The Obama familiy soon will be moving from Chicago to Washington D.C., from a house steeped in University of Chicago Lutheran student traditions to the White House. Malia and Sasha will, no doubt, always think of Chicago as home.
Jane Howard, in a book she published back in the late 70s called Families, says, strong families have a sense of place. We know Hyannis is that sort of place for the Kennedys. Sand Creek, Wisconsin is that sort of place for me--what is that "place" for you? And DO strong families need a sense of place? What happens to families without a sense of place? How do places--real or virtual-- connect families and help to make them stronger? And how do we now define clan/tribe/family in relation to place?