Fall 2020

While the house has largely been the domain of women, men have strong domestic leanings, too. For poet Seamus Heaney, home gives us our first memories of intimacy and belonging. Valerie Andrews shares love letters to the home from literary men, from Pablo Neruda to Paul Auster and Michael Chabon.

Samuel Butler’s novel about Utopia was inspired by his years on a New Zealand sheep ranch.

After living on two continents, a Nigerian activist tells his daughter how to find a home in the world.

Warren Farrell explains why dad-deprived boys are at risk for suicide, depression and learning disabilities — and what kind of care and attention they need at home.

Conan Doyle aficionados are recreating Holmes’s possessions at 221b Baker Street down to the last fictional detail — and honoring his bond with Watson.

Pythia Peay’s father, a World War II aviator, had hard time coming back to the family farm. She explores why American heroes soar so high then face a terrible descent.

Before Jude the Obscure and Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy was an architect.  In this tale, he describes a couple who set out to build the perfect home.

Can you pedal long enough to power up your house?  Adrian Bennett says no, but thinking about the energy you can produce with your own body is a useful way to reframe the energy debate.

William Butler Yeats compared life to a long sea journey.  Along the way we encounter all manner of trials and impediments, then come home to what is true and holy in ourselves.

Worth rewatching: Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida explore the Millennials’ frustrating search for a place they can call home — just in time for the baby.  

Terry Ebinger reviews a new film about a man who lovingly restores the Victorian his grandfather built — after it’s been sold and lost to gentrification.

Architect Anthony Lawlor describes a man’s need for sacred space and creative solitude — and how to get this at home. 

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

In this documentary, a sound expert travels to the quietest place in North America to bring us an increasingly elusive stillness. 

A New York street musician takes his Steinway to Washington Square and serenades the neighborhood.

The poet travelled to Italy in search of the perfect villa and his obsession cost him everything. What went wrong?

Photographer Richard Russo discovers the poetry of Berkeley gardens—and a new way of understanding home.

Popular Articles

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

Physicist Brian Swimme explores the role of chaos, awe, and wonder in our new  Creation Story.

Our belongings aren’t just passive objects here to do our bidding, says C. G. Jung.  They have personalities and adventures of their own.

The Slow Housekeeping movement is about making a nourishing home. Here are some tips on  how to create your own domestic rituals. 

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