Some of those old sayings get uttered so much, we no longer hear what they’re saying,
“Home is where the heart is,” is one of them. Perhaps we say it so much because it’s true
For Steve, who has traveled and lived throughout North and South America — on the back of a bicycle, in a bus, on foot — home feels distinctly more so in rural areas. Meadows, trees, grass, an unfettered view of the sky — surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, Steve is at his happiest
And yet, nature is not in a vacuum, and adding to the depth of these rural areas are the people who live in them. Many of these people derive some or all of their living from the land on which they live, and the time they spend coaxing a grafted fruit tree to “take,” or weeding a garden bed, or clipping chicken wings so that the birds don’t fly into the tomato patch and decimate it, is time spent thinking, observing, breathing in good air, and listening to the subtle sounds of daily life, far from madding crowd.
Too often today, the term Homeland is used to express a sense of patriotism to a nation, or to our notion of a nation, but our Homeland is more than rhetoric. Our Homeland is just that, the land where we live — freely, we hope — love our family, grow our gardens, and pursue the gifts and talents we have been given, free from despotic control and regulatory dominance.
Such freedom is not, or ever, to be taken for granted, and if we are to enjoy the Homeland which we have been given to live in, we must be constantly vigilant to maintain and uphold those freedoms.
Homeland 1 is one of a series of three paintings, the originals of which have been sold. They greet visitors of a large medical center, and it is hoped that the serenity and peace they extol comforts the hearts and minds of those who see them.
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