open invitation no. 52: home

What do you love about home?

In January Julie Cox wrote a blog post with the simple title, “Home.” It took my breath away and was one of those bits that tucked into my heart, and my writer’s spirit played with the ideas and the words. I’ve been thinking about writing on the topic of home since I read Julie’s post.

The invitation is to use “Home” as a mentor. Mentors are important to writers because they offer inspiration and training. Perhaps Julie’s writing will serve as a mentor for topic choice. Perhaps it will serve as a mentor for writing in real and raw ways. Perhaps it will serve as a mentor for a craft move.

Julie opens “Home” with these words —

I have lived in Kentucky for my whole life, but I haven’t always loved Kentucky as much as I do now. When I was younger, I was embarrassed that this state was my home. My family loved to travel, and when people found out where we were from, they might check our feet for shoes or compliment us on the great chicken. I’ll never forget a Florida cousin who let her boyfriend talk to me on the phone so he could find out what a southern person sounded like. How much farther south than Florida can you get?


*Remember, you don’t have to accept this invitation…but I do hope you will accept the invitation to write. Sharing our stories is magical.

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Open your blog and write a post. Just write.


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Use one of these images so we can find each other…and you can invite others to share their stories with us!

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Published by Ruth Ayres

Unhurried. Finding the magic in the middle of living. Capturing a life of ridiculous grace + raw stories.

18 thoughts on “open invitation no. 52: home

  1. Bravo Mom! – I am adapting the mantra – As long as I can do it, I’m not going to sit and watch someone else…
    Thank you for sharing. And a hug for your mother!


  2. oooooh, home, lol. When will I get in sync with the invitations? lol. I had spring in my mind … and the daffodils on my watercolor pad. Perhaps as always I must be creative in my explanation, lol. Creativity, art, nature — they are, in many ways my home. Oh, and Italy … it’s not my home but boy do I love it, and while looking for a photo for this post I was reminded of a spectacular educational trip I took to Italy. Perhaps that will be another home post. We will see.

    Have a fantabulous day, all!

    Matisse and Me

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    1. I miss the home I grew up in. I sometimes drive to my hometown and just circle and circle the block, visit my schools, visit my church, visit my friends’ home. Everything has changed, but the memories. Thank you for this.


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