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Home is Where You Hang Your Heart

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If you want to know me (really, REALLY know me), you must step inside my home in Aslum. Maybe then you will be able to understand why I yearn for home more often than what is probably normal. A place surrounded by water, it stands between the Aslum River and the big blue sea.

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It is a place where meals are simple yet extraordinary, usually bought from or given to my parents by local fisher folks.

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It is  a place where I can be myself, with no one judging me for being too free-spirited.  It is the sanctuary where I hang my heart- on my sleeve, on the walls, all around. I breathe more easily here, become more alive.

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If you look around closely, you will see things that are not perfect but are beautiful in their imperfection– shells and driftwood discarded by the sea, a chair swept away by the great Typhoon Frank and has somehow ended up in our backyard, tables and chairs made of vines,  and windows with cloudy, rusty panes.

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Surrounded by the bounties of nature and my loving family, I become more appreciative of the gifts I receive. Here, all I ever want to do  is sleep and eat and laugh and be still.

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This place makes me a better person. A  few days spent here rejuvenates my very being and readies me for yet another bout with city life.

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