I have a lot of inertia and tend to stay in one place for long periods of time.  This is especially true for homes.  I’ve only moved about six times in my life and have only lived outside the San Jose area for one year and for nearly six decades I’ve lived within 4 miles of where I was born.

Just a century ago this would have been normal, but these days  it isn’t.

I just get comfortable in a place and tend to just make the best of whatever is around me.  My father was like that, but my mother wasn’t.  Mother had a wanderlust that was seemingly insatiable and if she wasn’t traveling, she was planning her next trip.

Now at 60 and newly retired I find myself living far from where born.  My life packed into boxes and deposited in the garage of the new house.  It’s a different state, a different city – a different place far from my known world.

But yet there are still many familiar things here.  There’s a grocery store, a garden center, a coffee place, a gas station, the annoying neighbor, the helpful neighbor, and one who’s a little of both.

I’ve often wondered what the word ‘home’ really means.  In times of stress, I’ve been known to say, “I just want to go home.”  When you say that in your own house, things might not be going as well as you’d like.

There are a number of phrases and idioms that attempt to define home:

  • Home is where you hang your hat
  • Home is where your heart is
  • Home is where you story begins
  • Home is where you place your @ (for you computer nerds)

Home could be that place where you find comfort and rest or it could be a place where your story starts.

That place where the adventure begins.

and a few pictures of Reno from the park behind our neighborhood:


Looking towards Reno airport. My house is somewhere on the left.

From a different angle. You can’t see my house in this picture.

Reno at night.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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31 Responses to Home

  1. Onward to a new adventure! (Lovely pics.)

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  2. What a shake up this must have been! I wonder if this beautiful new place has begun to feel like home when that thought comes (I just want to go home)?

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  3. Beautiful photos! I hope your new home soon feels like home. It’s funny, but I’ve often thought the same thing in times of stress: “I just want to go home.” It’s not a place so much as a state of mind…

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  4. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    We wish you both the very best and I am sure you will enjoy the next stage in life. I have also read home is a place where we can move about in the dark 🙂 Regards

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  5. Being a stranger in a strange land is a bit surreal isn’t it? It’s the excitement of a new adventure tinged with a bit of sadness for what was left behind. But it sounds like you are settling in! Now go unpack some of those boxes! And make something out of wood!

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  6. tjsthings says:

    The area looks nice.

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  7. After years of moving around all over the country, I finally got to move “home” (the area where I grew up) over 20 years ago and I’ve been here ever since. Hope you settle in nicely in your new home – it looks great from the photos!

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  8. George says:

    Grest photos….much happiness in your new “home”

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  9. Christi says:

    This will be a good change of scenery for you Andrew. I predict the desert landscape will provide the right inspiration for your poetry. 🙂

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  10. Sue says:

    I love the photos! Looks like a beautiful area. I don’t think you’ll regret moving closer to family.

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  11. I love to see you settling in, Andrew. I haven’t moved in 35 years. But I’m getting close.

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  12. Baydreamer says:

    Beautiful photos!

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  13. Charlotte says:

    The landscape is beautiful!

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  14. jfwknifton says:

    My grandad lived within five miles of where he was born all his life,except for three years fighting the Germans in WW1 and five or six years in eastern Canada working for CPR. My dad lived within two miles of where he was born all his life,except for six years fighting the Germans in WW2. I have moved forty miles to Nottingham and stayed there. I have liked all the Germans I have met so far.

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  15. PiedType says:

    “Home is where when you go there they have to take you in.”

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