What’s on your mind?

This is a new feature on our website that we hope you enjoy.

Each month we will ask a question and post your comments and stories.

This month’s question was posed by Rev. Bill MacKinnon.

What does HOME mean to you?

Read some of the responses we received.

“We are surrounded with family who love us unconditionally, despite our shortcomings. We can be ourselves in all situations-laugh, cry, rant, rage and move on hopefully, learning by our experiences to become a better person. Home is all about problem solving. The magic confronts us-we have lived, loved, lost, laboured and laughed! All is well, we are HOME.”

Gail Merritt

“Home is a warm, safe, comfortable place, where memories are made with family. A place where children and grandchildren can come to celebrate life events. A place where you can have special things around you that have a great meaning. A Place where you belong.”

Verna Timpener

”Home is where ever you are when you’re with the ones you love.”

Norma Janzen

”My sanctuary, my place of refuge.

A place to be all me, to relax, to meditate, to connect with whatever. To express gratitude for each time I enter through the doors. “Thank you Lord!”  Home!

A place to prepare self, put up my feet, have a glass of wine and just be!  A place to lay my head while I rest, a place I love, a sense of peace, just to be home. How I give thanks for a place to call home.

In these times, I am especially grateful for home, and all that it provides for me.”

Yvonne Wright

”When I think of home, I think of where I live at this moment first. It is a little disorganized at the moment more so then ever. I have a home office setup which I don’t normally. I’m also working two jobs 1-5 days a week and 1-7 days a week. I have a garden to tend to at my home. (New for me) Which my friend and who I consider my chosen sister, Fern help me with.

I mostly find my home lonely. I am one that loves people around chatting or sharing a show, playing cards. I like to share a meal. Whether it’s something that I can cook, or an order in.

For home I also think of places where I feel that family is there.

My daughter’s place Miranda and that is where Abigail and Ryan spend a lot of their time. We have such fun all of us.

My son’s place Michael and Brittany with their little Love Oliver. The giggles that go on there are amazing can’t help but feel at home always sharing a meal because of my travel to get there.

Home is also my church.  I know that we’re not actually there right now but so many of you feel like family and we chat and you let me share my pictures of my grandchildren.

And we all know how many meals we share whether it is coffee and a snack, just coffee or a meal where we help server and or clean up.

I also have a work family and yes it must feel like home I’ve been there for 44 years. You know sometimes we get along and sometimes we need work to get along.

Just like the home I grew up in. It’s my father’s birthday as I write this, he would have been 95 today. I miss him and my mother also. They taught us many things as we grew up in their home.

Unfortunately, out of 6 siblings, conversation is little and we more or less just wish I each other happy birthday when the time comes each year.

I know it’s a little long but I enjoyed sharing this.

With love shared from all my families”

Betty Walker

”Home is where you’re comfortable with yourself.”

Larry Eddy

”I have always tried, wherever I have lived to keep my home a peaceful place, a sanctuary, if you will, where whoever enters is made to feel welcome, and at home. It hasn`t always worked smoothly, but I am happy to say, that everyone who shared my home at one time or another, have always come back to visit. Some came years later. I have been privileged to be invited to many homes. Some, when I walk thru the door, I`m greeted politely, but others draw me right in– to make me feel at home.
When I volunteered with the blind in St Lucia, 45 years ago, poverty was rampant, families were large, there was little money for food, let alone a guest…..But the minute I walked thru the door, I felt at home — one of the family, so to speak.
During this pandemic, I have been required to be in the house for weeks. but my days go quickly, because I have the luxury of being in my own little sanctuary, living as peacefully as possible under the circumstances.
When I was part of Heritage United Church, I was able to be very active, and used to joke that I should have a cot there! I felt at home!
The telephone has been a blessing, allowing me to communicate with friends and relatives who are also isolated. The back yard, with all the spring flowers, and the work that goes with them, is also my sanctuary…..I look forward to my heavenly home, but I am in no rush to get there. In the meantime, I will appreciate this little bit of Heaven on Earth.’”

Marion Brose

“It was the end of June, 1956.  Our family lived in Newcastle, New Brunswick but my Father had just announced to us, and to the world, that he had accepted a call from Brunswick Street United Church in Truro Nova Scotia.  We would be moving to Truro in October.

My brother, Jack, was going off to Mount Allyson University in the fall so our move didn’t really affect him much.  My sister Anne, aged 13 and I, aged 10 were quite excited about a new adventure but my sister, Elaine who would be 16 in August, was devastated.  She sat in her room crying for long periods and refused to be part of the family saying that she would stay in Newcastle with her friends or, if she were made to leave, she would run away in Truro and come back home.

I remember Dad sitting with her and trying to console her with all the advantages of a new life but she was having none of it and refused to be consoled.  She was leaving her friends.

Finally, she said to Dad, “Okay, I’ll go with you but only if we can come home for Christmas.”

Dad answered, “Yes, Elaine, I promise you.  We will be home for Christmas.”

Of course, Elaine meant that we would come home to Newcastle for Christmas and Dad’s promise was predicated on the belief that, by Christmas, Truro would be home.

We had only been in Truro a couple of days.  We all went off to our new schools.  On the second day Elaine met Paul whom she would marry a couple of years later.  By Christmas we were all home.

Home is where the people you love live”

Darrell Picketts

“I am lucky to say I have lived in 5 houses that I have been able to call “home”.

Growing up on RR#1 Galt was a great experience with my Mom, Dad, and Brother sharing a lot of happy times.  We also always had a senior or border that kept life interesting.

Keeping our home clean was a priority of my Mom who loved to open her door to friends and relatives to come and share a cup of tea and homemade cookies or a delicious meal.  Fresh produce from Dad’s garden or flowers from Mom’s flowerbed made entertaining special.

I always knew I was loved and always knew I had to work to keep our home ready for guests.

Leaving home at age 21, as I entered marriage, was so exciting.  For the first time I could manage our home, which involved two people working full time – me teaching and my husband full-time at medical school.  Week-ends were fun.  We hosted week-end games’ nights with our med-student friends.

I loved exploring our new city, Kingston, and learning its history.  I created a Social Studies unit on Kingston for my students.  My classes toured RMC, Martello towers, Sir John A. MacDonald’s home and other places of interest.

Home was always secure and we tried to keep our doors open to visitors and relatives – many from Galt.  My uncle had his first trip east of Toronto to Kingston at the age of 50!

Finding a home in Toronto was important because my husband wanted to walk to work and I wanted a safe area to walk our new baby in the buggy.  Our little home there was so sweet.  We loved having our own back lawn.  Our home in Toronto was special because, being in Leaside it was just like a small town with everyone enjoying the “new kids on the block” with their baby.

Coming to Brantford meant buying a home that was close to the hospital.  It was so exciting to have our own land and I loved getting to know our new neighbours.  Finding a church family was special and Rev. Art Tobey made us feel special to be a part of Colborne’s family.

With an expanding family, we looked for a new home.  My husband loved the centre-hall manses he had lived in as a child.  We found our “dream home” where we have lived now for over 40 years.  It has brought much joy and contentment.  Filling our dining room and living room with friends and relatives gives me joy.

Pandemic 2020 has been very hard: no birthday anniversary, or graduation parties!

Moving from room to room reminds me of the happy days with three active sons keeping his active and focused.

For the first time in many years I will not be visiting my Mother on Mothers’ Day.  Mother died earlier this year so this will be a major milestone for me.  Having children far away brings complicating situations now so I pray pandemic 2020 will pass and I can open my home again.

In the meantime, thanks to the phone calls and the on-line visits, we’ll stay connected while staying “at home” 100% of the time.”

Evelyn Picketts

”A place of acceptance and security and most importantly, love.”


”Home is where we began life‘s journey
•Home is where we learned love, respect and what family means
•Home is where our earliest cherished memories are.
•Home is where we learn the basics of who we will become
•Home is love.“

Maureen Hall-Gilmore

“Home is playing badminton as a kid with my sister in the yard at my parent’s home. Home is having family dinners. Home is celebrating special occasions.
Home is feeling safe and secure. Home is not really the building but more of a feeling. Now that I am older, I think home is anywhere my family or close friends get together.”

Sheila Gollan