Spring 2020

What can this epidemic teach us about  the value of spending time at home?  How might it change the way we do business, raise our families and tend our inner lives?  And how can we make the home a sanctuary in the days ahead?

Physicist Brian Swimme explores our new  Creation Story then tells us how the universe thrives on chaos and destruction.

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

Deborah Coburn shows us how to use nature to create a soothing room and blend a house into the landscape. 

A Chicago developer is turning old homes into low-income housing and teaching residents to raise bees.

David Andrews meditates on Desert Sunrise during a cross country drive. 

Edward Dougherty considers the desires of common household objects.

The dust of Cairo is composed of mummies, Coptic cloth, Islamic walls, ancient bronze rings. Karma Pippin describes breathing in these mysteries.

Alev Lytle Croutier follows four generations of women from last days of the Ottoman Empire to the birth of modern Turkey. Her narrator is a house.

Psychoanalyst Gilda Frantz tells how she got rid of old boxes and memories that were clogging up her life — with the aid of a friendly Guatemalan shaman. 

Edgar Allen Poe calls out bad taste, and men who opine about carpets but “could not be entrusted with the management of their own moustachios.”

Sara Evans describes some of her favorite things and asks, “Why do people collect?” She also tells Millennials why they ought to care about old things.  

How is our creativity shaped by the place where we grow up?  A look at the childhood homes of  writers from Gertrude Stein to John Waters.

How does music become our emotional home?  Here’s a report on pop-up musical salons and finding refuge in everything from Mozart to the Rolling Stones.

C.G. Jung dreamt about a house with many storeys, each one going further back in time.  From this he created a blueprint of the human psyche. 

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 How are we reinventing home as an intellectual salon, a mindful sanctuary, a hub of creativity and commerce?  

W.S. Merwin found keepsakes that allowed him to continue a conversation with his parents long after their passing, 

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?
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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