All of my life I have answered the question, “Where are you from?” with the answer, “Asheville, NC”. That’s where I was born. That’s where my parents retired 17 years ago. There are parts of it that will always be home to me. Then I got married. Maryland became home. Then we moved to Iowa […]
I Love This Place
There’s a German word I wish we had in English: fernweh, which means “being homesick for a place you’ve never been.” I know that feeling well. I bet you do, too. I Love This Place is a series where we ask: Which places cause a longing in our heart to be there, and why? Or, if it’s home: Why do we love where we live?
May this series stir a little fernweh in all of us. I see that as a good thing—because, as Mark Twain once wrote, “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.”
Growing up a preacher’s kid meant that my family moved around a lot. From New Jersey to Florida to Alaska and to several spots in between. But despite all the wonderful people I met, friends I made, and natural beauty I encountered (oceans, glaciers, whales, starfish…) the place I loved the most, the place I wanted […]
What makes a place loveable? Its personality? The people? Sights? Does it have to be beautiful? Interesting? Should it teach you something? For me, yes. Beirut is a diverse, eclectic city whose layers betray the civilizations that have inhabited it. Greeks, Romans, Arabs, the Ottoman Turks, and the French have all left their mark on […]
On the evening news in October of 1969, Walter Cronkite announced to the entire country that Chattanooga, Tennessee was the “Dirtiest City in America.” Declared so by the federal organization that would eventually become the EPA, Chattanooga’s air quality was so poor and smog-riddled, locals had to drive with their headlights on during the day. The truth […]
My hands-down favorite thing about San Diego is how the weather makes it effortless to spend so much time outside. No wait, the food. No wait, the people. No wait, the beach… Okay, it’s hard to pick one favorite thing because San Diego is simply one of the best cities on the planet. I’m the […]