“Unless he goes on ‘walkabout’
[a spiritual journey into the wilderness]
he will never have a story.”
—Said of aboriginal boy in movie Australia
“How should we tell [our] story?
Our own way.”
—Eudora Welty, Southern author
The only person who truly understands the message of this collection of writings because she is the only person who endured with me the entire length of time it took to live through these events, write about them, and then collect and organize the pieces in this site.
Thanks, Mari, for bearing the burdens of exile and adversity that I brought upon us. I pray that you will be blessed for as many years as you have suffered because of me (Psalm 90:15).
“Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.” (Proverbs 31:29 KJV). “Blessed art thou among women” (Luke 1:28 KJV).
Quotes on Nostalgia and the Artist
by Eric Sloane
“I’m supposed to be a master of nostalgia, and I despise nostalgia. Nostalgia is crawling back into the womb. It’s sad. I’m reaching into the attic of the past, and retrieving what has been thrown away.”
“I believe that art cannot be taught. Why? Because love cannot be taught, or sleeping. There is no such thing as talent. The only thing an artist is is a sensitive, aware person. He’s not one that can dance, or sing, or draw, or write, but someone who sees, hears and feels more than the average person. An artist expects to pass on this ability, to enrich the lives of others.”
Quote on Home and the Writer
by Willie Morris
“‘The writer’s vocation,’ Flaubert wrote, ‘is perhaps comparable to love of one’s native land.’ If it is true that a writer’s world is shaped by the expression of childhood and adolescence, then returning at long last to the scenes of those experiences, remembering them anew and living among their changing heartbeats, give him, as my writer friend Marshall Frady said, the primary pulses and shocks that he cannot afford to lose.
“Yet, justly, when a writer knows home in his heart, his heart must remain subtly apart from it. He must always be a stranger to the place he loves, and its people. His claim to his home is deep, but there are too many ghosts. He must absorb without being absorbed. When he understands, as few others do, something of his home in America . . . that is funny, or sad, or tragic, or cruel, or beautiful, or true, he knows he must do so as a stranger.”
Holy Bible Passages on Promise of Homecoming
“When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes [or bring you back from captivity] and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you.
“Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. He will bring you to the land that belonged to your fathers, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. . . .
“Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands. . . . The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your fathers, if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deutronomy 30:1-10).
“‘At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,’ says the Lord” (Zephaniah 3:20).