Russell and Duenes

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No, I’m not stoned in this picture, but I do love the world of thought. Thinking well is one of the neglected arts in our culture, and certainly I’ve neglected it too often myself. I try to follow the truth wherever it leads. My great friend and I began this page back in January of 2009, thinking that we’d do a lot of podcasts (though that part hasn’t come to fruition), and somehow we’ve managed to keep it going.

My heart and mind belong to a Jewish man from the Middle East, and I deeply want to be a man who, in the words of Flannery O’ Connor, journeys on “the highly dangerous quest” of “stalking joy.” I still believe that deep down people want to give voice to the things that matter most in being human. I’m one of those people, and I love giving voice.

I also love my wife and my three sons more than I can say. I hail from Southern California, spent 10 years in the wonderful Bay Area (though I still hate the SF Giants as passionately as ever), and now reside in that teeming metropolis that is Topeka, Kansas. God said to the ancient Jewish patriarch, Abraham: “Get thee out of thy homeland to a land thence that I will shew thee.” Thus he says to all of his children, for we are pilgrims and strangers on the earth, who are seeking the city with foundations, whose maker is God.




Keeping Things Whole

In a field

I am the absence

of field.

This is

always the case.

Wherever I am

I am what is missing.

When I walk

I part the air

and always

the air moves in

to fill the spaces

where my body’s been.

We all have reasons

for moving.

I move

to keep things whole.

Mark Strand


Written by Michael Duenes

January 27, 2009 at 3:32 am

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  1. These two men have been very influential in my life, they are wonderful people. They are great men(emphasis on men) and have great things to say and have said great things. I love your website its da bomb!!!!!!

    Roberto Aldama

    February 3, 2009 at 5:03 am

  2. I’m enjoying your blog. I have a few more entries to catch up on. Thanks for sharing with me.


    February 6, 2009 at 3:53 am

  3. Thanks, Neb. I (Michael) am honored that you’re reading our stuff. Pass it along. We’re planning on recording our first podcast tomorrow, so check for that.


    February 6, 2009 at 4:38 am

  4. Hey Mr. Russell and Mr. Duenes, good blog, I’ve just started reading it and it has begun to bring back the tangents that we would go off into during class and the good discussions that sprouted. Best of luck to the two of u!

    Gordon Campos

    February 7, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    • Thanks, Ryan. Pass the word along about it to anyone you think might be interested. Our main interest is in having podcasts on the webpage, and we recorded our first one this last week, on a Christian view of torture. You’ll want to give that one a listen and give us feedback.


      February 8, 2009 at 2:19 am

  5. hahahahahahaha ah.”in a field, I am the absence of field.” ah, i remember that from creative writing. anyway, Hallo! this is christine =) Redballoonstudios is Nick and my blog. ill try to keep updated on reading your blog. Cannot wait for the podcast!!!!!



    February 18, 2009 at 11:24 pm

  6. These 2 guys are the BEST.. very inspiring. I can go to them for anything they are considered family to me. Thanks.


    Jason Erdahl

    March 28, 2009 at 11:43 pm

  7. Clean design, easy to find layout, and fantastic content! This is one of the best blogs I have read.


    April 19, 2009 at 4:01 am

  8. Thanks for the compliment. I am very glad I discovered your blog, too. Keep up the good work, my brother.



    April 19, 2009 at 4:23 am

  9. Hi Mr. Duenes and Mr. Russell, this is Neala! Whoa, I feel my brain getting bigger with each blog I read. Seriously, it’s awesome that you two have begun this blog. Haha, I thought the same thing as Christine: “In a field, I am the absence of field.” See you both on Tuesday, I’m off to read more of your blogs!


    May 24, 2009 at 8:28 pm

  10. Thanks for checking out the blog Neala. We should be posting more podcasts soon too. Let us know what you think.



    May 25, 2009 at 9:09 pm

  11. Hello there,

    I discovered this blog through another, Andrew Gray’s. I’d just like to encourage a continual lifting up of Christ, as I’ve been blessed by Duenes’ posts there, which led me here.

    Insofar as all glory be to God, thanks.


    September 4, 2009 at 11:38 pm

  12. I just stumbled onto your site and am listening to a podcast. I can’t find you on itunes, are you there? If so what should I search for, or is this still an active site, blog, and podcast.



    October 6, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    • Josh,

      Thanks for visiting. We’re still very much an active blog, and we’re still doing new podcasts, but we’ve been having trouble getting them on to itunes. We should have a new one up soon. You can find them on our home page, but I’ll try to get them up on itunes as well.

      R & D


      October 6, 2009 at 8:49 pm

  13. Fantastic blog. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue and entries I’ve read so far and look forward to checking out older entries as well. I normally do not do this without some sort of personal connection with or prior knowledge of the writers/source(s), but I’ve added your blog to my list of links for others to checkout as well. Based on what I have read, your insight and responses seem to be bathed in grace and humility while striving for intellectual honesty and theological consistency.
    I look forward to reading more!
    Thanks for the entries, gents!


    PS – I found your blog when one of you commented on one of my blog entries (“Are You a Gleek?”). Thank you for reading and commenting and feel free to stop by any time!

    Christian the Christian

    October 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    • Thanks, Christian, for your kind words. I’ll be back to check out more of your stuff as well. I thought you had an excellent take on “Glee,” and by all means, feel free to keep commenting. I always learn much from the interactions.



      October 22, 2009 at 7:17 pm

  14. Mr. Duenes is pretty cool.

    Ashley Moog

    May 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm

  15. Mike
    It was good to find you again after having lost you for several years. Hope things are well with you and your family. Please send me your contact info.
    Ed Lassiter

    Edward Lassiter

    March 3, 2011 at 11:21 am

  16. Yes, Mr. Duenes is pretty cool. I think it’s time to update the bio. At least with an S on the end of ‘son’. And this Jewish man from the middle east thing … I didn’t know you were such a Doron Sheffer fan. Hmm … maybe only my Big East friends will get that.


    December 31, 2011 at 7:18 am

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