When I asked a PhD scientist and pharmaceutical executive last night about the merits of a recent report touting 3 glasses of champagne a week for dementia sufferers I was hopeful he would agree. Perhaps he would even say start drinking it now to ward off the disease.
2013 Tjejmilen. I did it! Photo: J. Lind
What he did say is that regular exercise and a controlled diet are the keys to fighting dementia. I get to Zumba once a week in a good month but not every month is as good as others. I’ve completed two 10k’s and one 5k over a three year period.
Whether it’s Zumba once a month (if I’m lucky) or a 10k every other year I’m convinced I have to train. I have to exercise. I need it. Not only does it fight off diseases like dementia, it’s good for the expat soul.
It’s an honor to represent Sweden, as I shift from my role as Stockholm Expat to one of two Swedes in the English village.
But as part of this international family at the Academy I am simply one of many fabulous women in a foreign country sharing friendship, laughs, food and culture. One way is through our Bring a Dish evenings.
Another way is by joining International Supper Club. Here we are from Brazil, Italy, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sweden.
A little taste of Sweden.
Cake to finish it off and everyone is looking forward to next month for another taste of friendship and fun.
“I write about relationships, about love. I often write about interracial relationships. I like reading stories about people who are different, who see past the differences and fall in love. And those are the stories I also enjoy writing. I write stories for people who know that love comes in many colors“.
Kim, a Philadelphia, PA native and Stockholm, Sweden resident, is the author of several books, novellas and short stories.
Three stories, three moments in Melanie Jamison’s life. In Edinburgh For as long as Melanie can remember, she’s been in love with John Cavannaugh, but their relationship’s crashed and burned again. Now she’s in Edinburgh with Damian but is she really over John? Until She Comes Melanie moved on with a Swedish actor but the relationship has fallen apart. She’s still in love with John and now they’re both wondering what it means. Do they both want another chance or are they on thin ice…? Lily Her precocious daughter is ready to start school, but is Melanie willing to send her to the school everyone else thinks will be best for Lily?
Imagine finding out you could never have a baby with the man you love…
Expat American Laney Halliwell finds out the hard way when Niklas tells her he had a vasectomy before they met and isn’t interested in reversing it. Why should he? They’ve got his kids from his first marriage and an enviable life in Stockholm.
What if you fell in love in the most unexpected way…?
But Laney wants more. So when a friend suggests she look into an alternative sperm bank in Copenhagen to find a potential father for her baby, things don’t go exactly as planned. Especially when Laney meets Mads and finds herself falling in love.
Susannah is haunted–by the magnitude of her grief…by the silence…by her husband’s ghost.
Meet Mia Wilkinson.
Mia Wilkinson doesn’t feel very thankful right now, despite it being Thanksgiving. She’s just found out her married boyfriend has no intention of leaving his wife. She heads north to her deceased grandmother’s house in a small town in Vermont. But her plans for a solitary Christmas don’t go as planned—especially when a gorgeous South African photographer shows up on her doorstep.
And then there’s Jake Groenewald…
Jake’s come to Hunters Grove to get over losing his best friend and colleague to the atrocities of war. The last thing he expects is to have his life turned upside down by Mia and her Rules of Cohabitation. And falling in love is definitely not on his agenda.
Will a little snow help them along the way?
Mads Rasmussen has had enough: of being a sperm donor, of feeling disconnected, of being alone. Then someone walks into his life in a most unexpected way…
Maybe Tonight is a novella that gives a glimpse of Mads’s life just before and after he meets Laney in Maybe Baby. It’s a novella about love and what happens when it takes you by surprise.
Is the honeymoon over…?
Now married with two children, Laney and Mads are finding their life together isn’t as simple as it used to be. While Laney struggles with motherhood, Mads is so focused on chasing success that he loses sight of promises he’s made.
When frustration gets the better of her, Laney takes the kids and goes to the US, hoping to find solace with her aunt Cecily, a former school teacher who now teaches yoga and meditation in Florida.
Can Laney and Mads find their way back to one another…or is it too late?