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Joan Eyolfson Cadham: former editor dies suddenly


Former Lögberg-Heimskringla editor Joan Eyolfson Cadham has passed away unexpectedly at her home in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan. She was found at her desk on the morning of Wednesday, October 28th by a friend who had gone to her home to take her to a medical appointment.
Upon hearing of her death, L-H board chair Peter Johnson praised Joan for her devoted service to the paper during her tenure as editor. “She was a gifted writer whose love of all things Icelandic shone through her work.” Current editor Stefan Jonasson added, “our staff and volunteers are heartbroken by the news of Joan’s unexpected passing. Her lively spirit, joyous whimsy, and shining creativity enlivened the pages of our paper and she set a high standard of excellence.”
Raised on a farm near Leslie, Saskatchewan, Joan attended a one-room country school until her family moved to Foam Lake. After completing high school, she moved to Toronto and began writing professionally. A combination of frequent moves, owing to her first husband’s career, and the arrival of her children – Joe, Ruth, and Inga – led to a break from writing, but the urge to write for a living was eventually rekindled. She returned to Foam Lake in 1992, with her second husband, Jack Cadham, and resumed her creative work as a freelance writer, editor, and storyteller. In addition to books and articles of her own, she helped numerous aspiring writers bring their works to publication.


That day when the women of Iceland stopped working and everything changed

  Author: Patrick Murfin, Crystal Lake, IL

Ah, plucky Iceland, how we love you! Although you missed the news if you relied on mainstream media, recently Iceland sent 26 of its once powerful bankers to prison for their part in the schemes that led up to the 2008 economic crisis which nearly destroyed the economy. No country fell harder than Iceland in the worldwide crisis. But almost alone it did not react by scrambling to bail out the banks whose reckless conduct brought on the disaster. Instead the banks were allowed to fail and new ones were created to serve the domestic economy. Stockholders and foreign depositors attracted by the banks’ debt-driven swashbuckling in world financial markets were allowed to eat their losses while the new state-owned banks protected and guaranteed Icelandic depositors and forgave much mortgage debt. The policy drew howls of protest from the world banking establishment and not a few dire threats. As a result the country saw an arduous and difficult recovery, but one that has outpaced the still somewhat stagnant recoveries of the U.S. and Europe.


Music, fellowship, and a surprise

Fiddler Jett Emerson Author: Erla Wankling, Winnipeg, MB

The fourth concert of the 2015 Neil Bardal Concert Series opened with the Sólskríkjan Choir’s annual Haustfagnaður Autumn Celebration, conducted by Kerrine Wilson. Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Consul General of Iceland in Winnipeg brought greetings.
The choir’s first set of six songs was introduced by the amiable emcee, editor of Lögberg-Heimskringla, Stefan Jonasson. The choir displayed their growth and potential as the first song Ísland ögrum skorið set the tone. They completed this first set with the tango rhythms of Við gengum tvö.
We were delighted to hear Heather Antenbring, who described the history of the saxophone through the years, as we enjoyed her nimble playing of both classical and jazz numbers. Particularly interesting was her enthusiasm for Charlie Parker’s music as she demonstrated the interesting chord progressions in Blues For Alice.
Jett Emerson, grandson of Deanna and the late Cecil Isliefson, gave us some fine fiddle playing on the violin, which his grandfather made especially for him. Jett is in grade seven, enjoying his music and sports activities at the Mennonite Brethren Collegiate. We look forward to hearing more from this talented young musician.


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