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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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The 49-cent Nepalese Human Sacrifice

I have traveled the world many times over and I know from observation and participation that what you believe just might save you. It also just might kill you. The latest news story from Nepal this week involves a distressed father with an ill son. A Hindu “holy man”, who appears from his photo to…

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Coffee With Healthful Spices

The jury is still out on coffee and whether or not it’s good for you. Or not harmful, at least. Is water-processed decaf as dangerous as chemically-processed decaf? Is that as beneficial as caffeinated? Being more Euro-oriented in my younger days, I used to laugh at the Americans who needed to have a dusting of…

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Monday Mottoes – #100

Our oldest son is home and I can breathe a sigh of relief. He journeyed solo to and from New York City, had many wonderful experiences, and all is well. Petya got to spread his wings and be independent, while enjoying a great group of older teens. I got to thinking about how kids express…

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Iran & Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

It’s the little matter of 12,000 kilometers. The Iranians insisted on this at the end of the pseudo-negotiations, and I say pseudo because I can’t see anything worthwhile for the US in any of the Iranian “deal”. Intercontinental ballistic missiles have that kind of range—to travel between continents. At a time when American schoolchildren are…

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Teen Job Search – Plan B

Mashenka can’t find a summer job. She came to it late, starting to look almost at the end of June. Many schools and universities already had flooded the market with applicants. It’s not like she needs to work. But some summertime responsibility could be a good thing. Being around others might force her to enunciate,…

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When “LOL” is Overrated

As anyone else, if I’m making a joke while texting with friends, I might insert lol, laughing out loud. Just so that they know I’m teasing them. Benedetto never teases except in person, so he never uses lol. Yet, anyone who knows us would say that he is more laid-back and I’m more serious and…

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How to Extract a Picture of My Son

Fact #1: Petya is in NY. Fact #2: I am not. Fact #3: I will need a photo of him soon or I will not be able to stand it. How do I persuade my son to take 10 seconds out of his busy day and send his sweet mother a pic or two? In…

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Monday Mottoes – #99

As we approach our 100th Monday motto, it may be time for a Sashenka-ism. That would be a phrase uttered by our youngest daughter, often that makes no sense whatsoever. We can always blame it on the fact that English is not this Russki’s first language, or the fact that she marches to her own…

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Check-in from NYC

Our eldest has spent the last five days in New York City and is about one-third through his trip. Naturally, I’ve received about three photos total of him since he’s been there and it’s hard to argue for anything more since their group is not allowed to be on the phone or texting more than…

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Generations of Genocide

A former Nazi officer, known as the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz” and now in his 90s was sentenced by a German court to four years in prison. His crime included counting the cash of new arrivals at the death camp of Auschwitz/Birkenau located in Nazi-occupied Poland. An old man, 90-some years old. We will not ascribe…