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You Can Go Home Again So Long As You Realize The Many Ways That Home Is No Longer Home

You can go home again so long as you realize the many ways that home is no longer home.

The view here is from this afternoon in Cincinnati’s great Mt. Echo Park.

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September 4, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Nice Happy Home In Galveston

Here is a nice happy home in Galveston, Texas.

The house is painted in cheerful colors and has various drawings of things connected to the sea.

I bet this house has been worked on since Hurricane Ike. The house is an affirmation of recovery after a bad event.

April 5, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

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

I Am From All Four March 4 Primary States—We Can Define Home As We Wish

Presidential nominating primaries will be held in four states on March 4.

These states are Rhode Island, Vermont, Ohio, and Texas 

I consider all four states to be my home states.

 

(Rhode Island State House in my hometown of Providence.) 

We can define “home” in many different ways. More than one place in the world can be your home. 

I lived in Rhode Island for 12 years. I lived in Ohio for 18 years. I’ve lived in Texas for almost 10 years. I spent a summer in Burlington, Vermont while I was in college and I have family in Vermont.

 ( View of my hometown of Burlington, Vermont)

All four places are part of the person I am. 

I have friends and/or family in all these places.

I’ve had interesting experiences in all four places. 

Most individuals are larger than just one place.

  

 (Skyline of my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.)

We can define for ourselves where we are from, and still not lose sight of the fact that we are part of a society and that we do not have full discretion over our personal identity. 

This is no contradiction.

We all have an internal and an external life. The boundaries between the two fluctuate based on our decisions and outlook, and, also, based on circumstance.

(Here is an example of my hometown of Houston being temporarily redefined by circumstances beyond its control–In this case Tropical Storm Allison. A reminder we are not entirley masters of our identity.)

Maybe you view home to be a specific house where you’ve always lived. Maybe you’re at “home” with certain people or with a certain person. Maybe you are a citizen of the world. Maybe you are most at home when alone. 

You may have many different definitions of “home.” I think this is a good idea because it makes more of the world seem a hospitable place.

Within some broad limits, it is your call where home is in your life. 

Please click here for a Texas Liberal post on defining family as you choose.

Please click here for a history of the Texas nominating primary.   

February 15, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Cincinnati, Politics, Texas, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments