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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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Quoits, Croquet and Bocce

I am not a snob, really, I’m not. However, as summer swings into high gear, all I can picture is a gathering on the beach, men in khaki pants and white shirts, ladies in white linen tea-length-or-longer dresses and sunhats, playing lawn games. And sipping lemonade. By the seaside. On a grassy lawn. What are…

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Camp Photos from Afar

They are in staff training for the next few days before the campers arrive. Smart move. I ask Petya to send group photos. Here the tribe leaders (counselors) are in a van, smiling wildly. They look normal and happy and dynamic. “Great group!” I text enthusiastically. “They’re all awesome, just like me, hehe,” I receive…

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Desperate Mother Moments

I’m doing okay, thanks, even though my eldest son is far away. Saying goodbye at the train station at 4:00 am was challenging. But he made it to Manhattan, no problem, meeting up with his team and then heading for points north. His two tired parents, myself having slept for all of an hour or…

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My New Personal Assistant

In general, my oldest son acts as my personal assistant. He helps me in so many ways. And now, he’s taking a leave of absence from his job… and from me. Not that it was intended that way… but still…. Petya travels to the Adirondacks to be a volunteer boys’ camp counselor. He came highly…

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Monday Mottoes – #147

There are two schools of thought regarding success and winning in life: 1) winning is everything and 2) winning doesn’t matter. I believe it was Vince Lombardi who asked, “If winning isn’t everything, then why do we keep score?” Games have been developed in recent decades to take the winning/losing aspect of the equation for…

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How to Negotiate Anything Abroad

You can do this. Doesn’t matter if you’re filthy rich and can’t be bothered, for many goods and services in the rest of the world, you are expected to negotiate and haggle the price down. Not to do so would say something of your naivete, as well as make life difficult for the next stranger…

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Fallout and Followup After a Business Trip

Let’s just put it this way: it takes a long time to get back to normal after a business trip. As a matter of fact, my whole life seems to be either preparing for, or following up after, some kind of travel. I’d like for once, just once to: go, do, and be done with…

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What’s Changed in Moscow?

I’ve been asked by many to report more in-depth concerning Moscow. Many adoptive parents have not been there in the past decade when international adoptions began to close. No matter what region you stayed in, most of us had to end up our trip with several days in the capital. Is it the same? Yes…

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LinkedIn Anxiety

I admit, I live the life of a hermit. A jet-setting hermit. A very busy hermit. But a hermit nonetheless. Now it has been brought to my attention that I really need a LinkedIn profile. Which, in many ways, anything beyond sending smoke signals by computer is really too high tech for mere, middle-aged mortals…

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Monday Mottoes – #146

It was Father’s Day. A time when dads basked in their children’s love. Usually. If you raised them right. If they went along with the program. If everyone minded their p’s and q’s. Whatever that means along the lines today of minding one’s manners. Apparently it comes from the English pub life of the 17th…