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: 238513 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: 250 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: 181 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: 198 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: 104 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: 83 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: 67 views

Random Selection of Older Musings

Living on the Ledge

Living in a fifth floor apartment without air-conditioning, with windows open all summer has been trying with my fear of heights. With summer ending, I’m now able to close the windows, sigh in relief and consider the stress of the last few months.
posted: september 14, 2008; past month: 37 views

Alone at Last

I've never been very good at keeping friends. I have no problem making them, just keeping them for long. The factor which brings me together with new friends is usually the same factor by which I am able to retain them. When that factor is lost...
posted: july 24, 2006; past month: 45 views

Another Father Lost

One of my best friends, Richard Stringer died today of cancer. My father also died from cancer, but when I was three years old. Although my mother remarried when I was seven, my step father wasn't a sufficient substitute for father. Not that he...
posted: december 5, 2005; past month: 28 views

Basic Comforts

Enjoying simple comfort foods when I’m feeling a bit down can be difficult for me in Milan. Although life’s getting easier for me, it’s not always easy living in Milan.
posted: april 4, 2010; past month: 130 views

Living Well

Lately I have been thinking about someone I knew in high school. He was not a friend. In fact, he positively despised me and would go out of his way to offend me in very cold ways. As an example, once he shook my hand to congratulate me about h...
posted: march 9, 2006; past month: 89 views

Just me

Why is it that we define ourselves in relation to others? Why can't we just be ourselves and still be happy, and still be content? I want to feel normal being me and just me. Is that not possible?
posted: october 27, 2007; past month: 47 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.