Friday, October 06, 2006

Friday Random Ten

  • Jackson Browne, "Doctor My Eyes". "Doctor, my eyes cannot see the sky. Is this the price for having learned how not to cry?" A classic.
  • Aladdin soundtrack, "A Whole New World". We learned to sing and sign this one in fifth grade!
  • Peter, Paul and Mary, "Oh, Rock My Soul"
  • Kathy Mar, "Child's Song". A melancholy song about leaving home.
  • John Lennon, "Imagine". Music just doesn't get much better than this. Certainly a song we need to hear.
  • Jackson Browne, "For a Dancer". "Keep a fire for the human race."
  • Gaia Consort, "Falling". Walking is falling and catching yourself.
  • Johnny Cash, "The One on the Left is on the Right". No, it's not about Congress, but it is a very funny song about a folk group torn apart by political differences.
  • Kathy Mar, "Flowering Green". Talk about getting what you deserve!
  • Wishing Chair, "Three Doors". A song about Ellis Island.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Home and the Big Here

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I'm a fan of WorldChanging, and a couple of weeks ago, they posted an essay that I've been meaning to comment on. The question raised in the essay is, "Where is home?".
"Home is a fiercely individual concept: it's hard to articulate all the elements that make a 'home'; our location, and notion, of home may change over time; we may not be able to live at home for various reasons; and how we are comfortable with our environment and the people around us are all, I think, wrapped up in this notion of 'home.'"
I lived in Los Angeles for 16 years but don't think it was ever home to me. Some parts of it felt comfortable and I developed emotional attachments to my high school and the LA Eco-Village, but the city itself was simply there. Furthermore, I did not particularly like the there. When I think of good things about LA, I think of people, not places.

Where is home, then? For most of my life, I've had a deep emotional connection to temperate deciduous forests. I don't know what it is about the forest landscape that makes me feel peaceful and comfortable, but it's powerful. Two years ago, I got to spend a summer at Cranberry Lake Biological Station in the Adirondacks and upon arrival, I immediately felt it to be home. It was there that I hit upon the phrase, "Home is where what is inside you matches what is outside you".

What about now? I'm living in Athens, GA, which has the forests I so love, although many areas are still dominated by pine. There are many things -- and people -- I like here, but the city does have problems. (The public transportation system sucks!) Will Athens become home? I don't know yet.

In connection with this, I will start doing Kevin Kelly's "Big Here" quiz, which provides a structure for exploring the place where you live. Stay tuned for question 1!