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A. Catherine Noon: Home — What Izzit?
Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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They say, “Home is where the heart is.”  James Otis said, “A [person’s] home is [their] castle.”  There are books on buying a home, creating a home, remodeling the home you have, loving your home, and making a second home.

But what, exactly, is “home”?

For me, I don’t feel “at home” unless there are books, a piano, and cats.  Failing cats, at least pets of some kind, preferably mammals.  That’s what’s necessary to make it not just a house, but a home.  I’m always puzzled by people without books.  I’m told there is a creature who is “not a reader,” but that is as alien to me as breathing the atmosphere on Venus.  And no pets?  What blasphemy is that?

More esoteric, perhaps, is the existence of a piano.  I wander, room to room, wondering what’s missing, and if I see a piano, I stop, comforted.  Somehow, the fact of the piano calms me and lets me know I’m in a place that can be called a home.

While musing on home, and creating art, and music, and all sorts of other things that writers muse upon at the crest of a new year, I created the mandala above.  It’s a word art representing the question of “What is home?”

But I’m curious, Dear Reader:  what makes you feel at home?

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings

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9 comments to “A. Catherine Noon: Home — What Izzit?”

  1. A. Catherine Noon
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    · January 8th, 2015 at 9:38 am · Link

    Thank you, Delilah, for hosting me at Chez Delilah! It’s great to be here.



  2. Shirley Long
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    · January 8th, 2015 at 11:24 am · Link

    Home??? Home is my sanctuary, my safe place and my heart. I’m a BIG home body so I spend a lot of time in my home. Love to be here with just me and my husband. We may go for hours without saying a word and that’s ok. Wherever we are, together, is home.



  3. ButtonsMom2003
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    · January 9th, 2015 at 1:05 am · Link

    My laptop, Nook HD and Sleep Number bed with adjustable frame, my fur baby and my hubby make home for me.



  4. A. Catherine Noon
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    · January 9th, 2015 at 8:23 am · Link

    Hi, Shirley! That sounds so romantic. 🙂 I like the idea that your home is the people, in the form of your husband, rather than the place.



  5. A. Catherine Noon
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    · January 9th, 2015 at 8:23 am · Link

    Hi, ButtonsMom! I love the Sleep Number bed idea. That made me chuckle out loud. 🙂

    Thanks for taking the time to comment!



  6. Vi
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    · January 10th, 2015 at 3:35 am · Link

    Home is comfort, peace and safety. It can include God, family, friends, animals, smells, tastes, activities, scenery, music or art, even things. Whatever makes you feel those feelings!



  7. A. Catherine Noon
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    · January 10th, 2015 at 6:15 pm · Link

    Hi, Vi! I think those are good things to include on one’s list. 🙂

    Thanks for taking the time to comment!



  8. Ginger Robertson
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    · January 14th, 2015 at 9:55 pm · Link

    Hi Catherine

    What makes a home? It’s what makes you feel at home. For me, it’s my books, a throw on my chair, a few soft pillows, family pictures, plants and special do dads.

    I’m with you on the books but not on the pets. But that’s what so great about what makes a home for you and what makes one for me.

    Thank you Delilah for having Catherine as a guest today. And, what a wonderful thought thinking question.

    Thank you ladies for your time,
    Ginger



  9. A. Catherine Noon
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    · January 14th, 2015 at 9:59 pm · Link

    Hi, Ginger! Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to comment. I like your description of the things that make you feel at home. 🙂

    Thanks again!
    Noony