Skip to main content

Welcome to The Hearth!!  New time and ever changing places to gather.

This is a friendly gathering and open house for House of LIGHTS group, friends, and our neighbors here at DailyKos.  It is a place where we learn more about each other, the very normal lives we lead, the moments of PTSD we encounter, and to share the support and encouragement with others that drop by.

Jump below the firefly's light path to enter...

Here is the current state of my back yard:

This was the year that I said - New Beginnings!  And I finally got to hiring someone to clear out the jungle that once was there.  It fell into neglect as my mother, weeder extraordinaire (but not a gardener), was ailing as she grew older and Parkinson's hit her thereby limiting her mobility, and then my years of caring for her.  Well.  These things happen.  And so a jungle grew.  It was, however a much loved area for nesting of many wildbirds - and every year I'd say - oh, I'm too late, I can't clear out now!  The cardinals and house wrens are nesting back there.  Or, I can hear the catbird feeding the babies - can't destroy their homes now!!!  endless procrastination....

But now!  New Beginnings.  What shall I do?  Build a Hearth?  I am seriously thinking of putting something in that space that will be inviting to humans and wild critters alike.  Oh, I love the planning.

From these thoughts of Hearths and blank canvases, it brought to mind the finale of Sunday in the Park with George by Stephen Sondheim:

White: a blank page or canvas... so many possibilities.
Any ideas???

:-)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

For those of you joining us for the first time - some information about The House of LIGHTS:


House of LIGHTS (Loving Inspiration, Giving Hope To Survivors). A place for survivors of physical, sexual, psychological, and emotional abuse, assaults, and bullying. A place for the people who support them. A quiet place for all voices to be heard. A safe place where we can learn to educate, support, and protect our children and each other.

In House of LIGHTS diaries we tell our stories, heal, support each other, and learn how to protect and empower our children.

LIGHTS: Loving inspiration, giving hope to survivors: LIGHTS.

We have a purpose: To heal ourselves, to speak for the victims, and to change our culture. The silence is over. We accomplish our goals one story at a time.

Everyone is welcome.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site