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Updated on March 20, 2010
Lindisfarne, The beginning of the Viking Age
Lindisfarne, The beginning of the Viking Age
Some light fun at the neighbors village
Some light fun at the neighbors village

A Viking has landed on HubPages

In 793 AD, the Vikings began their age with a bloody splash, landing their longships at Lindisfarne monastery in Northumbria, England to pillage, burn and enslave the monks there who were unable by training and temperament to resist them. In 2010 AD, a descendant of those Vikings living in northern Minnesota begins a terrible reign of verbal mayhem and unknown adventure, landing his longship on the shores of HubPages. Hopefully all who are on shore will be unable to resist reading this Norseman's view of life's sagas. A Norseman enjoys a good fight as much as anything, so please feel free to speak your mind as if you were in the longship out plundering with me !!!

 

What's that funny smell ???

Life in the longship drags on this time of year in northern Minnesota. We get a few days where the temperatures are in the 40's and (Oh my Odin !!!) even the 50's, only to switch back to the usual 20's an 30's whenever the yearly "global cooling" event called winter decides it wants to. As winters go, this past one wasn't the meat grinder winters will be if one lives in the north enough decades. Inside the longhouse with Twins baseball on the radio, sniffing the air of what's slow cooking for dinner is a fine way to spend a Saturday when the gray winds of the north-country spring are howling outside.

Contemplation of all that ails you is natural when the relentless pursuit by life's difficulties takes a wrong turn, or stops for lunch and gives you a breather for a while. Obama-care; a two-front war on terrorists; China making everything, owning America's debt, and becoming a superpower that makes the Soviet Union look like a mountain clan in Afghanistan. How about America being multi-"trillions" of dollars in debt, crime picking up the pace as near record unemployment rises, and Brett Favre not yet committing to another year for the Minnesota Viking's football team. The Minnesota Twins Baseball team without their closer Joe Nathan is almost too much to bear, when they start the season with a brand new ball park and enough team talent to once again take them deep into the post season. Ahh, at least we Americans aren't fighting a second civil war YET, the soldier boys without shoes, dry ammunition, or something to eat on a regular basis. The cause was long lost before they could call it quits, let them head home now for some red-eye gravy and grits !!!

I believe there seems to be a "philosophical" civil war raging in America today, If we as a nation are divided almost evenly, 50/50, on our political outlooks, where are we to look for some common ground? The church was a place at one time where sinners of all minds and classes and economic status could be together at least 52 times a year. I do not attend and am not personally involved with anyone who regularly does, friends, family and co-workers all. War was once a cause that brought out the sacrificial nature and the "best instincts" of the American people. Rationing, lying about one's underage to enlist, knowing personally someone who was involved directly with the war, killed or wounded by it, during whatever era the war was fought would bring Americans together as a nation. On the recent anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq, I saw a protest of young hippie wannabes, and old hippie has-beens marching at the intersection of the main streets in my town, carrying signs that read "US end all wars now", and "If you support our troops, bring them home". This made me wonder what would our beloved soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen be doing if we brought them home now ??? Unemployment currently is bad enough as it is without adding more qualified persons to wallow in it. So too, taking away the chosen work of our military men and women, who are the best trained of their kind in the world, would be like keeping our most capable carpenters and bankers, physicians and bloggers sitting idle on their hands in reserve, waiting to use their incredible skills on a task that most hope and pray will never occur.

This being my first "hub", I want to keep it short, and reveal an eeny-bit of the style and the things that I will post here as they invade my thoughts in the future. My hope is to settle on a single subject, and wring most all of the value out of it as my abilities will allow. If my mental meanderings can begin a discussion it will be my purpose of being here. As I said, "ya gotta start somewhere". We will find out now if "practice is the road to perfection" in that very small section in the back row of life called reality. };>{>

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    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed reading your debut Hub. I can appreciate your concepts and I look forward to reading more of your work here on HubPages.

    • bountyhunter_ga profile image

      bountyhunter_ga 

      8 years ago from Dwasonville,Ga

      My young man well spoken if I may say so myself. Being of Norwegian decent myself, and growing up being hollered at in Norwegian and most of the time not knowing what the hell was being said, I understand.

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      valeriebelew 

      8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Very well written. I am actually a Georgia resident, somewhat progressive, but not an anti war type. The idea that we could ever be totally without war or conflict, belongs in the fiction section of the library. Looking forward to more of your writing.

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      Lee Barton 

      8 years ago from New Mexico

      I'm a fellow Minnesotan and Norwegian who really enjoyed reading your thoughts. I do so hate those PC folks who try to tone down the Viking's bloody deeds, though I try to keep my pillaging and plundering on an intellectual level only.

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