Monthly Archives: December 2013

Home

This originally appeared on Facebook as a response to a friend who asked:

What is home? How do you create a sense of home inside you?

After some reflection, I respond:

Home is the place where I belong, truly belong. I may find myself belonging in several places: Pittsburgh, where I grew up; Cleveland Heights where my wife lives and my children grew up; New York, where I live now. But home is the place (and it is not on that list) where my sense of belonging is strongest and most clear. It is the place I yearn for in times of stress and sorrow; it is the place that feeds my spirit and my soul even when I am not there. For me, I knew it was home the first time I arrived there.

Home are the people, past and present, who nurture and mentor me; challenge and infuriate me; love me.

Home is the place that awaits me.

Home is the journey. It is the Trail, in the language of this blog.

Home is a gift.

How would you answer?

See you along the Trail.

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Decision, definition

In my heart
and soul
and mind,
I know.
I have been here before.

I have seen this place.
I have faced this moment.

T is for Trail (800x533)The place of decision.
The moment of definition.

In my heart
and soul
and mind,
I know.
I have been here before.

I have decided.
Frequently.

I have defined myself.
Often.

Decisions, definitions
that shape me.

In my heart
and soul
and mind,
I know.
I have been here before.

I have decided.
Poorly.

I have defined.
Badly.

And I bear the consequences.
Daily.

In my heart
and soul
and mind,
I know.
I have been here before.

And I wonder,
deeply wonder:
will I decide differently,
will I define creatively
at this time and in this place.

In my heart
and soul
and mind,
I know.
I have been here before.

8 September 2013
Shire Near the Hudson

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Resolution?

It is time,
time to begin,
time to begin again,
time to begin again – again.

4 June 2011
Shire on the Hudson
 

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Purple flowers, Cleveland Botanical Garden

Purple CBG

On a cold Cleveland day, in the Botanical Garden’s glasshouse,
around a corner
purple appeared.

28 December 2013
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cleveland, OH

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Purple bird, Cleveland Botanical Garden

Purple bird

“That’s not a flower,” observed my companion as I focused the camera.

“I post other purple things,” I replied.

I snapped the photo and said,

“And I don’t call them flowers when I do.”

28 December 2013
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cleveland, Ohio

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Christmas: Light

Light

24 December 2013
Forest Hills Church (Presbyterian)
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

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Advent 24: Joy

Peace Cranes St. George.jog

2 November 2004
St. George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem

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