Anita's Notebook - Life is better with stories!


  • DO YOU LIKE STORIES?

  • About This Blog


    A picture of Anita Wirawan in Seattle, Washington.

    My name is Anita Wirawan and I love stories :).
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    Stories can: make you smile -- show a deeper meaning behind something -- or even change your life.
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    I started this blog in 2008 after my brother Jody died & over the years it's become my notebook for stories.

    My mission is to find the best stories to share with you.
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    So go ahead... look around and read some stories!

    If you have questions or comments, text (909) 264-8248 or email me using the form below...

    Yes I will answer :) just make sure you put in your email address:

  • **What are people saying about the stories on Anita's Notebook??**


    Love the stories I've read so far,can't wait for another one!
    -Melissa N

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    THIS IS SUCH AN AWESOME STORY!!!!!!!!!!!
    -Jami

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    hey anita this story was mind blowing and scary .I n my friends freaked out after reading this story ,awesome job man !!!!!!!
    -shylin,rani,shagufa

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    i wanted to thank you for all of your amazing stories.
    -Paniz S

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    i couldn't choose one so i chose all they were all gr8
    -Karina C

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    I love it honey....stuff like that makes me tear up every time...it just goes to show the bond of siblings no matter how much they agree and disagree.
    -Tonja H

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    This is much more believable then that stupid rugrats theory thanks for putting the truth out there :-D
    -Ivy S

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    Haaiiii (: i just started reading your blog, you are amazing :o!^___^ lol
    -Angie M

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    that was soo scary ^ ^ those red eyes gave me the creeps lol
    -Afifa

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    I like more stories as it's near Halloween. I find them quite interesting while I'm in bed for the night. Keep up the good work
    -Tracey C

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    That was an awesome story personaily i love slender man so this story just made my day
    -Evie M

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    i read all of ur stories lol i just love scary stories ^ ^
    -Lolenta

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    I enjoyed the article about Hello kitty's history. I learned many things throughout this article and had a few laughs as well.
    -Charity M

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    I love this story, I love to read your storys before I go to sleep its very exciting and it just makes me wanna read more and more ... Anita, I love your stories just keep them coming. :)
    -Crystal

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    This is a beautiful and heartwarming story. Thanks!
    -Cameron

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    Loved both stories the scary one nd the boy with the coins nd mean waitress :) cant wait for more stories :D
    -Ashley

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    i liked it! can you send me all your new storys plz
    -lilyanna

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    WOW I LOVE THIS TRUE STORY
    -Doralina P

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    Hope you post more scary stories. :D, Loved this! Now we all just need a campfire and some smores :D
    -Sheena

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    it helps me to just come here and look up stories. it also helps me past the time by when im not tending to childern. i loved the story of bloody mary. its my favorite thing to read about. so thank you for puting up this notebook.
    -Desiray M

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    I like this better than the more "traditional" Cinderella stories, frankly.
    -StumbleBum

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    Hi Anita, So this isn't a question, but I recently saw your posts about the Hey Arnold! truth and then, about the Rugrats truth. I just wanted to say thank you writing these posts. I have been wondering the real stories for a long time, hoping that the "truths" I kept reading about were untrue. And now I know they are. You saved my childhood=o) Also, I love stories too=o)
    -Kira

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    The stories you've posted so far have really fueled my interest in legends
    -Joyce S

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    Lovely. Last night I read it, as if I'm a child. The more I read the more I was delighted. I wanted that this be real :). Thank you, I love this.
    -Lizbeth W

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    Oh my god , this is so weird i been looking for answers like this for many years thank you! : )
    -Janyah

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    More STORIES PLEASE ! I love them !!!
    -Brianna C

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    I have been reading your stories for a long time and you have inspired me to look further in to things than just the obvious. you have made my life so interesting, THANK YOU. (:
    -Kate

    DO *YOU* LIKE STORIES?


*Merry Christmas :)*

Hope your Christmas is filled with lots of great stories! It takes the edge off all those awkward family situations…

Lord Of The Rings Christmas funny

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*Awesome Stories To Read For Christmas 2014!*

It’s not Christmas unless you have some awesome stories to put you in the Christmas spirit. Here are some heartwarming, inspirational, and even weird stories to read at Christmastime this year, I think you’ll like them…

1. Picture of Odin inspiration for Santa story

*Strange Origin Of Santa Claus: Odin The Viking God Of War*



2. Inspirational Christmas story of the boy who saved sister

*The Boy Who Saved His sister’s Life*



3. Yule Lad from Christmas story in Iceland

*Trolls For Christmas: A Strange Holiday Story From Iceland*



4. Blind boy Christmas story

*The Blind Boy On Christmas Eve*



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*Trolls For Christmas: A Strange Holiday Story From Iceland*

Christmas Story Yule Lads Troll IcelandYou better not shout, you better not cry, you better not pout I’m telling you why …because trolls will come and steal your stuff and possibly eat you.

At least, that’s how the song would go in Iceland. Because where we have Santa Claus coming down the chimney on Christmas eve, in Iceland their Christmas involves trolls, and lots of them.


THE EERIE YULE LADS

In the old days life in Iceland was harsh and their stories reflected that hardship. For example, to make children behave around Christmas time parents didn’t bribe them with shiny gifts but instead told them stories about how trolls would come down from the mountains and go after them if they were bad.

Christmas Story Yule Lads Iceland ScaryThe trolls were called Yule Lads, and they were the sons of a famous evil troll named Gryla. Born in the mountains, the thirteen Yule Lads lived to cause mayhem, and Christmas time was their favorite time to stir up trouble.

In the days before Christmas the Yule Lads would come down from their dark mountain caves one by one to terrify children in their own particular style.

Imagine that you’re a kid in Iceland around Christmas time in the old days and you’re jolted awake by a thump-thump sound from outside. Trust me, you’re going to want to stay under your covers because that’s not Santa and his reindeer landing on the roof. It’s probably Sheep Cote-Clod, a troll with wooden legs that breaks through fences looking for sheep to steal.

Scary Christmas Story Yule Lads IcelandSee something shining through the window? That’s probably the eyes of Window Peeper, who likes to look in windows before breaking in. Door Slammer is a troll that likes to creep around houses in the middle of the night and slam doors.

Some of the thirteen trolls like to hide under beds, others follow and attack children who happen to be carrying candles. The thing that all of them have in common is that they’re especially attracted by the acts of bad children, even for something as simple as saying a curse word.

You can see how stories of the Yule Lads became a little addicting to some parents in Iceland who wanted to stop their children from misbehaving. Apparently things got so bad that eventually a public decree was made banning parents from scaring their kids with stories of the Yule Lads, and that was the Modernd Day Yule Lads Story Santa Claus Icelandbeginning of the end for the traditional scary Christmas trolls.


SANTA’S REDNECK COUSINS

After the public decree, slowly the story of the Yule Lads were changed to make them less scary.

Children were actually encouraged to attract the Yule Lads to their houses by leaving a shoe on a window sill. If a child had been good then each day before Christmas a Yule Lad would leave a small gift in the shoe, but if the child had been bad then they would leave a rotten potato.

Nowadays the Yule Lads are miles away from the terrifying trolls of the old stories. They are usually shown dressed in red Santa outfits and acting goofy like they’re redneck cousins of Kris Gryla Christmas Story Iceland ScaryKringle or something. But misbehaving kids in Iceland aren’t completely off the hook for their bad behavior, because one part of the old story still survives.

Gryla, the troll mother of the Yule Lads is still believed to come down from the mountains to search the towns for bad children. She slinks in the shadows looking to raid houses of their most ill-behaved kids, then stuffs them in a sack to take back to her mountain cave so she can make a dinner stew out of them.

So maybe it’s not quite safe to come out from under the covers around Christmas time in Iceland… at least if you’re a misbehaving kid :D.

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