Russell J.T. Dyer

Russell J.T. Dyer

Just Some Guy Hanging Around Europe

the works and musings of an american writer in europe • Updated: Aug 05, 2017 • hits: 95347 past month


These web log entries are things for which I have been musing. Before my friend Richard Stringer died shortly after Hurricane Katrina, I would discuss my musings with him. Now, I write about them here for my benefit, but they may be of interest to others.

Good Photos

I enjoy photographing people. But I'm often disappointed by many photos I see on social networking sites. I wish people would take the time to make better photographs.
posted: october 7, 2016; past month: 179 views

No Friends: Part I, Self

When you have no friends, it’s difficult to know how to get them. It’s frustrating: Everything you do seems to repel people instead.
posted: february 19, 2016; past month: 111 views

Why We Have No Friends

There are many reasons why some have no friends. Sometimes it’s because we create barriers to allow others to be our friends. Sometimes itit’s for emotional protection. This post covers a few of them in fairly simple terms.
posted: november 4, 2015; past month: 115 views

Life Without Keys

Yesterday, I sent the keys to the apartment to the landlady. This morning I left the keys to my friend’s place where I’ve been staying. I don’expect to get replacement keys any time soon.
posted: june 23, 2015; past month: 63 views

Starting a Slightly New Life

Because of the recent changes I’ve made in my living situation, I have the opportunity to change slightly my life. I can change how I live, how I work, and how I spend my leisure. There are many possibilities that are now more easily accessible.
posted: june 23, 2015; past month: 45 views

I am Alone

In a recent episode of the popular television show, Dr. Who. there was an interesting scene that could only be done on such a show. It speaks to the sense of loneliness many of us feel at times.
posted: september 11, 2014; past month: 35 views

Random Selection of Older Musings

Throwing Temper Tantrums

When I was a child, I used to be notorious for temper tantrums. No one ever seemed to have understood me during those times or why I had them. Until now, I never gave them much thought. However, I think I now know why I had them. My father die...
posted: may 27, 2006; past month: 14 views

Inaudible Universal Language

Whenever I go to the United States for a few weeks, when I return to Italy I find that my Italian language skills have received a boost. I think the break gives my brain a chance to sort out internal coding related to each language interpretation....
posted: may 27, 2007; past month: 23 views

Italians speak Italian

In thinking about why I’m not yet fluent in Italian after nearly two years of being here, a profound thought occurred to me: Italians speak Italian. That might seem absurdly obvious, but it has been a barrier.
posted: august 13, 2007; past month: 16 views

What’s to Become of Me?

Sometimes I think of returning to the U.S., but after being in Italy so long, I don’t feel like I can fit in anywhere. I’m not content in Italy and am frustrated when I’m in the U.S. What’s to become of me?
posted: june 27, 2011; past month: 24 views

I have no friends; I have no girlfriend.

A few weeks ago I couldn’t suffer Facebook any longer. I deleted all of my contacts and posted a note saying I’m leaving. According to Facebook, I now have no friends. It’s kind of a neat thing to say.
posted: june 27, 2012; past month: 83 views

Seeing a Fellow’s Nuts

While my mental health is better than most, I’m not completely alright. No one is. Although living alone for the last two years has helped to center me, it also seems to have given me the freedom to let various idiosyncrocies to become visible.
posted: january 10, 2008; past month: 14 views

New Albums


Russia is amazing and Moscow is exciting. I’ve visited many times.

St. Petersburg

This is one of the great and beautiful cities of Russia.