What is HOME?
Some people say where the HEART is and others add & the WINE …
Well, you can relax where people are singing, most of the time, however findig the right home or place is not as easy as it sounds for millions of people!
According to the Dictionary.com, home is a noun that refers to the place where a person or animal lives. Home can also mean a location where something is native or very common. Home is also used as an adverb to describe something that occurs to, toward, or at a home1.
In general, home is more than just a physical space. It is a place where people feel safe and comfortable. It is where people can be themselves and feel like they belong2
There are many benefits of owning a home. Historically, the biggest advantage of owning a home is long-term financial security. For decades, home ownership in America represented stability because the housing market almost always went up in value, rewarding homeowners with equity and also a way to borrow money, should the need arise1.
Other benefits include tax benefits and other financial benefits to home ownership. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the average U.S. home price grew a staggering 80% from 2012 to 2022. For many homeowners who opted to sell during the past decade, the market growth provided remarkable equity1.
Another benefit of owning a home is the ability and freedom to make changes. Whether it’s something as simple as painting a bedroom or something complex such as a complete kitchen remodel, when you own a home you can make changes as you see fit2.
More about country and HOME and the use of language and music and grammar and more here soon …
Vaterland – The Land of my fathers …
Mutter Erde – The Planet and why female?
Updated by #phb on Tue 30 May 2023
As a fan of Country & Music, I WILL EXPLAIN LATER HERE, WHY I LISTEN TO COUNTRY MUSIC WHILE WRITING AND BLOGGING …
My Slogan in short “Music Is The Language”
When I was a little boy aged 7 and living with my grandparents in the True North Of Germany between Hamburg and Denmark, my Granny used to say: Never ever sell LAND …
No, you don’t have to be rich to own your own house. Historically, the biggest advantage of owning a home is long-term financial security. For decades, home ownership in America represented stability because the housing market almost always went up in value, rewarding homeowners with equity and also a way to borrow money, should the need arise1.
There are many programs available that can help you buy a home with little or no down payment. For example, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) offers loans with as little as 3.5% down payment2.
If interested, read more via my Blog on Education
Some of my former students in Germany, Namibia and Australia have asked me when studying the US – Literature written by Hemingway or John Dos Passos or Scott Fitzgerald: Do I first have to become RICH to be happy?
Interesting question for sure …. And my answer as an Educator was not the easiest one:
- Why do you ask this question, think first then ask!
- What means RICH for you?
- What means SUCCESS for you?
- What means Happiness for you?
Ach, wer da mitreisen koennte …. (Eichendorf)
Read more about my life as a SHS – Teacher of German and English in various countries of the world …
Visiting the Capital of Country Music in Australia TAMWORTH, NSW
A Melodic Journey in Rural Australia
As an avid traveler and enthusiast of country music, my adventure led me to the charming town of Tamworth in rural Australia, where I spent an exhilarating 10 days immersed in the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival. This report aims to share my experiences and impressions of this iconic festival, which takes place every January and attracts country music lovers from all corners of the globe.
The Tamworth Country Music Festival exudes an infectious energy and vibrant atmosphere that permeates the entire town. From the moment I arrived, I was greeted by the sight of bustling streets adorned with colorful banners, live performances echoing through the air, and enthusiastic festival-goers donning cowboy boots and wide-brimmed hats. The palpable excitement and sense of camaraderie created an immersive environment that was impossible not to be swept up in.
One of the festival’s highlights was the sheer abundance of performances taking place across multiple stages and venues throughout the town. From large outdoor concerts featuring renowned artists to intimate acoustic sessions in cozy cafes, the festival catered to a diverse range of musical tastes. I had the opportunity to witness both established stars and emerging talents, each showcasing their unique style and contributing to the rich tapestry of Australian country music.
The Tamworth Country Music Festival provided a platform for the celebration of Australian talent, both established and emerging. I was thoroughly impressed by the caliber of musicianship and artistry displayed by local Australian country music artists. Their heartfelt performances and authentic storytelling resonated deeply with the audiences, showcasing the depth and richness of the country’s musical heritage.
At the heart of the festival was a strong sense of community, fostering connections between artists, fans, and industry professionals. This communal spirit was evident in the numerous impromptu jam sessions and collaborations that occurred throughout the festival. Musicians, both renowned and lesser-known, eagerly shared their talents, creating a collective harmony that transcended boundaries and united everyone in the universal language of music.
Beyond the music, the Tamworth Country Music Festival offered a unique opportunity to immerse myself in Australian rural culture. Local artisans, craftsmen, and food vendors showcased their wares, providing a glimpse into the region’s rich heritage and traditions. I relished the chance to sample traditional Australian cuisine, engage in lively conversations with locals, and witness the genuine warmth and hospitality that embodies the Australian spirit.
My time at the Tamworth Country Music Festival was a memorable and enriching experience. The vibrant atmosphere, diverse range of performances, celebration of Australian talent, sense of community, and cultural immersion all contributed to the festival’s unique charm. The Tamworth Country Music Festival stands as a testament to the enduring power of country music in bringing people together, fostering connections, and celebrating the rich tapestry of Australian musical heritage. It is an event that will forever hold a special place in my heart as a cherished memory of my journey into the heartland of Australian country music.
Updated soon with photos from my archive: I first went in 2002 and revisted Tamworth in Jan 2023 with the Love Of My Life.
From the Gold Coast in Queensland with my best wishes yours
As Music Is The Language, pls listen to
Every Fool Has A Rainbow on Youtube …
Last not least Reinhardt Buhr south of Table Mountain Cape Town RSA on Youtube
Alan Watts on Life and Work
Never work without PASSION!
Last update on Thu 1 Jun 2023.
Roadtrip 2022 / 2023
THE COUNTRY has many faces …. here the Tweed and Northern Rivers area as seen from the Gold Coast: Just cruising on weekends and back in the late afternoon or caravaning in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Last Update on Wed 21 June 2023 by #phb
And last not least: Music Is The Language