DaddyO and Pops

DaddyO and Pops

Our minds often provide photo albums. My mind is doing that today. Last year, on this day, we were seeing DaddyO—my father-in-law Stan Oliver, Sr.—in the hospital and very sick. After a surprising stroke, he spent five days there before he entered his new home. We...
the miles and the hours

the miles and the hours

April is #NationalPoetryMonth. Here is one is the poems from my new book, “embracing now.” Also, subscribe to the YouTube Poetry Network and watch the video of today’s poem.                       the miles and the...
pedestrians

pedestrians

April is #NationalPoetryMonth. Here is one is the poems from my new book, “embracing now.” Also, subscribe to the YouTube Poetry Network and watch the video of today’s poem. darkness, the noticeable art  before the sun shifts the  initial mood,  covers everything. ...
of the night

of the night

April is #NationalPoetryMonth. Here is one is the poems from my new book, “embracing now.” Also, subscribe to the YouTube Poetry Network. there’s a light in the crack of the curtain, resembling an eye glancing through the dark, reminding me of a tiny moon shaped as a...
the dying

the dying

April is #NationalPoetryMonth. Here is one is the poems from Chris Maxwell’s new book, “embracing now.” the week ended.the week merging celebration and accusation ended. weeks do that.they begin their sprint then rushtoward a conclusion.like stories, our weekscontain...
always in shadows

always in shadows

April is #NationalPoetryMonth. Here is one is the poems from Chris Maxwell’s new book, “embracing now.” i left the logo behind.not needing noticeable imagesto alert reminders of reality,from colors selected and designs crafted, in the order of achievement,so i didn’t...
five loaves and two fish

five loaves and two fish

April is #NationalPoetryMonth. Here is one is the poems from my new book, “embracing now.” tiny ingredients for a large audience. not enough, those two words which often describe so many storiesof our lives.not enough.we seek. we hope. we pray.we reach.we fall.we...
Learning by Spending Time with Jesus

Learning by Spending Time with Jesus

From Pause with Jesus  The degree Jesus offered His students could only be earned in active involvement, experiential learning, relational mentoring, life coaching.  Isn’t that what He is offering us? To come over? To be with? To observe? To learn? Here, Jesus with...
Goodbye Pops

Goodbye Pops

Saturday morning, March 14, 2020, my schedule changed. And my life changed. I didn’t sleep well Friday night, thinking about three upcoming trips. Early Saturday morning I canceled those trips, and felt sadness. I would miss seeing people. I would miss telling...
Memories: When God Leaks Through

Memories: When God Leaks Through

This March is another anniversary of when I faced encephalitis, beginning my adventure with brain damage and epilepsy. So much changed quickly and painfully. But God has been so good through the storms.  In Underwater, one of the books I’ve written about my...