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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!

Join us for international adventure with our fast-track family holding Old World values while adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go...!

Snow Day for the Scotties

Hello, are you following me? ~Grisha Welcome to the urban blizzard, we are Misha and Grisha, the famous Scottish Terriers of the Bartologimignano family! Whenever we hear of snow coming, it delights us. You see, waaaaay back when, in our family history, our ancestors lived in the highlands of Scotland. So when Snowmageddon was headed…


Building a Bottle Tree

Let me say for the record, Benedetto does not like these. A southern tradition, bottle trees— which are bottles of all sorts stuck on the end of dead tree branches, or tied to a living tree like Christmas ornaments— are often found out in the country on crepe myrtle tree branches near a home or…


Monday Mottoes – #232

Depending on which type of industry you’re involved with, ageism can be a very real problem. The world just marked the passing of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, in his 70s and with physical disabilities and the world celebrated him. However, if you try to become employed or stay employed with similar challenges… how shall we…


What I Learned from Stephen Hawking

The well-known English physicist and mathematician, Stephen Hawking, has passed at age 76. Director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge, England, he also suffered for over five decades from a rare and life-threatening condition of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) while still carrying on his work. I’m no scientist….


You’re HOW Old-?! Self-Destructive Behavior

I recently saw a celebrity whom I incorrectly calculated to be much older than she was in actuality. Then I heard her real age. A shock-! It wasn’t only outright wrinkles. It was a variety of influences. But yes, smoking and alcohol were right up there with the rest of the factors. She looked OLD….


Monday Mottoes – #231

Today you are staging your life in a movie— what will it be— a drama, a tragedy, a love story, a comedy? Imagine that you are the writer and you are the director. That’s the way life is. Many believe that they are mere “extras” to the game of life, that they have no control…


Working Out With Your Dog: Doggy Dream-Away

Most everyone knows that people with dogs are generally more in shape than those without dogs— they walk them, they play with them, they brush them, they bend down and pet them…. The feel-good hormones of dopamine and serotonin surge and the human family enjoys better heart health, skin health, mental health and so much…


Avoiding Hotel Room Germs

Spring is upon us and there’s travel, travel everywhere. Here are more spring break tips. Hand sanitizers are helpful when embarking on a trip, but toss a package of the disinfecting wipes in your bag, as well. And even though this is your family’s time to kick back and relax, enlist all of them in…


Doublemindedness Will Do You In; Resilience Will Save You

It’s 3:00 am and I’m up to begin my day. Prayer, Bible, contact foreign fields… no, wait! I peek out the window— same as when I went to bed around midnight and it was lightly snowing. Still coming down. If your area is anything like ours, it’s been one day of severe winter storms, while…


Change Your Life… Today!

It has come to my attention that many are the multitudes languishing out there, hoping to change their lives, but stuck in the realm of ennui and low energy. Today, yours truly will give you a good kick in the pants and inform: Yes, you can change your life… and you can do it today!…