Exploring Home Conversations

Agnes Biswalo, 25

I think the world is a confusing place. And when I can’t make sense of things, I feel like God is what holds me together and gives me meaning. I think of home as the place you return to, and …

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AJ Briscoe, 37

In my household, growing up, the kitchen was a big deal. We kind of congregated around food. I always came to my grandmother’s house—and even in my mother’s house—and the smells would just …

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Albert Nyembwe, Age 64

Home is a place where you can express yourself, where you feel good, and where you have a good life . . . a place where you have good relationships with people. Back home, you know your neighbors…

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Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ, 81

What comes to my mind is peace, belonging, wholeness. I once swam in a bay of Lake Superior where the water was bracing, transparent as air, and I could see each ripple and tiny pebble on the sandy bottom far …

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Bennett Kouamé, 11

[At someone else’s house] It would be kind of different if I were with my friends ’cause they’re not my family, but they’re still my really good friends. And friends are different ’cause, like, I can always rely on my family, but friends, like sometimes…

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Bernadette Newton, CSJ, 83

I spend a lot of time out of my apartment with other people and interacting with people and when I come back to that apartment and close that door, that space becomes my sanctuary…

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Brian Mogren, 49

I try to create an experience of home for everyone who comes here to the St. Jane House in North Minneapolis. When people come here, [they] have this experience that we’ve been waiting for them. Their …

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CeCe Ryan, 73

Home is a place of love, where love is. And, my house is a home now because my love, my love still dwells here, but the beautiful love that I had with my husband no longer…

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Chhimi Wangchuk, 43

Some people have to re-invent home many times in their lives. Either spiritually or physically, you know, some people have to run away from war and famine and natural disaster and sometimes even prejudices and…

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Cindie Kouamé, 39

When I hear the word home, I think of who surrounds me. Who’s here in my life helping me up, maybe pushing me down, even though they don’t want to be pushing me down or maybe they are pushing me down. …

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