Take the gloves off

Wisdom.

With Love,
Russ

Live & Learn

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We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are when beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed and beneath every sadness is the fear that there will not be enough time.

When we hesitate in being direct, we unknowingly slip something on, some added layer of protection that keeps us from feeling the world, and often that thin covering is the beginning of a loneliness which, if not put down, diminishes our chances of joy.

It’s like wearing gloves every time we touch something, and then, forgetting we chose to put them on, we complain that nothing feels quite real. Our challenge each day is not to get dressed to face the world but to unglove ourselves so that the doorknob feels cold and the car handle feels wet and the kiss goodbye feels like…

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As Much of Me as I Have the Courage to Share

It’s critically important to me to share my truth in everything I write, perhaps my fiction most of all. I owe readers as much of me as I have the courage to express in my books: Love, pain, shame, grief, joy, angst, fear, anticipation, weakness, strength, ineptitude, exhilaration, doubt, contentment, loneliness, contempt, kindness, empathy, rejection, abandonment, hope, and victory, and defeat. The more of me I share in my books, the more connected a reader is likely to feel to me and my work, to their own heart and themselves, and to the world.

With Love,

Russ

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The Endless Show

Nature makes me feel incredibly blessed and grateful. It’s far better than what could be produced if every creative and inventive person on the planet working together could bring to life an endless show of beautiful and amazing sights, feelings, smells, tastes and sounds. All I need to do is notice and experience it. Nature is the best show on Earth.

With Love,

Russ

Photos by John Lasersohn.

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Book Quote Corner #40

I love this quote. The vending machine would also not provide us with the growth we need or the great adventure that life can be.
With Love,
Russ

A Writer's Path

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Today’s Quote

For the wet-getters everywhere.

With Love,
Russ

Soul Gatherings

rain

Some people feel the rain —
others just get wet.

~ Roger Miller ~
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Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon

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My likely next book project is tentatively titled, Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon (It will include a sleigh in the cover illustration so readers will know I’ve not accidentally misspelled “Slay.”)

This story features a young boy who faces his fears as he attempts to save everyone by making a mean and scary dragon go away.

I plan to dedicate Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon to my grandson Alex who loves dragons, among other fierce creatures. It’s taken me over two years to come up with a story that I believe would do Alex justice, but I believe I’ve finally found it. Alex is the handsome young man on the right. One of my earlier books, Zach and the Toad Who Rode a Bull, was dedicated to Alex’s twin brother Zach (on the left in the photo.)

With Love,

Russ

 

 

 

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What If When A Storm Comes In…

May these words comfort all those who are getting berated by the storms of life. May the rain help us to see with greater clarity the many blessings we are given each day, and more ways we can share our gifts with the world.
With Love,
Russ

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rainstorm

I promise you,
these storms are
only trying to
wash you clean.

 – Jessica Katoff

Wow – this quote really lifted my spirit when I read it the other day! The idea that suffering does not have to be in vain is oddly comforting and hopeful. In the same way that the pains of childbirth lead to new life, the challenges we face in daily living are ultimately meant for our good.

What if it’s true?

What if those rough spots in life; like losing someone we love, illness, defeat and change are meant to wash us clean, meant to remove the layers of useless garbage that we haul around day after day?

What if when a storm comes in, we can choose to slow our breathing, to calm ourselves, to yes – acknowledge and feel the moment, but then soothe our frightened selves with the understanding that we can get through it by (for lack of better words) getting out of our head, RISING above our situation…

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