Lene Fogelberg Blog

Lene Fogelberg is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Beautiful Affliction: A Memoir. A native Swede, she has lived in the US, Europe, and Asia. The Lightning Tree is the first book in her YA trilogy, The Natural Intelligence Revolution.

It’s all in the details

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Hello friends! I feel much better now, did I tell you I had some sort of Asian virus that completely knocked me out? Well — it was interesting to see the inside of a Jakarta hospital emergency unit. The doctors and the nurses were amazing, I loved them all and after they gave me morphine for th…

Own Yourself

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I was sitting in the couch close to my youngest daughter. We were browsing the internet for a school project and we ended up in WikiHow. Wow — once you’re trapped in there, it’s almost impossible to get out. 🙂 Or how about interesting articles such as: How to spin a pencil around your thumb, H…

Things will work out

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When I have a lot going on in my life, I tend to worry. During this morning’s exercise swim, I came across a single yellow frangipani flower, floating in the pool. It made me smile. The color yellow carries a whole story for me. About six years ago, my family and I were about to move from Sweden…

One little spark

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“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” Robin Williams, July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014.   Yesterday the sad news of actor Robin Williams’ passing reached us. Immediately my mind filled with the many moments of joy he brought to me and my family. Only a couple …

Into the jungle…

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Hello dear friends, Vacation is over and this week I have been diving into my Work-In-Progress manuscript. Thought I might come up to the surface and give you a sneakpeak into what will be my imaginary home this fall. Part of my manuscript takes place in the Javanese Jungle, complete with demons…

Back from Thailand

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Today we are back in Jakarta after a week in Phuket. Best vacation ever! We stayed at Le Meridien and tried all their family activities: rock climbing, archery and golf, but most of all we were at the beach. We never wanted to leave! Chasing the waves was superfun! Our girls stayed in the ocea…

Happy Idul Fitri

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This is the week of Lebaran, the culmination of Ramadhan, when Muslims celebrate Idul Fitri together with their loved ones. Consequently Jakarta is more or less emptied of people traveling to “kampung”, their home village, however remote. Usually expats also go on vacation since many shops and r…

Exhale…

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Elections in young democracies, as we have learned by experience, can be vulnerable. After a week of waiting for the results, today Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, was declared winner of the Indonesian presidential election. As congratulations pour in from the rest of the world, Jakarta …

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