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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...!
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Get Rich Quick?

There’s a scam a day out there, people. Be careful. Anything that sounds too good to be true…. So why do people continue to sign-up for “educational courses” that exist for the sole reason of selling you on even larger promotional packages? Because you will learn a little along the way. Very little. But just…

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Mother-Son Texts

Only one of our teens has a phone and that is by design. I can’t keep up with one, how would I handle three more? He’s the one who taught me how to text in three alphabets and numerous other languages, as I’m in touch with friends, relatives, and associates worldwide. But most of all,…

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Kitchen Heat at Hanukkah

I get it, I really do. Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication, celebrates the cleansing of the Temple in Jerusalem after foreign occupation. When it came time to light the menorah, oil that should have lasted one day lasted eight until more holy oil could be produced. So most every food during the eight days of…

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Chicken Little, The Ruble is Falling

In Russia these days, the sky is falling. Yet again. I first wrote about this back in September (http://www.destinationsdreamsanddogs.com/rough-times-in-russia/), but things have gotten worse. A lot worse. It’s raining Russian rubles as the economy tanks. Yesterday, the ruble dropped to almost half of its value against the dollar since the beginning of 2014. The currency…

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Monday Mottoes – #68

Are you a plotter and a planner? I admit that I am. I want to know going into something how long it’s going to take, how much it’s going to cost, what type of time commitment is needed upfront. No surprises, no shock, no second-guessing. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always follow that pattern. It’s a step…

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Fave Family Photos

Holidays often bring photos. I love it, I love seeing families gathered together. Even when they all look pained by the thought of it, lol. Growing up, I don’t remember our family taking any group shots, but there are many of us as individuals. We also went to a professional studio where we took solo…

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Holiday Performance Panic

I have no problem with my kids being in holiday choirs, singing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” or “My Dreidl, Dreidl, Dreidl”. For our family, the festival of Hanukkah and the celebration of Christmas are what this season is all about. Decorating the home, giving gifts, enjoying special foods—it’s all icing on the cake—and a…

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Technology Tensions

I like the idea of technology, really I do. It just never seems to work out how it’s supposed to. Ever. And being faithful and true really means a lot to me. So if something’s going to crash and burn exactly at the point when I need it, ya know, I’d rather not be involved…….

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Where Have All Our Old Haunts Gone?

It’s the holidays and I’m feeling nostalgic. My kids are teens and old enough to understand that I had youthful traditions with my own mother once upon a time. I call a local department store that’s had an in-store café since the 1950s known for sky-high club sandwiches, delicate tea sandwiches, and luscious pies and…

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Monday Mottoes – #67

December, the final month of the year. What have we accomplished, what dreams have come to fruition, what lasting results have we lassoed into our lives? In a sense, it’s a time of reckoning, which makes most people nervous and leads to partying and revelry, as though absolving any accountability. Not so fast, not so…