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2005:  Move Over, Julia
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2009:  An Apology
2010:  Beyond Livid
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2015: A Labor of Love
2016: Cutting Age Technology
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2 June 2020

I have acquired a new pen pal from Finland, who is an excellent writer, and  eager to share information about each of our countries.  Walt and I visited Finland with Char and Mike on our way to our Russia cruise, so we have been in Helsinki 2 days (on the middle day we took a ferry to Estonia so we could add another country to our list), which isn't exactly "visiting Finland," but Helsinki was nice. My main impression was that I didn't know how children ever learned to spell, since words are so long in Finnish.  She agrees with me and wrote,

Finnish is not a particularly easy language. The media and the young people are however simplifying it rapidly -- I'm glad to say. The words are often long, as you mentioned, but another factor to complicate is the conjugation. I´ll give you an example. You say: my house, your house, his/her house, our house, your house, their house. That´s simple enough but house in Finnish is "talo", how do you like the rest: minun taloni, sinun talosi, hänen talonsa, meidän talomme, teidän talonne, heidän talonsa! In spoken language and on press is changing/ha changed into: minun talo, sinun talo, hänen talo etc. Thank heaven for that. And that isn´t even the strongest example! How would you like to try to learn/grasp words like: päärynänkäärökärsäkäs? It appeared in a crossword and means an insect bothering pears.

The coronavirus experience is quite different in Finland:

There are often nice -older-people by the river enjoying the spring and a chance to talk with passers-by. You still have to remember to keep your distance because of the you know what monster. There haven´t in fact been but one or two new instances of the Corona virus in these parts of Finland. There have been some in the capital region but we´re about 600 kilometres from there. Only about 300 people have died from it in Finland

Imagine living in a country where only 300 people have died of COVID-19.

Finland has its problems with immigrants too, sounds similar to our Mexican farm workers:

My country is in desperate need of people willing to work in the fields as your country has always been. The strawberry fields and raspberry bushes and I don´t know what kind are growing and soon will be in need of picking. We can´t import as many foreign workers from, for instance, the Ukraine now.  The need is about 20.000 workers. They really want to work in Finland earning the wages of a normal working year in a few months. Our unemployed and laid off people probably think the work in the fields too hard and keep enjoying the benefits.

She mentions Trump:

He gets all the attention all around the world, it really disgusts me. I watched him winning the race and couldn´t but wonder. Mrs Clinton was not the perfect choice but still.

Why do you think your people elect such old people to take charge of your country -and they really have the power. Our president doesn´t have any, he only gives his opinions - sometimes he would like to exercise more power but luckily cannot.

Our new lady government has been very successful in handling the crisis. Can you imagine it, more than ten young women in charge! I love it! All those old men surpassed. Great!!!

 She always includes bits of history in her letters (I've had three so far this week and they are all quite long).  She is really eager to learn about other countries and I can see that corresponding with her is going to involve a lot of study on my part so I can keep up with her!

She's 72, divorced and has 2 daughters, granddaughters, and a live-in partner.  She has a niece who is gay and married to a woman from Bolivia.  I don't know if it is a legal marriage or not -- or, if it is legal, when gay marriage became legal in Finland -- but my pen pal is very happy with them and has no signs of homophobia.  I wonder if this is common in Finland....

Anyway, I am finding her an interesting person and think I will learn a lot about a country I had never heard of before we passed through it briefly.



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