About

awakening as one uniting the way to the new worldIn our world we all hail from being from somewhere, some of us call ourselves Americans, Russians, or  maybe even some other country. Even though I was born in America I’m not sure I can call myself an American. One could claim that I’m now a Russian since I currently reside in Russia. But in the reality of things I’m neither and at the same time I’m both.  If there was a bridge between the two, I ‘d love to say that I’m standing right in the middle calling to both, come see your brother, he’s just like you. I’ve seen both worlds now, and from one standpoint I’d say both are the same. Then I turn and see them from a different angle and the differences between them are as vast as the ocean. It’s my hope through my blogging to show you just how much both are alike and then again just how different each is from one another. It’s funny it reminds me of a marriage, both come together uniting to create a harmonious whole. Yet this wholeness includes vast differences that are absolutely invaluable to the other. It could be said one doesn’t really need the other but the truth of it is that if the other didn’t exist then the world would be a very different place. I hope to open this world up and help each of you to see the other in a whole new light. Thank you for your attention, and pray as I continue my journey that I will be able to convey an impartial view of both.

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187 thoughts on “About

  1. Came here via Ed Mooney whom I follow. This is a really great premise for a blog. I like the notion that it is the AND and AND that you value, because I think once you pull up your roots in the first place, you have little choice but to become a world citizen. There are places that may seem more like home because they’re more familiar; but then embracing where you are ‘in the now’ seems the more important: keeping an open heart and mind. It’s not always an easy thing, though, feeling rootless, but it does mean that you are AWAKE.

    1. I found your blog quite interesting. I think it’s a great idea. Out of curiosity how do you choose which blog to highlight? What do you look for? I know when I ask someone to be a guest blogger I usually look at their content, writing style and so forth.

      1. I started by want to highlight and feature only blogs, but then it turned into featuring just about anything. I don’t have a set criteria. Most of my picks are of personal taste and interest. I do a lot of interviews which is the backbone of the blog or web magazine. I’m not real familiar with guest blogging, but I will post reblogs if I find them very interesting. I guess I try to find good content, quality posts and interesting subject matter.

  2. Hi there. Thank you for following my blog jamoroki. I’d love to know what attracted you. I like the concept of your blog and intend to have a good look around. James

    1. Well, you visited my blog when you viewed Eddie post here. We did a collaboration, he created a post called “Venice of Ireland” comes to “Life in Russia”. Everyone who is new to my blog I visit their blog as well. Yours came up in the mix. I’ve visited many blogs over the last several days, but yours stood out over the crowd. I enjoyed your writing, pictures, content, the whole concept of your blog is done in good taste. Then last but not least I love to travel, I showed my wife several of your pictures, absolutely beautiful. Thailand is now on our list of places to see. Thanks.

      Steve

    1. Hello Jim,

      I hope it’s okay to call you that. Here’s where you can find my e-mail address.

      If you go to the About me section on the left side bar of my blog, click on my name (in blue) it will take you to aboutme.com or right here http://about.me/hague6185 as well. Found this some time ago and found it to be a great tool. Looking forward to what you have put together. You might consider joining about me, great exposure.

      Steve

  3. What an awesome Idea!! I am impressed and I have to say very intrigued with your way of “bridging” this gap! Before I forget, thanks for stopping by my blog. I wouldn’t have found yours if it wasn’t for you stopping by and I feel I need to follow your writings and articles. Like you, I feel led to bridge a gap also, but it is between the realm of the spiritual and the temporary. Even though there are a lot of others doing it in there own way, I try to use a blue-print or you might say a map, just as you would in exploring the environs of Russia for those of us who can’t!
    I am adding your site to my Link page as I feel you add such a special and needed service so that others may realize we are all children of this world (at least temporarily) and no longer of just one country!! God bless you greatly as you continue to teach us, to share with us and to definitely bridge that gap that so often is self-imposed!!! I look forward to further reading as time and the Holy Spirit allow. Finding your site was NO coincidence, but guidance! Again, thanks!!!

    1. Hello Pastor Roland,

      Thank you. Coming from a pastor your comments are very much appreciated.My map and my guide are Christ. I quietly follow him doing his work as he reveals himself to me. I’ve come to realize the world doesn’t need to hear empty words, but to feel the love and acceptance of a loving God. God has been breaking this vessel so it may truly be used by him. Living outside the US has opened my eyes to help me see that my way is not God’s way. Here in Russia within the Church I’ve felt a spirit of Unity that I never experienced in the States. It’s the piece the American Church has lost. It’s been a very hard road filled with pain and sorrow. But I’m encouraged because I know that my God rules and reins and finishes what he starts. God Bless you, may he fill you his truth and understanding. I spent some time on your blog and enjoyed your posts. Humility is the heart of God. Thank you.

  4. Dear Steve,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Russia, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,
    Joyce

    1. Hello Joyce,

      Okay, I’ll agree to an interview. What I didn’t find were the questions that you said are enclosed. You can reach my personal e-mail through my about me page. Scroll down down on the left side, you will see a picture of St. Petersburg at dusk, right below that click on my name and from there you can send me a e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

    1. Agreed! I wanted to mention the bridge “thing” but thought it would be better if you came and got to see how similar our thinking is on this subject. Personally I think the internet has become that very thing, so the expanse can be broken. We are all so much the same when we truly look at it. Breaking down barriers in this case is very important.

  5. Hi there,

    I hope you don’t mind me contacting you out of the blue. I am a television producer working for major independent production company Optomen Television in London. We are currently producing a new documentary series for Channel 4 in the UK about people who have quit the rat race and moved to live in remote locations the world. It will be an inspirational series following the incredible stories of ordinary people who are living a unique way of life in some of the most beautiful and breath-taking places. The presenter, Kevin McCloud, best known for presenting the hit TV series ‘Grand Designs’ will visit people in their wildness homes and get to experience first-hand the wonder of life in these stunning locations.

    Our research team in London is currently looking for suitable stories to feature in the series and we’re keen to contact people who may be interested in taking part. I’m trying to find Expat British/Irish families attempting to live self-sufficiently in wilderness locations overseas and I was wondering if you are aware of anyone living a ‘simple life’ in Russia?

    Any help you can provide is much appreciated. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Many Thanks and Kind Regards,

    Cheryl Jackson
    Producer
    Cheryl.jackson@optomen.com

  6. I can relate to the feeling of standing on a bridge between two continents…is amazing to know that you carry in your soul two different cultures and they’re merging so beautifully together. We have many miles between us but still, when I’m reading your articles, I hear your written voice like it were near me. And that’s extraordinary about your blog!
    Thank you for following my blog, I’m honored and I’m looking forward to read more of your posts!
    Best wishes,
    Carissa

    1. Wow, Thank you. I hope you enjoy. I read on your blog that you want to return to where you once were. Hope you get there. Life is hard, but for it to be any other way it wouldn’t be worth it. Do you agree?

      1. I totally agree. I wrote in my about page that I wanna go back and take it all from the start. I meant it strictly emotionally…going back trough my memories, writing about it, trying to find my answers…That’s my “return” because my home now is in the US…where my heart belongs 🙂 Thank you so much for reading! I adore your writing style so I’ll surely be back here on your blog!
        Carissa

  7. Thanks for the follow and the likes, Steve. I speak some Russian myself and have been to Russia, so I look forward to reading your blog. A bit like you, if the comparison doesn’t trivialise your work, I see myself as helping foreign tourists to see Italy in a new light – and helping Italians to see tourists as more than geese that lay golden eggs.

  8. Dear hague6185,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Russia, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,
    Joyce

  9. I wanted to say thank you for following my blog and for the likes. I have been reading through your posts and am getting ready to share your blog and the re-posts you have here with friends who I know will both enjoy and appreciate being turned onto your site. You’ve gained a new fan with me, and my friends, too, I hope. Thanks again for the opportunity to share!

  10. Greetings my new friend. Thank you for the “likes” and following. I have been slow to post as I have been extremely busy at work. Busy is a word I want to eliminate from my vocabulary. Your site is terrifiic and I look forward to learning more from you.

  11. I’m delighted I came across your site and was wondering if you or any of your readers can give me some advice about recruitment in Russia. I’m working for a company that is looking to expand into Moscow and was wondering if anyone had any advice on the best places to advertise locally. We are looking for English speaking businessmanagers so any advice would be greatly appreciated. We’ve advertised on Linkedin and Monster.com but haven’t had much luck attracting the right applicants.

    1. Okay, thank you. After managing several of my own businesses in the states I can see the advantages of using this type of service, actually to a lesser degree I did employ this tactic when it came to hiring employees and tax services. The question is if it’s a viable business in Russia, this I don’t know. I will mention that I’ve been approached by a large business here which is in the automotive industry – they currently have 7 locations throughout western Russia. Let me do a bit of exploratory work (couple of days) and I will get back to you.

  12. Such a great premise here, and your tag line of being a bridge is wonderful. I especially enjoy your statement “come see your brother, he’s just like you”! I am delighted that we’ve crossed paths and I’m looking forward to exploring more of your well-written articles.

  13. OK,. . .first I want to be proper and know your first name? LOL.
    I’m amazed to have found your blog by way of coming to visit mine, so Thank You. I appreciate the recovery support and making new friends around the world.
    It’s one of the fun things about blogging.

    And for me, since I suffer from clinical depression with debilitating Agoraphobia disorder, so any blog with beautiful photo’s like you have here, make me feel I’m visiting a new place or country!! So Thank You for that as well. 🙂

    I also book promote for myself and many wonderful new authors and their books on Wpress too: http://anauthorandwriterinprogress.wordpress.com
    Just in case you didn’t see this blog of mine. I’m a new following FAN! And great to meet you 🙂

    Author, Catherine Lyon XO

  14. Thank you for following me! From what I’ve seen of your blog so far it’s very impressive. Your photos alone are amazing. I’m looking forward to reading more of you inspirational posts.

  15. Greetings Mr. Hague,

    You have created a beautiful blog here filled with a plethora of information. I love photographs; therefore, I enjoy seeing Russia through your point of view. I appreciate you sharing it. I have perused your site and find it detailed and captivating. I love travel sites as I do not travel so you folks, who do, open the world to folks such as myself.

    I do appreciate your core belief of oneness throughout humanity. We artists see the world quite differently than most. I agree, we are all one humanity. The same thing that breaks my heart would break the heart of a Russian woman or man. What brings me joy would likely ignite the same in another. Humans are far more alike than they are different, for our passions, fears, questions, accomplishments, achievements, crimes, emotions are the same even if the structure is different.

    Sadly, most folks refuse to communicate to one another focusing only on the differences and believing their political leaders, propaganda, and yellow journalism. The moment one thinks they are better than another the bridge collapses creating fear, hate, and anger. It is a lovely idea though to create the bridges and we each do as we share our ideas. It is not a new idea, to create oneness, as it has been present in philosophies throughout millenniums. Recognizing that we cannot change the world but continue to work on our little corner will allow change to take place. Since we are focused on the oneness of humanity then satisfaction can be found by touching the heart an soul of just one other. It is likely we will reach many more than a single person but it is rewarding enough to help one other see the bigger picture of humanity. I wish you well upon your journey Mr. Hague and I pray you find enormous success in this quest! After all, are we not all here on WP looking to connect with that oneness? I am, I have. I see the differences as fascinating and exciting creating the magnificent diversity within the human race. I love learning and seeing the world beyond my own front door knowing there is so much more to be discovered. I looked forward to seeing more posts from your discoveries in Russia.

    Many blessings upon you Sir.
    Tina

    1. Hi Tina,
      Sometimes in the quest for understanding and oneness we meet people who are true ambassadors, I’d say you are one of them. It’s not always the big things we do, it happens often in the little things as well. Ambassadors are vessels carrying a message sent by their King. Our lives are what’s not important but the message is. After reading your words I’d like to say thank you not for myself but for the one who sent me. It has helped me understand my calling better.

      1. Agreed Mr. Hague. We are all assigned a purpose as we are knit together. Sadly, some never realize it while others recognize his or her individual calling choosing to devote his or herself to it. Admirably, you seem to have your feet planted firmly upon the path laid out before you. It is a grand comfort knowing you are exactly where you need to be doing precisely for that which you have been created.

        I lean heavily upon Christ and rely upon him to bring fruit and purpose to all my efforts whether they be big or small. I look forward to learning more of your journey. Blessings upon you good sir.

  16. I have been looking for a front cover image for my new book. This is titled Silas E Park and is about a retired drunken sea captain. I liked your photograph titled “sea Captain ” and wondered if you would be willing to release it? I cannot afford to pay you but certainly will give you credit inside the book.
    Look forward to hearing from you
    Ieuan Dolby

    1. Currently I’m not in the country but as soon as I return I can have a look and get back to you. Please let me know which post you were looking at and I will get back with you.

  17. Thanks for your reply. The photograph can be found at:

    There is no hurry. I am looking at many ideas but the face works well. I would though need to know that the person in the photograph has no objection to be on the front cover?

    Thanks again

    Ieuan

  18. Where are my manners? Thank you so much for making the time to read my blog and being so encouraging.
    I promise i will be more consistent.
    I am so sorry it took me a while to reply.
    Thanks to you, I now know of Global Scribes and yet to get in touch.
    Do have a wonderful week.

  19. Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the follow! Your blog really resonated with me, especially since I recently got back from Europe. It’s interesting to read your perspective about life in Russia. I can’t wait to learn more from your future posts!

    Marissa

    1. Thanks Marissa, I’m glad to hear you visited. What part were you in? We recently returned from a month long vacation that took us throughout western Russia and Abkhazia, you can read about it on my blog. Since I’m new to your blog I’ll need to explore it more. Are you specifically a travel blogger?

      1. I went to 10 countries and 14 cities – all over Europe. Definitely a life changing experience! Can’t wait to check out your post about your vacation! Was it a big adjustment moving from the U.S. to Russia? My blog Workforce Movement Makers is dedicated to providing my generation, Millennials, and Generation Z insight into work related topics, from entrepreneurship to corporate life; it’s the information that’s not taught in school and i’m trying to bridge the gap between the two. I want to incorporate an international aspect into it because there is a lot of knowledge to gain from that. Looking forward to hearing what you think and exploring your blog!

  20. Excellent presentation.
    Illustrative is the way in which did you presenting the two States: Russia and America.
    So it seems that we resemble a lot, but there are aspects that differentiates us and make us uniques.
    Good luck in your approach and I waiting you in Romania, in Timisoara.

  21. Wow Steve! Stopped by for brief visit and realise there is no way my visit can be brief so I shall return when I have more time to view this beautiful place. One word I felt as a result of my drive by is serenity…

  22. Hello! The name of your blog is so alluring. Russia has been an exotic dreamland for me since my childhood reading of the Malachite fairy tales originated in your land. Greetings from the scorched Tropic of Cancer!

  23. Hello Steve,
    I’ve always been pro-west and by that, it automatically makes me anti-Russian – I suppose. This slant is reflected in my first novel, Code Shield. Talk about been brain-washed by western propaganda and selective reporting by Singaporean media!
    Interestingly, these last two years I’ve been following Russian TV and some of the more liberal western media. A real eye-opener, I must say.
    I’ve just completed the 3rd draft of my second novel that involves heavy Russian elements – a more balanced portrayal of all things Russian.
    Good to make contact, Steve, and I wish you every success. Much better to build bridges than erect walls, I reckon.
    All good wishes,
    Eric

    1. Hello Eric,
      Before I moved to Russia I’d say I was more pro-west than I am now. Living outside the U.S. has opened my eyes greatly. I suspect that you currently live or have lived recently in Singapore, am I correct? We were inundated with western propaganda which doesn’t provide balanced reporting unfortunately. We also have a similar problem here except with an eastern slant. What it’s done has given me the opportunity evaluate both sides and come to my own conclusions.

      Now I believe that neither side is right nor are they wrong, they are both a matter of perspective and agendas. I have come to understand that a single world hegemony is probably the most dangerous thing of all. It is my opinion that a balance of power is more important, as far as I can tell the west is bent on world domination which would be disastrous financially since the Federal reserve has perpetuated several quantitative easings’ (fiat monies) which will cause an inevitable collapse of the west’s monetary financial systems. But I lapse into my own thinking which is just opinion.

      But we both know that opinions are what create great nations when they realize that discourse should be the rule and not the exception. This happens to be one of my dislikes about eastern thinking, which all comes from a single head. If that individual doesn’t have a level head and isn’t promoting its’ own agenda then I believe a true balance of power can exist in the world, but yet alas we all are just human and world peace may just be an illusion to which we all are just players on the same stage.

      Thus I believe the most important thing is to build bridges that tie countries and nations together, they must be able to maintain their sovereignty and independence just as much as America has. They must be allowed to choose their own method of governance free from the bullying of a single hegemony, I have learned that democracy isn’t a political system but a way of life. This is why true democracy is practiced in Russia among it’s people not it’s government. If the west was truly free it’s people would have the same choices, yet it does not.

      In conclusion, I’d like to say I’m glad to have made your acquaintance and hope to forge a relationship that will benefit us both.

      Thanks, Steve

  24. Hi

    My name is Joyce, I am a marketing executive at expatfinder.com which is a leading expat information and services website.

    I saw on your blog that you are and expat. I wish to interview you to further share some of your tips. The questions are mainly about the housing, the daily life etc.

    It just takes 5 minutes (or more depending if you have lots to say 🙂

    Of course, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.

    If you are interested to participate at this project, please send me an email at interview@expatfinder.com.

  25. Hello,

    Thank you so very much for reblogging my piece “A Little Russian” on your wonderful site. I’m honored. I’ve been viewing some of the many offerings on your site and I’m thoroughly enjoy the posts. I’m 61 years old, my interest in Russia (aside from having great, great grandparents who lived in Russia) began when I was young, with an introduction to classical music, with an emphasis toward Russian composers. Since then, my interest in Russia has remained, and since gaining a tiny bit of wisdom with old age, I knew that Russia, it’s people – was NOT the evil empire we here in the States have been told they were. I’m so happy to have discovered your site and will continue to follow it enthusiastically. Again thank you for the reblog, and more importantly, thank you for your dedication and work on your site. All the best….Decker

    1. Hello Decker,
      You are welcome, when I find great post like yours I like to post them. I’ve been living and working here in Russia for the last 5 years and absolutely love it. I’ve tried to post when I can but work right now is the priority. When I retire in 5 years (just a year behind you) I hope to travel more through Russia and see much more of this marvelous country. I believe I myself may have a bit of Ossetian in the blood. After extensive research I found that they came to England early on and settled in Scotland. You can visit it here – http://wp.me/p2ROdc-3Bw

      Interestingly enough I have a friend that is moving here to Russia from Panama, he will be settling down here this summer. He also loves classical music and is trying to get me interested. I’ll be investigating it more in the future.
      Russia is nothing like people believe it is, the people are wonderful here once you get past the hard exterior.
      Glad you enjoy “Life in Russia”, hope to see more of you as I will visit your blog as well.

      1. Thank you! Just read your piece “Ossetia’s Connection to Scotland” – wonderful! Would never have known any of this without your piece! I’ve often wanted to travel to Russia – the funds and work have never allowed it. But I feel I’m there sometimes…especially listening to a Tchaikovsky, or almost any classical piece by a Russian composer…or even watching the 1990 movie, “The Russia House”, which I thoroughly enjoy, if for no other reason, it gives the “feeling” of Russia, from an outsider’s perspective. I’ve been following a Youtube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeix8jbmQnS6FprsJIsjVyQ/videos, (Inessa S) which takes videos from Putin and other Russian officials talking, press conferences, etc., and adds the English translation so one get the direct translation. I did this for my education, as I thought hearing directly from these leaders and officials would either confirm or not, what I’ve believed all along – it’s not the evil empire we were raised to believe it was. Your website adds greatly to my education on the subject, and I’m very grateful for your work.

        All the best
        Decker

      2. I think if there is a evil empire it emanates from the western hemisphere not the eastern hemisphere. It existed in Russia at one time but today it’s headquarters resides in a land that was once free and was the home of the brave. Like all great empires this one is at it’s zenith, unfortunately like Rome it will fall too, it’s only a matter of time. I listened to what Putin said in one of the podcasts that I’m sure we have both listened to – a uni-polar world causes much grief that in the reality doesn’t need to happen. Let’s hope Trump will see this truth and work together with Putin to realize a better world.

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