In Memory of Mary Hirsch

On July 4, we received the painful news that Mary Hirsch, the author of the Ingebretsen’s blog posts, the Ole and Lena jokes on Facebook, and the person whose gift for puns started the HaikUff-Da! contest, had died suddenly. Mary was a lifelong friend of Julie and Molly Ingebretsen. But even  those of us who… More In Memory of Mary Hirsch

Soria Moria Castle: The Eternal Search For Happiness

Written by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe for their classic book Norske Folkeeventyr, Soria Moria Castle (Soria Moria slott) is perhaps one of the best known Norwegian folktales. (I can’t find the exact date of publication but Asbjørnsen and Moe were publishing folktales in the late 1830s and early 1840s.)  It is the story… More Soria Moria Castle: The Eternal Search For Happiness