expected excellence

expected excellence

from the book embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living. their expectationsexceed reality,transitioning momentsinto fictional drama. missing simplistic value,their rankingis a deceitful diagnosisof authentic love. welcome the raw. reject the show. excellence...
tracking us

tracking us

from the book embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living . our location,our desired entertainment,our preferences,our purchases,our favorites:yes, they are tracking us. foods and songs and colors,sizes and styles and flavors,miles and lanes and moods. but, as our...
560 days

560 days

From the book embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living. his words told me the number of daysof freedom.his facial expression and tone of voicetold me more.time has traveled as he’s pursued freedomfrom his lifestyle of dependence;peace has taken the place of...
Thoughts for Pastors After Easter

Thoughts for Pastors After Easter

Easter ended.  Last week reminded followers of Jesus the price paid to welcome them. A high price. The price of Christ’s life was given. Last week people reflected, remembered, and rejoiced at the end of the story. An end—as good narratives allow—that’s actually a...
a week of transformation

a week of transformation

from the book embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living  saturday now.morning moments ofreading, writing,praying, processing.today can i spell the word“therapy” this way:poetry?as time travels,words join in,moving, advancing,then stopping,to dare us to stareat now.and...
Thoughts from Tinker Creek

Thoughts from Tinker Creek

I’ve been discussing with writer friends about our favorite books and authors. We agree on a few, but we all selected different favorites. One of mine is Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.  Today’s blog isn’t covered with my reasons for loving her...
A Conversation with Carolyn Arends

A Conversation with Carolyn Arends

Carolyn Arends is one of my favorite singers and songwriters. Here is our recent conversation. Please read her comments and purchase her latest music.  Chris Maxwell: Carolyn, thanks for taking time to talk. It is great to connect again. How are you? Carolyn...