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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…!

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Co-Opting Nazi Germany?

The other day, the actor Tim Allen made a comment about what it was like to be a conservative in liberal-leaning Hollywood. He likened it to being in Germany in the ‘30s: The Last Man Standing actor said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Friday: “You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You’ll get…

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The Beach Cottage Must-Haves

Spring break is upon us and the summer is quickly approaching. Thoughts turn to beach getaway destinations. As a family who has owned or rented properties by various seaside locales, I thought we might share our specs when choosing a special property by the ocean. First of all, the house needs to be near the…

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Monday Mottoes – #182

Our family hails from Italian and Russian backgrounds, Benedetto from the former, myself and the kids from the latter. We are not Russian Orthodox, however, the week of Mas’lenitsa, which was recently celebrated, is not worth missing. Depending on your frame of mind, it can be a pagan custom celebrating the arrival of spring with…

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The Opposite of Yo

“Mashenka!” Benedetto called our 18-year-old daughter. “Yo!” she replied. I raised my eyebrows.  Personally, I prefer a more refined form of communication, not borderline ghetto talk. “Papa doesn’t care if I say Yo,” she said. “I do. Just because your English isn’t very good doesn’t mean you can’t figure out why Yo is not so…

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The Scary Realities of Sleep Deprivation

Studies came out almost four years ago about the effect of sleep deprivation on performance: it was similar to being drunk. Some said, even more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. That’s heady stuff. That’s scary stuff. I’ve been trying to get more sleep than I used to and doing a good job of it. However,…

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Bringing Kids on Business Appointments

No, no, no. Do not do this. Do I sound like Grumpy Cat, or what? I’m serious. This is the fastest way to deep-six your career, and believe me, I’m family-friendly. I know what it’s like to juggle a million things… and oops! What to do with the kids? Childcare or after school care or…

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My New Love: Mason Jars

Okay, I get it, I’m coming late to the party. Mason jars have been around for a number of years. Practically every country music star, Duck Dynasty and Farmer Jones type of blog uses Mason jars in their lush photos of iced tea on the back porch. I understand that it’s redneck culture, if that’s…

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Monday Mottoes – #181

Self-doubt and second-guessing run rampant. At a reception recently, yours truly functioned as a life coach, making the rounds of guests and offering my two cents which could probably easily equal two million dollars for the friends involved. People seem to gravitate to me for advice. This was strictly off-the-record and gratis, simply people going…

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Attactive, Sealed Bomb Shelters of War

The Festival of Purim, based on the Scroll of Esther in the Bible, happens this weekend. It commemorates the victory of the Jewish people over their Persian enemies in the year 356 BC. In modern terms, the holiday takes me back to 1991, living in Jerusalem and having come through the multiple missile attacks of…

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The Art of Weekly Menus

From cruise ships to school cafeterias, many are the institutions organizing their weekly menus. Our family, as well. The two of us sit and spend maybe ten minutes, once a week, figuring out and writing down what we will be eating.  It saves time and never leaves us hanging with nothing to eat. Considering that…