“Childhood is the country that produces the most nostalgic, contentious and opinionated exiles.”
—Richard Eder, quoted in Tulsa World
“I moved to Babylon (Oklahoma) from Arkansas (the Holy Land) in 1977 (the year that King Elvis died, see Isaiah 6:1) to take a much-needed job in religious publishing. If ever a man put his hand to the plow looking back, it is me. I only miss home two times: night and day.”
– Jimmy Peacock
As is evident by the title of this collection, it consists of pieces that I either composed or collected over the past thirty-four years of exile (banishment) in neighboring Oklahoma from my beloved Arkansas birthplace and home.
It is that collection of humorous, nostalgic, spiritual-based pieces (with relevant photos) that I propose to share piecemeal with you on this site in the weeks and months ahead. Included are a wide variety of entries of different types, all written on the same basic subject: HOME, which I call “the most beautiful word in the English language.”
At the beginning of each of the entries (as with this one) and scattered generously throughout them you will note abundant examples of the many quotes (self-quotes and quotes from others) that were selected from the hundred pages of more that I have collected over the past thirty-plus years.
It is my desire that these writings and quotes will move you the reader to focus and reflect more intently on your own origins—your roots, the “the rock from which you were cut” and “the quarry from which you were hewn” (Isaiah 51:1)—and for a very practical and important reason.
As I state in the basic expression of my philosophy of life: “Where you’re from is who you are. And who you are determines where you’re going.” I hope it is back home!