by Tom Swift

Later, when I spoke with [friend] Jarle [Nesvaag], I understood better why natural beauty is so important to the Norwegian national character. Earle explained the importance of jordnær, or nearness to the Earth, which includes embracing your past. “My parents were hard workers, fishermen and farmers. Happiness is about accepting who you are: your family history and what your past is. Don’t deny where you are from and what your parents have done to get you to where you are,” he said.

-Eric Dregni, “The Height of Happy,” StarTribune, 6-11-2017