it to the wall behind and to the left of my monitor. The man in the image is pensive, determined in thought. I know exactly how he feels. I have…

Becoming Stronger: Vinátta (Part 3)

As much as we all may be “big boys” and “big girls” perfectly capapble of doing things “all by myself!” there is still a need for the strength one can only find in vinátta, an Old Norse term for friendship. In my quest and journey to become of Friða Káradóttir, new friendships are forging themselves. While there are…

Becoming Stronger: Crystals (Part 2)

I began a series the other day on becoming stronger. There are many facets to a person, and just as many that need strengthening and maintenance. Consider a crystal in its most natural, perfect form. There are a variety of crystals but for the sake of this post, keep in mind the euhedral crystal. This…

Becoming Stronger: Wield a Pen (Part 1)

“Strength of character” and “wield a pen” are two phrases my mind has been mulling over for several days now. In this age of memes, we are bombarded with images overlaid with quotes. Sometimes the sayings are hilarious, sometimes they’re sentimental, and sometimes they’re thought-provoking. One running theme in pop culture is the Viking era,…

Huggan

   Part of my journey to becoming Friða involves doing things on my own. And let me tell you, this is a very difficult process for me! The difficulty, you see, lies in my ability to find huggan within myself, rather than in someone else. Huggan is an Old Norse term that means comfort and consolation. If we cannot…

Sprout Your Wings

“Have you ever wanted something so much yet nothing at the same time?” My cursor blinked at the end of the line, asking if I was ready to hit send. The question was posed to my dear friend who lived more than a thousand miles away. “Yup… I want my dream so bad, yet at…

Finna

 Finna is an Old Norse term that means be found, be perceived, noticed. In an effort to truly become Friða, I have taken it upon myself to learn Old Norse, Icelandic and Runes.  Finna is my word of the day. In looking for a word that means “to feel,” I came across finna. My intention was to write…

Friða: Her Beginning

When my eldest son was aged about 10 years, we watched a movie at a theater. As the credits were rolling and we were gathering our belongings, he said, “Stories never have an end, Mom. They have beginnings, but never an end.” My heart swelled with such pride that day, and tears well up in…

The Icelandic Language

A very informative article by Catharine Cellier-Smart regarding Icelandic, Old Norse and Runes with links and references at the end. Catharine Cellier-Smart Source: The Icelandic Language