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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...!

How Far Would You Commute for a Job?

Okay, maybe that’s downplaying the issue by calling it “a job”. More of a “career” or a “calling” could put it into better perspective. Yet the question remains: how far would you travel to work? Our family commutes, driving between seven and eight hours between cities to spend half a week in each location. Kinda…


Lumps and Bumps in Older Dogs

Our Scottish Terriers are now approaching ten and eleven years old. Doing fine, other than their dark black hair turning to salt and pepper patches, they appear to be aging with grace. After a bath or a meaningful bowel movement, they revert to puppies, kicking up their heels and wanting to run around like wild…


In The Valley of the Shadow of Death

My heart goes out to those who are in the waning years of their life. Often, their families try to arrange the best care possible— whether at home or in a retirement or assisted care facility. It’s a tough call. My mother-in-law has been living in such an assisted-living home for the past five years….


Monday Mottoes – #203

Possibly the one truly non-renewable resource is time. It’s a commodity in great demand, yet many simply give up and throw in the towel, rather than harness their daily schedule. Could it be phone calls, e-mails, stop-byes and interruptions at the office that eat up your time? I had a friend who oversaw an entire…


More Quick Comfort Food

I’ve been on my own for a couple of days inbetween shuttling kids here and there. Not the best schedule, but I need to make it work. Without anyone else to presently cook for, I can easily slip into my own bad habits. So I make a conscious effort to cook for myself instead of…


Who Controls Your Future?

If you asked me who controls my future, I would say, bottom line: God. But no so fast. We have a part to play, as well. Which is both the terrifying, as well as the exhilarating, aspect of the equation. When we miss it occasionally and then suffer the consequences, that’s not God. That’s us!…


Jilting Al Jazeera

The hatred-filled Al Jazeera “news” network from Qatar is being kicked to the curb yet again. Numerous Arab nations have found the network’s radical Muslim stance particularly suited to inciting violence and have rejected their broadcasts. The United States also does not allow them to broadcast, but their articles and videos may be found online…


Flash from the Past: Fun Summer Flick

With summer fading on the horizon, and back-to-school supplies and schedules concerning those who need to be concerned, it’s a great time for a summer film. Not to mention days on end of rain across the U.S.’s East Coast, which makes for good viewing weather…. So our family hunkered down the other night to watch…


Monday Mottoes – #202

It’s the craziest thing. The anomaly continues. The more I turn down business, the more clients clamor for my attention. Sometimes, I believe I’m being saved from disaster by the ability to say “No”. It just happened in the last hour. Two different groups hoped that I would consult with them during the same time…


Wrinkle-Free Sleeping

And the business that I tried to turn down yesterday has returned today. A 30-year-old PhD needs me, plus his whole team, which causes some stress, along with another group of clients reaching out to me, whom I also try to dissuade from working with me, for similar reasons. I’m not sure it’s a great…