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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.

We are back in Jakarta from Singapore, arrived late last evening. Soul and mind rejuvenated by sights like this one: the Science Museum at Marina Bay. Have you ever seen such a building? Like a giant waterlily, rising above its pond. To further enhance the effect there is an actual pond of purpl…
Two and a half years ago, when I first set foot in Singapore, I fell in love. The warm ocean breeze coming from the green sea, the palm trees nodding gently to the soft music floating from speakers hidden in the flowers arrangements on the sidewalk, the skyline of the city pointing upwards like …
Summer is here! This is at least what my “body-clock” is telling me. Growing up in Sweden gives you a very precise sense for when to expect snow, darkness and cold or light evenings, birds chirping and warm winds from the ocean. It is in the way Swedes think and speak and plan the year. “We’ll …

Writing & Balance

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This week I have been thinking about balance concerning my writing. Slowly I am working out a new schedule for myself: writing during weekdays and blogging during weekends is the goal. Normally I’d be writing when my girls are in school, but I picked (of course) the possibly hardest weeks to try…

Go Indonesia!

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Soccer is a huge sport in Indonesia. Even when traveling through the smallest village on an island you will see young boys playing soccer between goals of bamboo, shouting pretend names to each other such as Zlatan, Ronaldo, Neymar. As the boys grow up, some of them still dream of playing in the…
Selamat sore! Good evening! Here is a picture that didn’t make it into the Gallery Backstreets of Jakarta, but wanted to join in as well. 🙂 It is amazing that this small road can be found in a city that would fit the entire population of Sweden! I love how the flowers climb the wall, the frangip…

Glorious mess!

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Or Things I learned from an Indonesian tile floor. No need for perfection. No need for sama-sama (the same). No need for matchy-matchy. No need for new and shiny. No need for regularity. Instead: Many different makes a beautiful whole. Function increased; you’re not only walking on the floor, …
Selamat sore! Good evening! As the Javanese afternoon slowly turns to evening, the sinking sun breathing gold rims to the leaves of the palm trees, I felt I wanted to share with you these pictures of the jungle. Maybe because my work in progress is set largely in the jungle, or maybe because I h…

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