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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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Learning Twitter

Some people think I should know social media. Why, I have no idea. All the news that’s fit to print I put in this blog, for you, my faithful readers. Do you really want to know that I saw Mrs. Obama at the Target store? Do you need to know that I ate a salad…

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Waiting Up at Night

It’s something that most every parent goes through at some point in their life. The fact that I should have probably been a grandmother by now does not help. It only means that I’m more tired than most what with rising early in the a.m. and going to bed late in the p.m. And now…

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Of Triads, Triangulation and Targets

When it comes to adoption, many are the terms that new parents need to learn. Alphabet soup diagnoses from FAS to RAD and back again exist, along with the three big T’s: triads, targets and triangulation. Thought to be an equilateral triangle, the adoption triad consists of birth mother, adoptee and adoptive parents. Nothing equal…

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Steaming Sahleb

The mysterious hot sahleb drink is served on Middle Eastern streets throughout the freezing winter months. Often served in outdoor kiosks from large, silver, samovar urns, the drink approximates a pudding-like dessert created out of ground orchid root. You heard right. Orchid root. It’s a thick, fragrant drink that will warm you from the inside-out….

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Monday Mottoes – #73

Time to get honest. What do you want in life? I mean, really want? I spoke with a friend today who’s been battling cancer for the last six months, pulled through, and doing quite well. Her grown daughter talked about how the two of them would just sit together and cry some days, not out…

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Stray Cat Saves Freezing Abandoned Baby in Russia

In the faraway town of Obninsk in Kaluga, Russia, the neighborhood stray cat rescued… an abandoned baby… left in an apartment stairwell… in freezing weather. The fact that the cat’s name was reported to be Marsha told me that something was not quite right. Marsha? What was this, the Brady Bunch? Sure enough, it was…

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A Heart, A Brain, and Courage: No Place Like Home

I’ve often thought about our three youngest children stepping out of a scene from The Wizard of Oz. It’s because we have three distinct self-image deficits that seem to fit a pattern. In many ways, our youngest, Sashenka, is like the Tin Man. She lacks a heart. But she’s getting there. She has flashes of…

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Vocabulary for Wintertime in Russia

Ah, I recall the winter in Russia, actually, my favorite time of year there. So today, we’ll share a few Russian words about this most special season full of limited daylight, blizzard-like snow, and hot chai. When the sun rises after 9:00 in the morning, or sets around 3:00 in the afternoon, it can shock…

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Doggy Dreams

A cold and rainy night called for the family to lounge in front of a crackling fire. A couple of kids lay sprawled on the carpet, a couple more sat on comfortable chairs, while the dogs piled on the couch with Benedetto and moi. So relaxed and comfortable and drowsy, Misha dozed off and began…

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Monday Mottoes – #72

Slogging along in life makes time stand still. At any time we can pick up the pace by cooperation with others. Working together causes things to hum along at a much better clip, as long as everyone can coordinate their efforts. By spelling out each person’s role according to their skills and abilities, we increase…