Living in Norway: America’s election season has been downright embarrassing

In U.S. presidential races, the bickering between candidates gets ugly and this year, it’s been downright disgusting. As an American living abroad, it’s been plain embarrassing.

Even though many of us Americans don’t follow the politics of other countries, the rest of the world watches ours. My friends here in Norway are monitoring this election very closely, and the most common question I am asked is: Why?

Today's Election Day in the U.S. who will come out on top? (Photos by Gage Skidmore and Lorie Shaull.)

Today’s Election Day in the U.S. who will come out on top? (Photos by Gage Skidmore and Lorie

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If Black Lives Really Matter, We Gotta Stop Hitting Repeat

There’s a black man. Police confront him. Police kill him, and we watch the video. There’s an investigation, protests and calls for justice. A community grieves, and we all hit repeat.

Alton Sterling, repeat. Philando Castile, repeat. Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Willie Tillman, David Joseph, repeat, repeat, repeat.

25318448514_d282285f5b_zI’m tired, y’all. I’m eff-ing tired. I’m tired of hearing about these families who have lost fathers and sons, listening to simple platitudes about thoughts and prayers, or the pretzel-like explanations for how it’s all … Read more ...

#Prince: I Can’t Believe He’s Gone

Prince was a revolution. It was in his creativity, which gave life to genre-spanning, soul-funkifying music. It was in his political activism, from HIV/AIDS awareness, Hurricane Katrina aftermath, and Black Lives Matter. It also was in his fight for artists’ rights.

I can’t believe he’s gone.

We turned on the TV to check what was happening in the States and were shocked at the headline. #RIPPrince

We turned on the TV to check what was happening in the States and were shocked at the headline. #RIPPrince

Prince. The guy with the yellow assless pants. The guy who changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. The … Read more ...

#TalkToMe: Son Remembers That His Mom Ain’t So Bad

Every parent has a vision of what the ideal parent looks like. Whether it’s feeding well-behaved children all organic food and teaching them advanced math or never raising your voice to your kids who only have 15 minutes of screen time each week and never play Minecraft.

For me, the ideal is having good communication with my children. As parents, we want our kids to feel comfortable talking with us, telling us their hopes, fears, dreams, ask us for our treasured advice. I know, lofty … Read more ...