Hiraeth

In preparing a spoken word and cello reflection entitled 'Hiraeth' (the Welsh word meaning a longing for home), I have been reflecting on the notion of home. Of course, home is more than house, more than bricks and mortar, more than a solid and fixed point. But home can contain those things as well as be contained by them. Homing pigeons have an innate, home-calibrated compass, as do cats and dogs. And we humans are driven to seek that same sense of comfort, safety and containment. Those who travel for their profession often carry knick knacks or other accoutrements in order to invest their temporary accommodation with a sense of home. We often use the German word, gemütlichkeit, to describe

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