The Hunger

I often have a hunger that engulfs me at the most inopportune times. It fills me with a need far greater than mere desire and can only be sated when I stop doing all else to focus exclusively on putting to words feelings and ideas gushing from the depths of my spirit, and offer them with love to the world.


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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14 Responses to The Hunger

  1. I have this similar addiction, albeit in its infancy. It is beginning to consume me.
    Are you telling me that this hunger only gets worse?

  2. This happens to me with ideas, I have to write them down and if they survive 2-3 days rolling around in my brain, I have to give them legs!

    You do offer love to the world Russ!
    Diana xo

    • russtowne says:

      You have a stronger brain than I, my friend! I struggle to keep ideas in my head without losing them for mere minutes or hours! After that, they are usually gone forever! I rarely am without a pocket notebook for that reason. Now I’ve just got to figure out how to jot down ideas while in the shower!

      I’m glad you can feel the love and my desire for everyone to experience lasting joy, Diane.


      • Russ they have those special crayons for kids that can be used on the bathroom wall!

        That’s why I have to write them down too Russ, usually on my whiteboard so I see it when I pass. If it seems silly the next day I erase it, if it’s still appealing, I give it some legs or discuss it with someone else.
        Diana xo

        • russtowne says:

          LOL! My Beloved probably wouldn’t appreciate my scrawling on the shower walls even with special crayons–but you never know, maybe I can include some love notes to her!

          Your strategy sounds like a good one, Diana.

          Thank you for your suggestions.


  3. Blessings for you and your beautiful heart Russ.

  4. Val Boyko says:

    Thank you Russ! I love distinctions and how we use words.
    When I see the word hunger I think of it in terms of lack … A driving force to fill a need or emptiness within. For me, I feel it as a wave of inspiration that comes from deep within and expands like waves. It fills me up and then overflows. It has to express itself.
    Is yours a passion that has to be expressed or a need to fill a lack or hunger within…

    • russtowne says:

      Excellent question and observations, Val. I intentionally used a word that brings “lack” to mind while describing a filling up or engulfing. I believe when one is starving for food, acceptance, or love that such needs can fill a person with feelings of emptiness, loneliness, and desire.

      There are times when the flow of ideas is so strong I feel ready to explode if I don’t quickly express them, while at other times the desire feels more like the ache of a hunger that can only be sated by new creations.


  5. Hunger does things like that to a body

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