Letters from the Island
A beautifully illustrated collection of 37 columns commissioned by Swedish-American newspaper Nordstjernan and written by me during 2006-2009 as "Letter from the Island." It became the newspaper's most popular column. Read the Foreword
Time passes by and we wish that we could catch it. Happiness is somewhere to be found but it can elude us because we look in places that are far away from ourselves. In Letters from the Island, author, columnist and veteran traveler Julie Lindahl takes us into the quiet space of her Swedish island where her thoughts catch the moment and find their inspiration in the soil under our feet. Month by month her reflections challenge us to truly see more of the world around us and to find our strength in sensitivity. For every reader who seeks an empathetic companion for living, this collection is a homecoming.
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” Every time my Nordstjernan issue comes I look for a ”letter” from you and I feel disappointed if one is not there. You are a great writer. Your musings on life, home, and culture and the dearness of preserving what truly counts is very needed and appreciated by me.” Elizabeth J. Peterson, Nordstjernan reader, USA
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”As always with your work you write from your personal experience of life in Sweden but it strikes a chord in all of us and even if just for a moment it makes us stop and think about the way we are, the way we do things and why we do them….As with On My Swedish Island you have succeeded in writing something that I want to return to again and again and in this use once and throw away culture that is a fine achievement. Please keep doing it.” – Sue Dugen, Word Order.co.uk
”A quick and often savory close to my days, ”Letters” held my interest month by month, and year to year. After a 25-year association with Sweden, including 12 years’ immersion, I was struck by how much I’ve missed of the true Sweden. This is a must-read for anyone in search of a fast-track to understanding the essence of Swedish-ness.” – Gary Baker, Former President, The American Club of Sweden and Managing Director, Baker & Associates
”Finally had time to pick up ”Letters from the Island”, and devoured 50 pages in one seating. Thank you. It is beautiful. The piece ”from 30000 feet” is very touching – we have done the travels in opposite directions, and I think we still hang there in 30 000 feet somewhere between these cultures.” – Paavo Turtiainen
“I have been a devoted reader of your columns for several years. I still love your observations, and thoughts. So many of them coincide with mine. I marvel at the fact that you were not born to this existence, and wonder that you are able to so beautifully adapt to it.” – Elsie Swanberg, Nordstjernan Reader, USA