Inga

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  • Let Inga Tell You: Dells and dales and vales

    Let Inga Tell You: Dells and dales and vales

    LET INGA TELL YOU: When Olof and I lived in Sweden and had the opportunity to take a trip above the Arctic Circle, we were not surprised to learn that the Sami (formerly known as Lapplanders) had some 1,000 words related to reindeer. (The word tundra, by the way, is Sami). The Sami traditionally...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Please listen carefully

    Let Inga Tell You: Please listen carefully

    LET INGA TELL YOU: I continue to be puzzled that no matter what business number I call, the recording advises me to "Please listen carefully as our menu options have changed." Inquiring minds want to know: What is it about business phones that they feel compelled to constantly change their menu...

  • Let Inga Tell You: The Case for Letting Yourself Go

    Let Inga Tell You: The Case for Letting Yourself Go

    LET INGA TELL YOU: When my young granddaughter was visiting one weekend, she queried, "Mormor, why do you always wear the same thing?" I turned to my husband, Olof. "I think I've just been fashion-shamed by a 5-year-old." As I explained to her it only looks like the same thing. I actually have...

  • Let Inga Tell You: When more is not more

    Let Inga Tell You: When more is not more

    LET INGA TELL YOU: Being defeated by an alarm clock was definitely a new low in my ever-deteriorating relationship with technology. The iHome Color Changing FM Dual Alarm Clock Radio + USB Charger was actually a Christmas gift from my younger son and his wife. Message to kids: I don't know how...

  • Let Inga Tell You: It was in the cards

    Let Inga Tell You: It was in the cards

    LET INGA TELL YOU: I still have the now slightly-moldy handmade card my older son Rory gave me for Mother's Day when he was 10: You've been like a mother to me, it reads. In point of fact, Rory had no lack of mothers in his life. He had a biological mother. I was his adoptive mother, and my ex-husband's...

  • Let Inga Tell You: How we became a canine dentist's dream

    Let Inga Tell You: How we became a canine dentist's dream

    LET INGA TELL YOU: Boy, have I had a chance to eat some words. And since they involve teeth, the phrase is apropos. A little more than a year ago, I wrote a column about brushing dogs' teeth which at the time I found to be an absolutely hilarious concept. When I was growing up, every household...

  • Let Inga Tell You: A pilot makes pizza

    Let Inga Tell You: A pilot makes pizza

    LET INGA TELL YOU: When my engineer husband announced he wanted to make homemade pizza, I recognized a thinly disguised excuse to use the fancy stand mixer that he bought to make cookies for my book event two years ago. This is a man who has never met a gadget he didn't like. He was dying to use...

  • Let Inga Tell You: Rotten Apple — iPhone 7

    Let Inga Tell You: Rotten Apple — iPhone 7

    LET INGA TELL YOU: I know some people who can’t wait to upgrade their cell phones when a new model comes out. Personally, I’d rather eat my own organs. Anyone who has read my column for a while knows that I have a hate-hate relationship with technology. My antediluvian view is that it should make...

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