The Treasure Chest of Living

 The home should be the treasure chest of living.
– Le Corbusier

Venice, Italy


 Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
– Charles Dickens

Al Hudaydah, Yemen

Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm, a refuge, a happy place in which to dwell …
– Marvin J. Ashton

Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir

Tawi-Tawi, Philippines

Every one of us needs a home. The world needs a home.
There are so many young people who are homeless.
They may have a building to live in,

but they are homeless in their hearts.
That is why the most important practice
of our time is to give each person a home.
– Thich Nhat Hanh


Home is any four walls that enclose the right people. 
– Helen Rowland


It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I’ve gone and come back, I’ll find it at home.
– Rumi, (Jalal Al-Din Rumi, 1207 – 1273)


 One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.
– Margaret Mead

Shigatse, Tibet

What power can poverty have over a home where loving hearts
are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the
head and heart?
– Orison Swett Marden

Svalbard, Arctic

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
–  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


My home…It is my retreat and resting place from wars,
I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest
outside, as I do another corner in my soul.
– Michel Eyquem De Montaigne, 1533 – 1592

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home…
– John Howard Payne

Barcelona, Spain

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs,
and returns home to find it.
George Moore



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about my latest book In Search of Elsewhere.

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22 replies on “The Treasure Chest of Living”

My favourite photo is the first one in Venice.

All those windows open, laundry hanging, bright paint. I’ve often wished I could live like that with my house wide open for all to be free to enter and the wind and sun flowing through. Alas, I live in Manitoba, Canada – prime real estate for mosquitos and some of the harshest winter weather. LOL.

But I can dream…

As always your work inspires. These images are intimate yet informative. I admire your work and your eye.

Love your work…but is it a work or a way of watching the world?!… thank you to touch my heart.
Sylvie from France

These are breathtaking. I don’t know how you just keep on doing it with every photo. Your gift to the world. Thank you!

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