Category Archives: Hope

May all those who feel disconnected and alone find healing, love, peace, and hope. With Love, Russ

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Lessons on Life

I found the information linked below to be worth every second I invested in experiencing it, and believe some of you will too. http://www.businessinsider.com/bill-mcraven-commencement-speech-at-ut-2014-5 With Love, Russ

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Great Storytelling and Poetry

I learned in songwriting that a great lyric is a story that grabs the listener and makes them laugh, cry (tears of joy or sadness), moves them (possibly literally to the point of dancing), or be inspires to take action … Continue reading

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Priceless Gifts from a Homeless Stranger

I almost didn’t notice her as I drove by on the way back from a last-minute shopping run for forgotten items for Christmas dinner with extended family. She was all alone laying on a sidewalk on Christmas Day. The sight … Continue reading

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Two Strangers at the End of their Rope

Two strangers meet in the middle of the night on a dark and lonely road, one young and the other old, both at the end of their rope. Their meeting lasts mere minutes yet changes destinies… That briefly describes my … Continue reading

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Choices that Change the World

“Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices–just recognize them. –Edward R. Murrow (Source: A blogger I have a lot of respect for. I disagree with this quote so am choosing not to mention where … Continue reading

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“He Believed In Me”

https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?v=547862351901352 Every once in a while a video comes along that is so powerful that I get the chills watching it. This is one of those videos. No one believed in him. Not even himself. His situation was hopeless. Or … Continue reading

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A Hole In My Heart That Wouldn’t Heal

This post is dedicated to all who have had someone dear to them choose to turn their back on them and walk away. If you have a hole in your heart that has never quite healed, this post is for … Continue reading

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“Unbroken” Is Being Made Into A Movie

I believe I created a post sometime ago about a non-fiction audiobook I’d just heard called “Unbroken” about a most amazing man named Louis Zamperini. I’m excited to learn that a movie is being made about him. Here are some … Continue reading

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Blessed Day

I dream of the blessed day when humanity awakens from its terrible nightmare and begins to fight for peace with as much ferocity, tenacity, and heroism as we’ve fought our wars. –Russ Towne

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