What is it about a place that makes it more like a home to you? Where do you call home, if anywhere, and why?
There is no stereotype of a home, just as there are no stereotypical emotional responses. Each of us has a unique origin and life experiences, even when born of the same mother on the same day. Our awareness of, and interest in, past connections differs. Our hopes and expectations for the future differ.
Having lived in Australia for over twenty years now, I am just starting to feel at home here. I do not understand why the BBC still reports that Australia is a British nation. It has never been British, and it never will be. A few thousand people from Britain have been transplanted here over the past couple of hundred years or so, intermingling with the original inhabitants, the wider environment, the wider world, and a few thousand refugees and other migrants from many lands.
BBC - Why are so many Britons leaving Australia?
Having spent several of my teenage years at school in the Highlands of Scotland, I know that I will probably never feel at home in Scotland. I never had a sense of belonging there. Nor would I ever feel at home in London, though I did live there for several years in my early adult days.
I never felt at home in North Wales, though I had several weeks of holiday there each summer during childhood, and I am still drawn to certain places there for reasons of nostalgia. Until recently, I felt that the countryside and cultural heritage of central England gave me a sense of home, and especially of belonging, but now that has disappeared. Maybe it is because the last of my grandparents died there last year.
Perhaps you find that a desire to be with certain people draws you back to a place. Perhaps it is a sense of obligation rather than a feeling of desire, especially with an older relative who is growing more dependent on others. Sometimes it is an economic necessity rather than any coherent longing for a sense of home.
How, then, do we create a feeling of home and belonging wherever we happen to be?
24 November 2011
21 October 2011
If you have ever changed your name, or some other aspect of your identity, do you feel better about yourself now? As "Via" I do not really have a surname or family name at all, though I do sometimes use "Peace" as a sort of surname when sending emails.
08 September 2011
07 September 2011
06 September 2011
Do you reveal a great deal about yourself in your own blog(s)? It is so easy to find out all sorts of things about a person by discovering if they write a blog, use online social networking tools/toys, and let down their guard when it comes to the security of their personal information (and that of others).
01 September 2011
I tend to be annoyed whenever I can't find something around the house. It is not that the thing is a part of me, but that objects can help me to define the useful and healthy routines of my life, and help to jog my rather poor memory. Most of the books I own are reference books because I am not very good at remembering facts.
BBC article on owning and storing items
BBC article on owning and storing items
12 August 2011
As a family historian, as a social scientist, and as an independent scholar, I find census information very interesting. Yet I am the sort of person who is sensitive about issues of privacy, for myself and others.
19 April 2011
If your image is important to you, especially if you are currently looking for a job or seeking to expand a business, then it may be wise to think of how others may see you - and how they imagine you to be through your online presence.
28 March 2011
I wonder if a society where people have all sorts of creative, non-traditional names would be one where there is no embarrassment about being known by a name that in another society might sound funny, silly or even shocking.
25 March 2011
11 March 2011
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08 March 2011
07 March 2011
One of the features I have noticed when reading biographies of historically significant figures is that many were, in adolescence and early adulthood, forced by their fathers to train as lawyers.
21 February 2011
17 February 2011
One of the most popular topics of literature, whether non-fiction or fiction, is human life. The lives of famous individuals are frequently of most interest, as the contents of many bestseller lists may indicate. But how truthful and authentic are those biographical works?