From The Editor: There’s More To “Home” Than Meets The Eye

Photo by Randy Stern
Photo by Randy Stern

In past issues, I referred to “home” as a concept and a real part of life. It is more than just a place to rest your head, work, cook, and enjoy life. A destination after time away from it.

We also know how much it takes to create a home. Maintaining it inside and out. Insuring it from disaster. Protecting it from harm. Creating space for those who are welcome.

It’s easy to get conceptual and pithy about “home.” The reality is that it takes a lot to make it yours.

No matter what hardware or home improvement store you show up to on a Saturday morning, you’re looking for that one solution to stop a leak at a faucet. You saw a wonderful flower that looks perfectly in your garden or planter and want to see how to maintain it through the season. Your couch has been destroyed by your favorite pet and it bugs you to look at it.

The truth is that these are a part of life.

Our fortress needs to be taken care of. We bring our significant other home in hopes that one doesn’t get too critical about something that isn’t right. Our kids have to made welcome, so they can study and play in your environment.

Our culture is a practical one. LGBTQ+ people know full well how important ”home” is to us. We expect to be safe, secure, and comfortable. If we are not, then we must find a way to do so. 

If you live somewhere, you have to put in the work to ensure that you can still live there. That’s your reality check for this issue…

Speaking of this issue, we bring you to the home of KSTP-TV’s meteorologist Matt Serwe. He and his husband welcomed us in and let us know about that delicate work-life balance that often escapes us when we’re in the public eye.

If you’re looking for serenity at your home, add a water feature to it. We have some suggestions on how to make your backyard pop with a fountain or a stream inside of it.

Plus, find out more about insuring your home. You don’t want to get caught in a situation where you are not protected from a catastrophe that can create major inconvenience in your life.

Let’s not forget that the Minnesota State Fair is about less than a month away. Our handy guide will help you navigate through one of the state’s biggest gatherings.

Now, make yourselves at home. Relax and read this issue.

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