Coming Home: Stories of Simpler Times


introduced and edited by Laura Brunow Miner

You can’t ask an acquaintance if he had a good childhood. It’s too personal — and a potential can of worms. But we’re naturally curious, looking for clues about the situations that our friends come from. This interest comes out in questions like “What do your parents do?” “Are you close with your family?” “Have you been home recently?” and even the straightforward “Where are you from?”

But what does a “good childhood” mean anyway? Most upbringings are complicated; mixed bags. Most parents try their best, and all make mistakes.

Descriptions, whether words or images, of the physical spaces of our formative years hint at the relationships within. If these walls could talk, they’d tell tales long forgotten.

note from planologie—this is an amazing site, full of incredible photographs and vignettes that document lives, places, moments, and interactions. I think it is critical for planners, architects, and shapers of every ilk to keep at least one eye on the actual lives of the people their work will impact. Below is the first of 24 “stories” in PictoryMag’s latest showcase, “Coming Home.” But you really should check out the entire slideshow/story at

The side door to my parents’ house was the only door I ever used to enter the house. I’d walk in slowly, stalling before telling them about a car window I broke, or walk in late, feeling invincible after spending time with my first love. The side door was the place where I reflected on all the monumental moments in my life, before leaving one world behind and entering another. (photo: Ricky Montalvo)

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