“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell

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The first tipi that I remember is one my dad built for me when I was about four years old and was made out of a blanket, broom and throw pillows. Pop turned the broom upside down and put it into the middle of the living room sofa, put the blankets over the top and used red corduroy round throw pillows to keep the ends down.

Dad used to make these tipis for me at night when he let me stay up late while mom was working the 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. shift at the hospital. I remember getting into the tipi and lying on my stomach with hands propping up my chin as I watched the black and white television set with dad.

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“What is home? My favorite definition is “a safe place,” a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It’s a place where people share and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.” – Gladys Hunt

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“In life, a person will come and go from many homes. We may leave a house, a town, a room, but that does not mean those places leave us. Once entered, we never entirely depart the homes we make for ourselves in the world. They follow us, like shadows, until we come upon them again, waiting for us in the mist.” – Ari Berk

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