KAREN ARNOLD'S maternal grandparents immigrated to the United States from Sweden in the early 1900s.
Nearly a century later, the Clary's Forest resident has returned to their homeland.
Arnold, a poet with a doctorate in English, is teaching a course in modern American poetry this fall at the University of Lund.
She went over in July to visit family. She plans to return home in December.
While in Sweden, Arnold will work on translations of 19th-century Swedish women's diaries, a project she began on an earlier visit.
She also plans to participate in a doctoral seminar on women's autobiographies, and she has been invited by the University of Trondheim to give a workshop in creative writing.
Some of the expenses of Arnold's trip are being paid for by grants from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the American Women's Club in Sweden.
Arnold first traveled to Sweden 10 years ago to conduct research for her doctoral dissertation at the University of Maryland.
At that time, Arnold said, she became "really interested in how women who are artists write."
She said she wants to explore the differences in the ways men and women use language, and to look at how women balance their public and private lives.
While Arnold is on the other side of the Atlantic, she won't be forgotten here. Next month, Perry Publishing of Columbia is to release a book of Arnold's poems titled, "Border Crossings."
The custodial staff at Longfellow Elementary School has received a note of recognition from the Howard County Public School System for maintaining a safe school.
Each summer, the school system's Health and Safety Office reviews the records of the previous school year and recognizes schools that have gone at least a year without an accident.
Longfellow was honored for being accident-free for six consecutive years.
Recognized were head custodian Cora Burgess and night custodian Tommy Jones, as well as Leota Young and Peggy Jones.
Health topics on tap
The Town Center Community Association is sponsoring classes
by two local speakers this week at Historic Oakland.
Dorsey's Search resident Fran Dummett will present "Pause & Effect," the first of four classes in a series on "Midlife Transitions for Women," from 7: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. tomorrow.
Dummett, a health educator and middle school counselor, has drawn sell-out crowds in the past for a one-night version of the seminar.
The series will continue Nov. 20, Jan. 15 and March 19.
The fee is $12.50 a class or $40 for the series.
Columbia resident Marc Fischer will offer a class, "CPR: Adult and Pediatric," from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Fischer, founder and president of Medical Training Associates in Columbia, was well received when he gave the pediatric section of the course at Kahler Hall in July.
Fischer, a volunteer paramedic and instructor for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, has been honored by the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services System for developing cardiopulmonary resuscitation training for the public.
The fee for the class is $38, with a discount for Columbia residents.
Reservations are required for both classes. Call the Town Center Community Association at 410-730-4744.
Bargain hunters wanted
If you are looking for bargains, the Village of Wilde Lake is the place to be on Saturday.
The village's community association is sponsoring a villagewide yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Signs will be posted on streets that have at least three houses participating.
The rain date is Sunday.
A flea market and chrysanthemum sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside Wilde Lake High School.
The rain date is Oct. 4.
Parent Liz Factor is chairing the committee for the flea market, which is sponsored by the PTSA to benefit "Chem-Free" programs at the school.
There's still time to rent a space if you have items to sell. The cost is $10.
Information: Factor at 410-964-2927.
Church to welcome 'Waver'
Ed Carlson will be the speaker at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Columbia Church of Religious Science, which meets at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring.
Known as "the Waver," Carlson has spent more than 22 years walking America's highways, greeting people with a smile and a wave. He has written a book, "I Walked to the Moon and Almost Everybody Waved."
Pub Date: 9/17/97