Explore “My Own Backyard” … then discover yours.
In this autobiographical collection, Danny Nicholson explores the landscape of his own backyard through stories about his father, poems about his children, and songs about family, faith and friends.
In essence, his book reveals that his story is not his own. It transcends the boundaries of geographical locations, suggesting that life is not so much about where we are but who we are.
“Geographical boundaries separate backyards, but the memories we make in them create a sameness and familiarity that renders the distance between them non-existent,” writes the author. “Backyards are set apart by their location, but they are made of the same stuff — or, even better, we are made of the same stuff.”
Nicholson’s stories, poems, and songs of laughter and tears, darkness and light, faith and love, “inextricably link us to each other as human beings, and give us a divine reason to hope for a better tomorrow.”
“We are one story or song away from finding all things in common with every human being,” he says.
An adopted son as well as a husband, father, singer-songwriter, fundraising leader, and speaker, Nicholson is president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood, S.C. He is married to his college sweetheart, Debra, and they have two grown sons who are accomplished musicians.