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Who, Where, and What Is Home?

I’ve been thinking lately about the subject “How should we define home?”

Is home simply the structure where we live? The city or town where we live?

Such definitions seem narrow.

I’ve come to the view that home is a combination of people, place, and purpose.

Home can be something we are doing as much as a geographic location. Home can be how we feel when we are with a certain person. Or, if you’re lucky, you can feel at home with more than one person.  

Here is my view of home—

People—Who are people we enjoy spending time with?  Who do we trust? Who can we share memories with? Who do we look forward to being with in the future?  

Place—Where do we feel comfortable?  Where can we most be ourselves? Where do we have past? Where do we have a future?

Purpose—What are the things we do with our time that give life meaning? What has given our lives meaning up to now?

Here are some pictures showing how this defintion of home works for me—-

People—Whenever and wherever I am with my wife, I am at home. Here we are in Boston. There are also friends and family I feel at home with. 

Place—Galveston, Texas has been my home away from home in the ten years I have lived in Houston. It’s a place I can take a walk and think about life. Galveston will recover soon from the effects of Hurricane Ike.

Purpose—I take satisfaction in communicating my beliefs and knowledge to others. I enjoy the process and act of communicating.

These are the things that define home in my life. You will have your own ideas about who, where, and what home is in your life.

September 30, 2008 Posted by | Galveston, Relationships | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Despite Massive Public Subsidy For Stadium, Cincinnati Bengals Are Terrible Year After Year

Despite a massive public subsidy from the taxpayers of Hamilton County, Ohio to build a stadium, the Cincinnati Bengals football team have posted 0 wins and 4 defeats so far in the 2008 NFL season. This is a terrible record.

Not only are the Bengals terrible in 2008, the Bengals have had only one winning season in the past 17 years. 

The Bengals are possibly the worst team in all of professional sports. They may also be worse than any college, amateur or pee wee team.

This is the ninth season the Bengals have played in Paul Brown Stadium. This stadium has been paid for with hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. In these nine seasons, the Bengals have had one winning year. What a lousy team. They’ve let down the public in so many ways. With a free stadium, can’t they put a winning team on the field?

When Paul Brown Stadium was funded, at knifepoint as the Bengals threatened to move to another city, a lot of fuss was made about how the new stadium would economically benefit Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Has any public official who supported the deal ever checked back to see if the deal has really paid off for the people of Cincinnati and Hamilton County?

The Cincinnati Bengals stink year after year. They stink even after they are given the advantage of millions of dollars of free public money. 

Above is Paul Brown Stadium along the riverfront in Downtown Cincinnati. Each time I drive past that stadium, as I do in my trips home to Cincinnati, I think of what a failure of imagination and hope for the future it is for a community to spend millions on a football stadium, and not on the needs of average people.   

I think about how the Bengals bullied the public into approving the stadium deal.

And I think about how the Bengals stink year after year after year.

September 30, 2008 Posted by | Cincinnati | , , , , , , | 2 Comments