Author Carol Elizabeth Skog Carol Elizabeth Skog, of Swedish heritage, studied one year at Västkustens Ungdomsskola, in Ljungskile, Sweden thru the Scandinavian Seminar program. The only foreign student with her Swedish schoolmates, Carol rapidly immersed herself into the language, customs, traditions, and foods of her family’s origin.  She gained heart warm bonds with both her parent's relatives, meeting and sharing cultural events and traditional celebrations together.

Ms. Skog’s own life journey—raised in Swedish customs and traditions in the USA,  peaked her interest in her family's heritage culture. Her papa's shared experiences visiting, living and attending school in Sweden growing up, developed a stronger desire for Carol  to one day enjoy the same experiences, visiting, living in and attending school in Sweden. She began writing to Swedish cousins at nine years of age, developing her genealogical quest.

Fulfilling a life's desire, Carol enjoyed living and studying in Sweden, as well as numerous visit enjoying relatives. Over the years she continued her genealogical search, obtaining information from relatives, as well as various archives when living and traveling in Sweden. She also visited areas where both parents families lived and was invited into some family homes from the late 1800's.

Ms. Skog attained a degree as a Scandinavian Studies Major and  a Creative Writing minor at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington.  She involved herself in Swedish cultural organizations. True to Swedish enjoyment of nature, Carol was fond of hiking in Washington state's mountains and wilderness areas, when she lived when raising her three daughters. She introduced her daughter's to baking Swedish cardamon yeast braided coffee breads, partook in Saint Lucia celebrations, attended Julotta (early morning Swedish Christmas service) and danced 'round the Maypole at Midsummer celebrations together.

Ms. Skog lived the divided heart experience, which gave Carol a passionate understanding and knowledge of her strong ancestral bonds. She researched genealogy information back to the 1500' s for both parent's families. Her fulfilling experiences led her penning a most heartfelt genre blended genealogical fairytale, a magical Enchantment Ädventyr.

Enchantment Ädventyr

 Scandinavian Folk Trö (Beliefs) were shared orally amongst adults, with children sometimes listening. Originally Hans Christian Anderson wrote social commentaries for adults that were later simplified into Fairy-tales for the Nursery. My genre blended genealogical fairytale is appropriate from youth to all age adults up to age 100 plus.

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Genealogy/ Family Discoveries: Interest in Genealogy is a life long venture, as my experience began at age nine and is ongoing.  🙂   Most amazed, since writing "Enchantment Ädventyr",  a Swedish relative suggested in late 2014, I join, MyHeritage.com   Since then, I  discovered more fascinating info concerning my Swedish heritage from both parents. Very surprised, but most pleased, I now traced  directly back to the early 1340's on my mama's side and to the early 1400's on my papa's side, thus far. 

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I will be adding Posts in the "New" Blogs categories of: Folklore/ Fairytale/ Beliefs,   Genealogy/ Family Discoveries,  Holiday Customary Foods,  Swedish Traditions/ Celebrate Customs, and Travels/ Scandinavia and Bavaria

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Bind bandet kärleksbandet Sveriges barn till fosterlandet

Bind bandet kärleksbandet
Sveriges barn till fosterlandet

Bind the bands of the love bands
Sweden's children to the fatherland   

**********************************************************************************************************                                  Ms. Skog is currently penning a Victorian Historical Novel,  opening scene New York City, 1890.  Double tragedy already befell the family. Was a third soon to occur? The historical tale of the young family’s unexpected grave predicament intertwines the status of women, the biggest social plight in NYC, and extreme class divisions and conditions. Historical, political and cultural events, flow through the plot. Marie and her mother, portray perseverance, tenacity and resilience when tumultuous circumstances abruptly obliterated their known privileged world into sheer gut wrenching survival. Desperation, decisions, directions eventually ventures the family from Hoboken, New Jersey to Rock Island/ Moline Illinois. The plot echoes haunting circumstances, former decisions twists not repeated, and triumphant hope-filled choices of love.

Contact Carol at nordicscripts@gmail.com