Summer 2021 A REINVENTING HOME SAMPLER

For a time, home was a window on the world—an odd encampment where we zoomed through business meetings, online schooling and classes, while longing for the camaraderie of the crowd and public celebrations.  What will the balance of home and outside activities look like in the months ahead?

The best-selling novelist talks about immigration,  feminism, and how women make a home for one another.      

James Hollis on the benefit of enforced introspection, and how literature helps us find a sense of sanctuary. 

Poet Ann Robinson describes cleaning houses in Marin County in the 1980s when the money flowed and so did the drugs.

Shoshana Zuboff  says our digital helpers aren’t manna from the gods — they’re here to steal our data and our privacy.  Should we worry?

How to move beyond our “fight or flight” response to access both empathy and compassion.  A better way to deal with personal and cultural differences.

 Who feels at home in America?  Pulitzer prize-winning historian Joseph Ellis checks in with Thomas Jefferson,  Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. 

Alev Lytle Croutier follows four generations of women from the last days of the Ottoman Empire to the birth of modern Turkey. 

Mary Reynolds Thompson tells how to rewild your imagination and get in tune with your surroundings with some simple writing prompts.

How did minimalism become a household obsession?  Here’s what modern art has to say about the messy art of living.

A room can fulfill many practical functions while also serving as a soulful space, according to architect Anthony Lawlor.

Novelist Marilynne Robinson examines our tenuous hold on a place and asks why some of us are natural nesters and others born vagabonds.

C.G. Jung’s  homes reflected two sides of his personality—the cosmopolitan psychoanalyst and the recluse who lived on a lake. 

Oxford philosopher Roman Krznaric insists that we can leave a livable planet to our children.  But only if we to learn to how think long in a short-term world.

…if we wish to keep our planetary home. Environmentalist Thomas Berry says we must make sure that all of our institutions serve the community of life.

Sara Evans tells how fathers can ignite the imagination, instill a love of reading, and help kids feel secure.

Warren Farrell says dad-deprived boys are at greater risk for suicide, depression and learning disabilities

 Here’s how to create your own domestic rituals and enter an imaginative relationship with household appliances.    

Our possessions aren’t just passive objects here to do our bidding.  They have personalities and adventures of their own.

Duncan Parsons on saying “I’m sorry” to the the goldfish and dealing with a loved one’s absence.

David Andrews finds Desert Sunrise,  Indian Paint Brush, and Kumquat on a cross-country drive. 

What does it mean to fall in love with a sofa, a painting, or a vase? Why do we value the contents of our homes?

 When  choosing a partner, look carefully at where he lives and how he tends his rooms.

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