Episode Five: Home

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
— T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding
Seeing this ridiculous animal soooo soon.

Seeing this ridiculous animal soooo soon.

Christmas is nearly upon us, and I'm thinking homeward thoughts. In about a week I'll be headed home. I can hardly wait to bury my face in my golden retriever's fur, stare at the sky from my window-side bed, go to my favourite coffee shop with my mama, and sip hot chocolate by the tree. 

I think home is wound deep in the human psyche. The oldest stories are about homeward journeys, like Odysseus fighting every peril hoping his home and beloved await him. The oldest grief is exile. The most primal need, is the safety, warmth, and food of home. 

But what exactly is home? Is it a place? Is it the people you love? Is it a feeling?

Today's episode will ask this question: Where is home? 

And I'd love to hear from you: where is home for you?

Show Notes:

Where is home?

1. Home is Where you Belong

Literary: Pilgrim's Inn by Elizabeth Goudge

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There was hope...

There were still children in the world, and while there were children, men and women would not abandon the struggle to make safe homes to put them in, and while they struggled there was hope.

Elizebeth Goudge (1900-1984) was a prolific British Novelist. Her books focus on the drama of ordinary human life, and she writes with a startling clarity and incisive insight to human psychology. J.K. Rowling specifically cited her work The Little White Horse as an inspiration for the Harry Potter books.

2. Home is Where Life Happens

Visual: Paintings by Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) was a moderately sucessful painter in his life who went on to be declared as one of the masters of the Dutch golden age. His few paintings are simple in composition and usually capture small, ordinary moments of life. He is famous for his use of light which make these ordinary moments shimmer with seemingly timeless meaning.

The Milkmaid, 1658.

The Milkmaid, 1658.

Almost all his paintings are apparently set in two smallish rooms in his house in Delft; they show the same furniture and decorations in various arrangements and they often portray the same people, mostly women.
— Koningsberger, Hans. 1977. The World of Vermeer
The Geographer, 1669

The Geographer, 1669

Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665.

Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665.

3. Home is Where There is Hope

Musical: New World Symphony and African American Spirituals

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Harry Burleigh


Henry (or Harry) Burleigh was one of the first African American Classical composers and a man famous for his rich baritone voice. He introduced Dvořák to the African American Spirituals. These spirituals provided the inspiration for many of the melodies of the New World Symphony composed by Dvořák


Antonín Dvořák 


The version I play on the podcast is from the Prague Festival Orchestra with Pavel Urbanek, which I encourage you to look up on iTunes!

P.S. My mother and sister wrote a BEAUTIFUL book on home, which you should read. I've read it. It's amazing. 

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