Come home for the holidays…home to yourself…connect, create and inspire

There’s no place like home for the holidays…that’s what the song says.

What does home mean to you? What does it look like?

It can be a

  • place…specific geographic location
  • feeling…when we are lost in reading/writing our favorite genre
  • person… representing that sense of well-being

I believe home is somewhere or someone who makes us feel always welcome, comfortable, nurtured, and cherished.

Thomas Wolfe said “we can’t go home again.”

I agree with Mr. Wolfe that you can’t go “home” again. It is physically and emotionally impossible to return to the specific point in time we yearn to revisit. When we were six-years-old and cuddled up on Grandma’s lap being smothered with kisses and attention. When we were 12 and won that science award. When we had that first confirmation of our writing abilities by being published in the junior college literary magazine.

Dorothy figured out that “there’s no place like home.”

I am also in agreement with Dorothy. As much as she found Oz magical, Kansas was her real land of enchantment of family and friends. Wherever we call home, that address possesses the ability to inspire ease and delicious comfort for us.

“I long,” Maya Angelou tells us, “as does every human being, to be at home within myself.

Ah yes, I fully embrace Maya Angelou’s sentiments. As much as it is important to have an environment, which fosters an atmosphere of growth and understanding, we cannot ever hope to be at “home” in any physical surroundings, if we are not first at “home” within ourselves. The address could be a palace, grand estate or a shack, but if we are not comfortable in our own skin…are we really living our best life?

How do you come to be at home within yourself?

The answer is not simple…it is a lifelong journey.

I believe as writers we have an inside track in finding the path to be at home within ourselves. We couldn’t write if we didn’t know how to reach inside ourselves. We couldn’t write if we didn’t know how to bridge the gap between the surface story and the emotional drama below the façade.

What does home mean to you?

I’d love to discuss this subject further, please join me at the Come Home to Yourself…Connect, Create and Inspire Unleash YOU! Holiday Tea with Mary E. Knippel on Monday, Dec. 10, 3:30 p.m. in San Mateo.

During this season of giving, stop all the hustle and bustle to indulge in a little “me” time and discuss why self-nurturance is necessary not just during the holidays, but throughout the year.

Sit, sip, and savor time with friends and take home a bit of holiday magic with your own personal blend of bath salts.

$10 via this link, or $15 at the door. (includes hands-on materials and refreshments)

*A portion of monies collected at Unleash You! events will benefit  Breast Cancer Connections (, a Bay Area non-profit organization offering free programs and services for those touched by breast cancer and the people who care about them.


This event is presented by Mary E. Knippel. Mary is a past president of WNBA-SF as well as a presenter and Independent Editor Coordinator at the San Francisco Writers Conference. She is a creative professional with over 25 years of extensive writing experience and the author of THE SECRET ARTIST – give yourself permission to let your creativity shine! Mary helps her clients move from concept to creation whatever the project:  web text, personal profiles, newsletters, e-mail campaigns, blog posts, articles or artful taglines. Using her skills as a free-lance writer, editor, speaker, and workshop facilitator, Mary encourages everyone to overcome their reluctance to embrace their writing potential and address writing challenges with fun and flair. For more information, visit her website.

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