This edition has a seasonal theme that brings the focus back to the magazine’s core goals, ideas and values. The issue features personal essays, simple recipes, meaningful photo essays and portraits of people living the good life.

It’s our life

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This northern nation still calls the aurora borealis revontulet, which literally translates to “fox fire.” Legend says that an arctic fox dashed across the tundra swiping snow up into the sky, while others claim his bushy tail caused sparks when brushing the peaks of tall mountains.

According to Norse mythology, female spirits called Valkyries chose who lived and died in battle. They escorted the most heroic who fell to Valhalla, the “hall of the slain,” which was overseen by Odin. The Vikings believed the lights were the reflection of the Valkyries’ armor and shields as they led the dead to their final resting place.


In ancient Sweden, the term for the northern lights was sillblixt, which translates to “herring flash.” They believed the aurora was caused by the reflections of light off the scales of large shoals of fish swimming in the sea. If a fisher spied the sillblixt, it was considered a prophetic sign they were about to stumble upon a particularly large haul.


Danish legend speaks of the swans that held a competition to see who could fly the farthest north. Some birds became caught in the ice and tried to escape by flapping their wings. This flurry produced the waves of the aurora borealis.

Perhaps the most playful explanation for the sky’s colorful ripples comes from the indigenous populations of North America and Greenland: They both believed the lights came from the spirits of the dead in the afterlife playing soccer with a walrus skull.