Remembering Russia

When we left Russia, five of our closest Russian friends brought us to the airport. Saying goodbye was tough. We didn’t want to leave, and they didn’t want us to either. And as much as I wanted to, I couldn’t promise I would be back. I pray that I would be able to return…but I … Continue reading

Part Three: Don’t Worry, Live on Purpose

Sure, it might sound corny: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” I thought so too. I mean, so many people say it wihtout meaning, without passion: “Don’t worry, it’ll be okay,” or “Just be happy — as long as you’re happy, I’m happy.” One thing about our generation is that we are skeptical. “Well, why is it … Continue reading

Part Two: Don’t Worry, Be Open

It can be very difficult sometimes to have deep relationships in America. So many people have acquaintances, but few have true, reliable friends. This is becasue in order to have a deep friendship, you need to have trust, which requires openness. You have to be vulnerable. In fact, in her TED Talk, Brene Brown said … Continue reading

Intro: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Today marked the end of our English camp here in Orenburg, Russia. We had 66 people attend from all walks of life, some high school students, some college students, some families with small children. Because of Orenburg’s proximity to other regions in Russia and “the Stans” as I like to call them (Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, etc.), … Continue reading

“Capturing” the Russian Culture

When I first arrived in Russia, I wasn’t struck by immediate beauty like my recent visit to Rio de Janeiro. There were no beaches, no mountains, no natural beauties. The people weren’t initially particularly friendly either. But the culture has grown on me a lot, and as I’ve begun exploring through the city of Orenburg … Continue reading