'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree'. Here we live in the age of the Anthropocene.



sprouts and roots
A healthy you, is a healthy world.
Life in the Anthropocene.



'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree' through the gates of life and death, and the turning of the Midgard snake.
We walk beneath a starry sky, weaved by light and dark and obscured shades our eyes can not see.

We melt and turn the tides of time, as we spill the soil between our fingers.
It drips back down to where it came from, all while the ants and worms grow unseen layers of brand new soil.








On top those critters, we step right next to the growing daisy, as it blooms beneath the radiance of the stars, and it drinks with thirst from deep within the Earth.
That growing daisy drinks what is, a cup of filtered nutrients, born from sunlight and plants that breathe life into us all. Sheltered by the clouds, and whispy air, we live inside a planetary bowl, contained within spheres of layered ozone, and magnetic fields that shields our way of life from unknown stars and radiation from outer space.
























2050AD
[ Oceans run the risk of having more total weight of plastic than fish.]











It populates and wickedly naughty it wisely makes out, through its lovers, the countless insects, and the gentle storm.
The breeze that swirls around this entire sphere we call our home. At times it howls and tears the roots of trees back out from the Earth, it snaps their branches, crunches, crushes, wreck their trunks. And wisps the hair of countless beings.
The air we breathe lives and dwells inside this circled window that encapsulates our entire world.

And while it sometimes howls, it can also be a tender lover that almost pass us by unseen felt. As its fingertips gently caress its way down our hair and skin.
















But each day, no matter how rough or sweet the wind appears, it spreads their pollen, fills our lungs and gives us life.
The air that giant birds circles through as they shed their chains and cast themselves high into the air.
But once upon a time, we started to fill it up with shit that made us all, sick and dying, for tens of thousands, a hundred thousand years and generations. We waged war, killed destroy, ruined lives and descended upon everything beautiful.















Every little thing had to be corrupted.
That was the way of life and mantra, for humanity.
And still, there are even, the tiny toxic things that fall back down, to the soil and water, the things we drink and grow. We corrupt and ruin everything as our filth spread across everything.
And before we knew it, the pollinator dies, sick and damaged, we harm them too as we grow ourselves, weak and ill, we are farmers now, not of health and lust but doctors of branded death and profits, growing illness on polluted rolls of candy, we pack our food, dipped in coal, tar, and oil, plastic sweets, and corrupted food.















Aeons later there we are, lessons learned, lessons flawed. Wisdom earned.
At the gates of Asgard, living, walking at the sprouts and roots of Yggdrasil.
Time it flies lives and dies. As the snake turns again, ever endless, perpetual its always been.












And the thing we are, it changes, we fall and rise, back to our feet.
Harmed and hurt, scared but wiser, some will crack and shed their life, like wasted maggots.
While we learn and change, becoming more a healthy collective whole.















We are like the seeds of life and butterflies. Ancient roots of the northern spruce.
We shed our remnants and grow a stronger, better cycle.
And as life and death and time swirls around our sheltered gates, we move beyond our wicked past, healing wounds and planetary soil.















Species breathing what is now, cleaner air, while we all drink natures sprinkled water from the nearby creek, and the daisy grows, wild and free in healthy soil.
And beyond this date, our species soon move and migrate far beyond our Earthly realm, spreading across both this planet and deeper into the ever tree and unknown space. Propelled forward by light and endless energy. With gates and bridges to keep us grounded and connected, in the flesh and time, throughout the realms, our sprawling, man-made paths are now, filled with flowers, wild and free instead of air that makes us sick.
And through it all, the tree keeps growing.
Auburn red, green and yellow where time stands still yet always moves.











And in related news.

The White House is on and off contemplating becoming a house of Elephant hating slaughter.
Will they allow the disgraceful import of Lion and Elephant trophies from Africa, or will they not? That is the question Hamlet still ponders as Trump first allowed it only to change his mind hours later due to a glorious worldwide outcry. But the question is still on the table.
All while reality is that the African Lions and Elephants need our ongoing protection against all forms of hunting, legal and illegal. The widespread corruption and the illegal poaching all forms of legal hunting have always given rise too is far too burdensome for the still plummeting African Lion and Elephants ( And let us not forget the tigers, and cheetahs and countless of other African species too, which are all under severe threat from poaching, land loss, climate change and human encroachment, armed conflicts, human-made pollution, and corruption )














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  • Naughty xmas poetry "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree" and a merry winter solstice to you guys.

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    Winter solstice poetry
    a quality xmas
    and happy new year.



    Enjoy the rest of December people and make sure to allow yourselves and others the only gift truly worth something this xmas. And that is to breathe and exhale, relax and enjoy each and every moment.
    Do not suffocate each other or stress yourself out as you try in vain to achieve the perfect holiday, there is no such thing when it comes to the way we celebrate new years eve, winter solstice, xmas or whatever you call it.
    Chasing perfection and meaningless details are what kills that perfect day even before it starts. So just enjoy your day, yourself and each other the way you are.
    Have a good one and now, here is my perfect xmas in the shape of a naughty winter solstice poem ( and moment ) I am calling "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree", enjoy the read and the days ahead :).

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 18, will obesity increase my risk of developing Alzheimer?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 18 in our School of Fitness.
    Obesity is no friend of any individuals longterm health. We all know that.
    But is cheering each other into obesity and being overweight also scientifically speaking, causing an increase in the risk of developing Alzheimer?.

  • Anthropocene: We have real global progress but also life diminishing quality for hundreds of million of people. Official UNICEF study.

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    Global progress.
    And diminishing lives.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    In a world of global progress in a lot of important aspects, we can never close our eyes to the simple fact that hundreds of millions of people around this beautiful world are witnessing how their lives are becoming increasingly worse.
    quote:
    “In a time of rapid technological change leading to huge gains in living standards, it is perverse that hundreds of millions are seeing living standards actually decline, creating a sense of injustice among them and failure among those entrusted with their care,” “No wonder they feel their voices are unheard and their futures uncertain.”
    - Laurence Chandy, UNICEF Director of Data, Research, and Policy.

  • Black Friday 20% off: fine art for the living room walls by yours truly.

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    The art of living.
    Fine art for the living room walls by yours truly.
    Black Friday discount.



    You pick the size, the framing and whether you prefer the white margin or zero margins on your print and there you go, parcel on the way.
    Printing & shipping is handled by the Swedish fine art gallery Printler and they ship to all of Europe.
    And for Black Friday you´ll even get a 20% discount, valid until Monday 27 Nov.

  • 'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree'. Here we live in the age of the Anthropocene.

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    sprouts and roots
    A healthy you, is a healthy world.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree' through the gates of life and death, and the turning of the Midgard snake.
    We walk beneath a starry sky, weaved by light and dark and obscured shades our eyes can not see.

    We melt and turn the tides of time, as we spill the soil between our fingers.
    It drips back down to where it came from, all while the ants and worms grow unseen layers of brand new soil.

  • Fitness & Health: 'Health at a Glance' is a European health report covering obesity around Europe in 2017.

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    Health at a Glance
    A European health report 2017
    Fitness & Health.



    Health at a Glance is a European health report for 2017. And in it the United Kingdom is revealed to be Western Europes most obese nation.
    So, perhaps, fish and chips and beer just isnt the best of national food obsessions.
    Another important highlight that bounces right back at you is how obesity in the UK has increased by 92% since the 1990s ( it´s been increasing in every nation btw, but good ol England is leading the pack ).

    And since we also know by now that obesity & overweight is not just about a individual increase in body fat %, which would have been perfectly fine and all down to personal preferences in body composition and aesthetics, but instead is directly tied to a huge increase in several health issues, such as diabetes & cancer and severely decreased quality of life and longevity.

  • Anthropocene & the annual 'good country index' is back for its worldwide summary with the year 2017. And Scandinavia once again dominates.

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    Anthropocene
    the good country index 2017
    Life beyond 2028.



    Sweden once again dominates the good country index, sort of making it an annual business as usual reveal in other words.
    Sweden is followed closely by another Scandinavian country, namely Denmark, which, is no real surprise, the Nordic nations can be found at the top of the world, year after year, after year in a long range of beneficial, quality of life metrics and studies.

  • 9 million annual deaths due to worldwide pollution in air, soil, water. Life in the Anthropocene.

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    9 million
    annual deaths due to worldwide pollution
    The art of living.



    Every year the number of people that die prematurely due to worldwide pollution keep on increasing. And right now that pollution in water, soil, air, chemical or work-related pollution is already taking the life of 9 million people around the world.

    Let us think about that for one more second, every single year 9 million people end up dying prematurely due to the modern day pollution we all contribute to.

  • Health & Fitness science: Maintain healthy mitochondria through exercise-induced mitophagy.

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    Mitochondria
    Health in muscles and heart.
    Life is your own art.



    New research once again showcases how exercise improves muscle health and, exercise capacity and how that positive mechanism with perpetual fitness regimes in the end greatly improves general health and longevity for each individual.
    Allowing continued fitness activity to become one of the finest predictors we have of general mortality and biological health and wellbeing in any given population and individual.
    This particular study was published in the journal Nature Communications and it digs deep down inside our bodies as it takes a long look at how exercise helps the body and mind keep healthy and strong by transforming and maintaining our body on a cellular level.

  • Anthropocene & the human health. Plastic litter in our salt, tap water, honey, fish & food. Land and soil and blood system.

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    Plastic Litter
    Tap water, Sea salt & Food.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    In Europe, 72% of all tap water contains 1.9 fibers of plastic litter per 500ml of water.
    That number increases to 94% of all tap water in the USA which contains 4.8 plastic litter fibers per 500ml of water. And worldwide 83% of all tap water contains plastic litter.
    But the issue of plastic contamination in our water is not just about tap water, nor is it, as we have previously talked about, only a concern with sea food. This is a growing man-made health issue which has been going on for a very long time and by now it is part of every aspect of society and our natural world.
    For instance, scientists found plastics in products in studies on Chinese Sea salt in 2015.

  • Anthropocene: A long form article called Indonesia

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    Indonesia
    17,000 islands & almost 260 million people
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    Indonesia is by all accounts one of the world's most populated nations with its soon to be 260 million strong population scattered across an astounding 17 000 islands. Another fascinating aspect of life in Indonesia is that in total its population is made up of over 300 different ethnic and linguistic groups that combined speak over 700 different languages.

  • Books & Publishing: How and where to buy or read 'Wings of a Raven, 2028AD'

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    Wings of a Raven, 2028AD.
    Book 1 in my mature, new adult Sci-fi universe.



    Wings of a Raven, 2028AD.
    Price: $2.99
    Print length: 147 Pages
    Publication date: August 2017
    ISBN: 9781537855714
    Read it at your local library or right here at my own 'a Norse View' library.
    Or if you so prefer you can buy it from your fav book store for 2.99US$.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 12, Running and the shock impact of each step.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 12 in our School of Fitness.
    Today's question, running is a super healthy aspect of any fit & healthy lifestyle. But the brunt of running too often also put intense pressure and wear on feet and knees and tibia since our lower body absorbs almost all of the impact while we run.
    So how often do the average runner ( in general ) smash their delicate feet's and shin bone into that immovable ground per minute while they are ramping up the miles.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 11, Let us talk about that mighty beast Deadlift and all the stuff it activates.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 11 in our School of Fitness.
    Today's question is as follows, which muscles are activated when you are busy killing it in the gym with the majestic "Deadlift" exercise.
    A lot of people rightfully think of Deadlift as the great full-body exercise. But what do you actually engage and stimulate when you go at it with this bad boy.

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