I Was Thinking About Mortality Today…

I was thinking about mortality today. Not morbidity. Just mortality. I am 55. Seems shocking just to read. It’s really a pretty good age. Oldish but not old. Balding but not bald. Slowing but not slowed. That kind of stuff. My best friend from high school died this year. No warning. Just working out andContinue reading “I Was Thinking About Mortality Today…”

Musings on My Roaring Mid-Fifties: Wine and Diet Pepsi

Class of 1980. I am now 56.  Soon to be 57.  If I live to be 113, I am currently middle aged. I am past middle age. Here some of the ups and downs (downs and ups) I have discovered from this season of life. 1) Down: What of my hair is not turning grayContinue reading “Musings on My Roaring Mid-Fifties: Wine and Diet Pepsi”

Our (Roaring) Mid-Fifties

:   Our (Roaring) Mid-Fifties Class of 1980. I am now 53. Soon to be 54. If I live to be 107, I am currently middle aged. I am past middle age. Here some of the ups and downs I have discovered from this season of life.   1) Down: What of my hair is notContinue reading “Our (Roaring) Mid-Fifties”

Crazy About Them (Poop-a-geddon)

A story called “Harold” seemed to define the first several years of my ministry.  This story is taking its place as my favorite.  Less gritty, more grace.  I must be getting older.  This one is in my new book “Re:member.”   Crazy About Them (Fairview Heights, Illinois circa 2013)   Fridays are normally a dayContinue reading “Crazy About Them (Poop-a-geddon)”

Re:member Final Excerpt Before Release

Here is my final excerpt before we release Re:member.  It should be available on line by Thanksgiving and I will be signing on Saturday, December 7 at 3:00 at the Grand Re-Opening of the Christ Church Bookstore at 339 Frank Scott Parkway, Fairview Heights, Illinois.   Crazy About Them (Fairview Heights, Illinois circa 2013)  FridaysContinue reading “Re:member Final Excerpt Before Release”

I Love You Enough for Both of Us

  Experpt from “Exactly as I Remember It” Maddox (Fairview Heights, Illinois, circa 2011) One Sunday evening after I wrapped up 6:00 church, I was headed to the car to scare up a late supper.  Melissa was already waiting on me, but I noticed that my daughter Lydia and her family were still in theContinue reading “I Love You Enough for Both of Us”

Reflections at Fifty One…

“I am fifty-one.  I am no longer middle aged.  I can think of no one in my family who has lived to 102.  I am somewhere in the third quarter… (I hope).” Almost every morning I walk at least one mile.  It is sometimes two miles but most often somewhere in between.  I walk inContinue reading “Reflections at Fifty One…”