A story I really didn’t want to share

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I don’t know about your mornings, but at my house, mornings are stressful.

I remember one particular November morning a few years ago. We live in Oslo, Norway, so outside it’s pitch-black and snowing. I’m tired.

I’m rushing to finish making the school lunches for my kids when I realize school starts in thirty minutes. We’re going to be late!

“Axel, Ella, are you guys ready? Let’s go!!”

My six-year-old daughter Ella comes and grabs her lunch box. I help her with her coat and boots.

“Axel, where are you?! LET’S GO!!

Axel is nine at the time, and he’s…


The Secret, Corrupt Political History of the Nobel Peace Prize

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The Nobel Peace Prize as we know it is corrupt at its core. Sometimes the Nobel Peace Prize Committee hands out Nobel’s medal to people and organizations that deserve it. Other times it has a different agenda. The history of the Nobel Peace Prize and the United Nations is complicated: sometimes it’s a “safe choice,” other times, it’s a “kick in the leg” to the U.S. government.

The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 has been awarded to the UN’s World Food Program for its efforts to combat “hunger as a weapon of war.” The United Nations is a long-time favorite of…


What we can learn from Trump’s nomination to the Nobel Peace Prize

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On September 8, 2020, Fox News announced that President Donald Trump had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2021, by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament. Then, on September 10, Trump was nominated a second time by Swedish parliamentarian Magnus Jacobsson.

According to Tybring-Gjedde, Trump has done more for peace than most other Nobel laureates. Though Trump seems to ignite controversy wherever he goes, in this instance, Tybring-Gjedde has a point.

According to the nominations:

  • The Trump administration has played a key role in brokering peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “As it is…


A story of self-respect, growth, and making room for new friends.

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“Who are you to write this story?” she asked with contempt in her voice. “You, with your penthouse apartment overlooking the water and too many pairs of shoes in your closet.”

I felt a storm building up inside, my cheeks warm, and my chest and stomach tense. It was an evening in the fall of 2016, I had just moved back to my home country of Norway after twenty years abroad — and I took my Swiss husband and kids with me. That night, my husband and I were hosting a dinner with some of my childhood friends.

While I…


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The Nobel Peace Prize is probably the most prestigious and sought-after prize in the world. It brings fame, money, and countless opportunities to the laureates. No other award is followed by just about every country in the world and commented on by just about every newspaper and television network.

The Nobel Peace Prize is also a controversial prize. Some of the laureates have been widely criticized by the media, including Yasser Arafat and Henry Kissinger.

Although the Nobel Peace Prize is extensively covered by the media, there are still a lot most people don’t know about the prize.

Here are…


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One of my all-time favorite movies is Cast Away. Remember that movie? Tom Hanks plays the DHL employee Chuck Noland who is on a cargo flight that crashes into the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Miraculously, Chuck survives and washes up on an uninhabited island and, like Robinson Crusoe, lives there alone for four years before he finally manages to build a raft strong enough to sail off so that he can be rescued by a ship.

If you saw the movie, you’ll remember that during part of the film, there is no dialogue. Chuck is all alone and he…


A modern fairytale inspired by The Ugly Duckling

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Once upon a time, an unpolluted city with golden high-rises, evergreen spaces, and architectural freeways gleamed in the sunlight. Numerous swimming emporiums embellished the public parks, and every creature who walked the planet was as beautiful as their surroundings. Finally, scientists had created a perfect society. At least, that is what most people thought.

In a sunny apartment in one of the complexes by a park, Ingrid and Magnus overlooked their six babies, born from artificial insemination at one of the city’s many fertility clinics. But one of the babies looked different…


A reflexion on extremism and violent attacks

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I initially wrote this piece in the aftermath of the Paris Attacks in November 2015. Sadly, it is as relevant today as it was then.

Yes, ISIS is the enemy, but there’s an even greater enemy that lives closer to all of us. That enemy is fear. Since the attacks in Paris in November 2015 and in Brussels in March 2016, I felt shock when I realized how close to home the terror struck.

Then forty-nine people were shot and killed in a gay nightclub in Orlando. All the perpetrators claimed a link to ISIS. As recent as three days…

Unni Turrettini

Mom. Writer. Truth-teller. Working with high-achieving women around their issues with power https://UnniTurrettini.simplero.com/page/186320-list-signup-with-vid

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