Keith Schwanz

I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel.

— Peter Nivio Zarlenga

Personal Experiences

Stronger than Snot

I’ve heard the phrase “stronger than snot” a few times; maybe even used it myself on occasion. This afternoon, for the first time, I fully understand that term. I was out for my daily walk. […]

Jan, 29

“I’m Sorry”

The telephone call came from the director of a counseling center I had met a few weeks before. A mainline congregation sponsored the center; she called me specifically because I served as an evangelical pastor. […]

Jan, 24

Non-anxious Presence

The pastoral counseling course my wife teaches to graduate students uses as a text Edwin Friedman’s book GENERATION TO GENERATION: FAMILY PROCESS IN CHURCH AND SYNAGOGUE. Friedman talks about clergy being a “non-anxious presence” when […]

Jan, 18

Winter Stillness

In May 1980, we lived in Olympia, Washington. Mt. Saint Helens violently blew its top on the 18th and scattered devastation over a wide swath of the Pacific Northwest. One week later, Sunday the 25th, […]

Jan, 16

The Cycle of Good

This afternoon Judi and I responded to a Craigslist ad placed by a young mother selling fabric from her grandmother’s estate. We went through several boxes in the garage and pulled out the cotton fabric […]

Jan, 10


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