|The Guardians of the Rock River in Rockford Illinois|
|Bar Harbor, Maine|
|South Dakota badlands|
I took a trip back to Maine about 10 years ago (really? yes, really. totally amazing, that time passing thing), and figured out that Maine was really in my past. It still is a great place that I still love, but it is not my home anymore and I don't really want it to be either.
|Kanab, Utah, home of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary|
Lately life is conspiring to remind me that I really am that midwestern girl. I finally succeeded in getting South Dakota Public Radio to able to be streamed on my computer, and I've been taking advantage of that. Did you hear that series on Marketplace on public radio about Sioux Falls? Sally T. has now moved to Michigan. Minneapolis is taunting Chicago about same sex marriage. Stories about Detroit are all over the radio. Today I heard a long radio program that featured the band Cheap Trick, some of the more famous people from Rockford. Rachael Maddow mentioned the place the other night in a story(which did serve to remind me that my hometown is a thoroughly red place too). Just one thing after another.
|Anderson Japanese Gardens, one of the very best Japanese gardens in the whole US .... well worth a visit and one of the best things about Rockford|
I know that what I want is to have someplace small with a lock on the door and the key to the lock in my hand. When I unlock the door, I want to find my things that I like and that comfort me. I want the Smokey Rose to be there. That's enough. Home is where the cat is.
|Smokey Rose tells me that I'm home when I'm with her|
What's outside that locked door when I go out again? Could be lots of things. Right now it's Salt Lake City. That probably won't be forever. Home is not just a place, it's clearly a state of mind. But the place is important too. There's always something about the place that you have to call home, no matter what.