ANSWERS TO GO with Susan Smith

Q. Please help me find the source of this quote: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin.”

A. This quote is found in Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom.” If you’d like to read this book, the library has a copy.

Here’s the complete quote: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Q. What is “hygge?”

A. This patron took home Signe Johansen’s “How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life.”

Johansen defines hyggge: “A Danish/Norwegian word that translates as a feeling of coziness, hygge can also mean kinship and conviviality.

“If mindfulness is about the self and looking inward, hygge is about being sociable and looking outward; it’s about taking pleasure in the simple things in life, in fellowship with kith and kin. Food and drink are at the heart of hygge.

“Nature undoubtedly sets the pace in the Nordic region. We feel the call of the outdoors at all times of the year – a bit of bad weather never stopped the Vikings from their raids. For us, to be active is to be alive, and life takes place as much outdoors as indoors.

“Underpinning hygge is a craving for simplicity, an urge to pare everything back to basics. Jettison the anxieties and clutter of modern living to free up your time and energy to make the most of life.”

Johansen includes chapters on outdoor pursuits, self-sufficiency, the Nordic kitchen, interior design, as well as cooking and sharing meals.

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