my name is max. i am a writer living in a world held captive by tiny screens and short attention spans. in 2013 i turned my screen off and looked up. what follows here is what i saw, the friends I made, and the lives that intersected mine.

these are the people you sit next to on the bus, the homeless you pass on the street, the baristas who make your coffee, and the person in line behind you.

these are my neighbors. these are their stories.


“One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”.