Words are very unnecessary

This morning I said good bye to Peggy. Making beautiful friendships and connections is one of the hazards of my journey. Because of my journey I meet so many wonderful people. Because of my journey, I must also say good bye. Yesterday, Peggy took me up to the top of...

Loneliness in the Big City

OK… I wrote this a couple weeks ago, but didn’t have the courage to post it. Thanks Brenda for you en-couragement to write about the difficult time. ——— I’ve been asked numerous time on my journey: “Russell do you ever feel...

Those Crazy Germans

I discovered this photo biking into Pottsdam.  There are far less road signs in Costa Rica than in Germany, yet people are happier.  Could there be a connection? Yesterday, a seven year old conversation resurfaced in my mind. Back when I lived in Costa Rica, my buddy...

Making Mandalas with Kids in Berlin!

Today I worked for the second day with two classes at a public school in Berlin. The classes and I explored symboles, geometry, and the making of personal mandalas. The kids loved it. They ate it up and created the most beautiful and elaborate geometrical and...

Rise Up.

  I want to share this sketch on another painting in the Simple Series.  Its an apropos balance to my last entry.  On my trip I’ve often felt this way–  soaring joy at the dazzling beauty around me.  The feeling of this picture captures two things:  One,...

Loneliness is a Long Word

Yikes.   I’ve been feeling a little lonely lately.   Coming back last night in the rain, the chill and darkness of the night seemed to cut right to my soul.  I’ve spent some lonely and dark nights in my tent over the Winter.   Yet somehow, the feeling...