Category: Love & Belonging

Tethered Hearts

To be tethered is to be connected, fastened, bound, or confined.
To be tethered is to be home.

Contemplating Suicide

Living–really living–is a perpetual act of suicide.

Before & After We Marry, Part 1

After a wedding, you are never really the same. Once we marry, a part of us is gone forever. Even as we embrace our new joined lives with joy, we need to honor what we leave behind.

Belonging, Part 2: my Story

My own story of belonging is both different from and similar to Brené’ Brown’s. Since I didn’t fit in, I used my oddness to my advantage. That worked as a kid but hurt me as an adult.

Belonging

We all have a need to belong. In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, belonging is smack in the middle of the pyramid, right there with love.

Our Body, Our Home

John O’Donohue wrote, “The body is your only home in the universe. It is your house of belonging here in the world.” But what if we don’t feel at home in our bodies?

Strive for the Best, Not for the Past

Too often we create home based on what we’ve known and what’s familiar. But that’s not always what’s best. True comfort often requires us to move beyond the past.

Going Home

Sometimes going home is wonderful. Other times, not so much. Each going home is filled with expectation and hope. If our visit is good, home burrows further into our hearts and psyches. And if it is not, home loosens its grip.

White Lutheran Memories of Racism in the 1930’s Midwest

My mom was certainly a product of the time and the place in which she was raised. But she wasn’t restrained by it. By the 1970’s she was a vocal advocate against racism. Prejudices run deep, but then CAN be overcome.

Finding Home – With a Dog

There’s a lot being written about staying home these days. Discomfort. Anxiety. Isolation. Depression. The truth is, many of us struggled with “home” even before the pandemic. I don’t have the answers. But I can tell you how having a dog makes a huge… Continue Reading “Finding Home – With a Dog”

A Home-cooked Meal

So much of who I am and what I love was shaped by my time on Grama Baird’s farm. Technically no longer hers, by then it was owned and operated by her grandson, Mick, who lived with his family across the field. And technically… Continue Reading “A Home-cooked Meal”

Home is a Human Need. Is it a Right?

Home, in the most fundamental sense, is where are essential needs are met. During the Covid19 pandemic, many Americans are struggling to keep a roof over their head. Others are wrestling with what it means to feel safe. Where does the need for home fit within a struggling economy?

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