Jim Russell writes weekly and monthly columns as a retiree after careers in business, community development and education. My career began as a marketing representative in high technology. Community service called while re-reading Thoreau’s words that “men lead lives of quiet desperation” and other revolutionary books. I my for meaning in life from Micah: 6:8: He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God.
Karen, my wife and partner of almost fifty years recognizes when I deserve to be humbled more times than I claim to be doing justice and loving kindness. But I do have experience bringing together people who are in conflict over issues. I crave the justice and kindness that comes from collaboration, pouring those cravings into writing from a perspective under clear skies protected by the mystical majesty of the Pacific Northwest Cascade Mountains. For almost five years I’ve written a column for the Empire Press of Douglas County, owned by the Wenatchee World, adding to those I sparsely published in academic journals and more recently in the magazine The Good Life, Wenatchee World, and Portland‘s Oregonian.
From up here, it seems clear the mass of our citizens lead lives of civilily and compassion and yearn for national civility and compassion that creates justice for each of us. I hope this website could provide a sanctuary where neighbors share in justice, compassion and humility.