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Jónína Jónasson Britton – lively and going strong at 100

Photo courtesy of Almar Grímsson Author: Almar Grímsson, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland


On January 14, 1915, a daughter was born to Magnúsína Helga Jónsdóttir Borgfjord and her husband, Tómas T. Jónasson, at Engimýri, Icelandic River (now Riverton, Manitoba). The third child in a family of seven, this little girl was given the names Jónína Guðrún, and on January 14, 2015, she will celebrate her 100th birthday.
Jónína’s paternal grandparents (afi and amma) were Tómas Ágúst Jónasson and Guðrún Egedía Jóhannesdóttir, who had emigrated from Gloppa in Öxnadalur in Northern Iceland in 1876 and homesteaded at Engimýri on the Icelandic River in New Iceland after spending one winter on Mikley (Hecla Island). Tómas was the brother of Sigtryggur Jónasson, often referred to as the “Father of New Iceland.”

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A farewell interview with Ambassador Guðmundur Árni Stefánsson

Photo: Erna Hákonardóttir Pomrenke Author: Erna Hákonardóttir Pomrenke, Manassas, VA


Friends and other well-wishers bid farewell to Iceland’s Ambassador to the United States Guðmundur Árni Stefánsson and his wife, Jóna Dóra Karlsdóttir, at a reception held at their residence in Washington, DC shortly before Christmas. They are returning to Iceland after a busy and successful three years of dedicated service to their country. Mr. Stefánsson has been a visible, approachable, supportive and well-liked representative who went out of his way to not only execute his official duties but also to bring together the various Icelandic communities and events in the United States. He recently took time out of his busy schedule before departing to answer a few questions for L-H.

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Iceland Writers Retreat an amazing experience

Photo courtesy of Tom Goodman Author: Tom Goodman, Stonewall, MB


A few months before it occurred, I read an article in Lögberg-Heimskringla about the first annual Iceland Writers Retreat being organized by Eliza Reid, a Canadian ex-pat married to an Icelander, and her partner, Erica Green. And what a program they had assembled! There would be a past winner of the Giller Prize, a past winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a past finalist for the Man Booker Prize, and several other distinguished authors.
I knew it would be rewarding experience, even for somebody like me, an aspiring writer with only modest credentials. I would also have my first opportunity to visit the land of my grandparents, a long-held dream of mine.

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