From the Editor: Home is Where The Heart Is

Home is where the heart is.

You can feel the essence of home whenever you walk into the door, take off your shoes and get comfortable after a tough day’s work. It is the goal for any of us who put in the time to take advantage of your domain to relax, recover, and settle in to do it all again.

What makes a home worth living in? You appreciate it better after an extended period of time away from it. I’m not talking about coming home from a vacation here – unless that vacation turned out not the way you had envisioned it.

A good example is from a recent extended health issue that landed me in the hospital for longer than I anticipated. That, on top of being transferred to a transitional care unit to get physical therapy and further care. For the stretch of over six weeks, I was constantly yearning to get home.

Through that stretch of time, I never took any time off of work. I’m always working no matter what. Wi-Fi becomes your friend, as does the phone. The laptop was always on, as was my e-mail.

Yet, there is nothing like the comfort of home. From a good wi-fi connection to a comfortable bed. Plus, all of the amenities and comforts you created in your home.

Every day throughout my six-plus weeks away from home, I yearned for all of the above. Since being discharged, I enjoyed being in my familiar environment. It is a good feeling to say that with pride.

For this quarterly Home and Garden issue, we are featuring a famous name in windows – Andersen. We will be spotlighting the Bayport-based window producer’s Renewal program. Plus, a renovation company called New Spaces, where they will transform your home into something of a dream. They have great ideas for your home, too!

What’s a home without art? The Minneapolis College of Art is holding their 10th Annual Auction of works by their students, alumni, and faculty. That, along with the annual Art-A-Whirl and its focus on the studios and works throughout the Nordeast Minneapolis Arts District. Between these two events this month, there is something that would bring a spark to your humble abode.

We always offer a twist to our issues. That twist comes with the new Artistic Director at the Minnesota Orchestra, Thomas Sondegard. We get to chat with him about what he brings to Orchestra Hall starting this coming season.

Before I let you go deeper into this issue, we have three big issues coming up after this: The Small Town/Community Pride issue, the Pride issue, and our Lavender Community Awards. All leading up to this year’s Twin Cities Pride!

This summer, make your home as proud as you are! It all starts with putting your heart into where you live!

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