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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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Cuckoo Conversations with my Kids

Four teens in the house can drive even the most sane parents over the edge. I get an e-mail from a colleague as I enquire about a date to do some work around the end of May, informing him that my oldest son’s tennis season will draw to a close around that date and I…

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Spring Cleaning Surprises

It’s that time of year when we clear away the old, the dark, the dusty and lighten up for spring and summer. Since my time comes and goes in fits and spurts, I grab whatever morsel I have whenever I can, and clean, clean, clean. Closets and shelves and counters and storage bins need to…

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Homeschool Spring Assessment

It’s that time of year. We’re past the winter break mid-point, spring break three-quarter-point, and steamrolling straight toward the end of the school year. But where are the kids in their pursuit of academic excellence? The process of figuring out their progress should be fairly straightforward. However, it all went awry when my husband took…

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Monday Mottoes – #35

It’s often been asked, “If you could do anything and know you wouldn’t fail, what would it be?” Well, that’s a great question, but the fact is, if we bite off more than we can handle, the fear is that failure will be waiting on the other side. That’s what the question is, an attempt…

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You Are Not Alone

The trials of life come to us all at one time or another. Maybe a loved one’s personality has changed for the worse, and they don’t care any more. It could be a life-threatening illness or constant stress. The economy has thrown a wrench into many families’ plans. At times, it can seem like too…

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Couple Time Apart from the Kids

Benedetto and I are sneaky ones.  Most parents have private time away from their children.  It may be when they’re in school, or at night after they’re in bed, or at their grandparents’ over the holidays.  Since we have few of those options, you have to get creative. Enter spring break and our teens’ joy…

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A Drive in the Country

Perhaps if you live in the country, you might want to get away to a big city for a change.  For us urbanites, a drive in the country is just the thing. We had sold the kids on a staycation, because the rest of us, namely their two parents, have things to do during spring…

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I-Pads at Passover-?

In my own little bubble of reality, I like to think that I’m still with-it enough to know about certain trends circulating in the world at large. Apparently not. One of my correspondents was kind enough to send me a NY Times article on incorporating i-Pads and tablets at the Passover Seder table.  In other…

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Monday Mottoes – #34

You deserve congratulations because you’re in the race.  You haven’t dropped out, given up, or quit.  And even if you have, and dusted yourself off again, you’re giving it your best shot now. You live in the present, not in the past of regrets, or in the future of what-might-be, but in the very real…

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Brandeis Bungles Ayaan Hirsi-Ali

The biggies at Brandeis University in Massachusetts took one big step backwards in terms of progress.  As a matter of fact, the big step was like a drop off of a cliff. You see, they had decided to honor human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi-Ali, a Somali-American and former Muslim who speaks out about her past. …