hometown Baghdad

My reasons for starting the happy living Blog were partly due to my love for residential design (new, renovations, decorating, organizing, etc.), but also because of a strong interest in the sociological and psychological aspects of home and how important that sense of ‘place’ is to all of us. 

Lately I’ve been fixated on a website that I heard about on our local nightly news.  It’s called Hometown Baghdad.  "
A documentary web series following the lives of a few Iraqi 20-somethings trying to survive in Baghdad.  The everyday life of the Iraqi citizen has been the great untold story of the Iraq war.  They want to show the world what life is like when your hometown is a war-zone."
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I can be stressed because I can’t find time to get my bathroom painted, but how silly is that when that’s basically all I have to worry about?  I can only imagine that having your home a constant war zone and having a comforting feeling of ‘place’ taken away is probably one of the most scary and disconcerting (to say the least) situations for a person to be in.

We have to live our lives, but I think it’s good to stop once and awhile and be thankful for the things we take for granted.

I’ve gone back and forth all weekend trying to decide whether I should post about this.  There’s been a great discussion on decor8 about blogging (expressing yourself truthfully, being selective about what one posts and a ton of other blogging topics) and it got me thinking again about refining what the happy living Blog is about and sticking to it.  I’ll try to keep things light and fun and this will never be a place to find meaningful political or social commentary.  That’s just not my thing.  But once in awhile, I think it’s worthwhile to take a moment to look beyond our own worlds.  I think it helps put our own world in better perspective.

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