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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...!

Free Land in Russia

A couple of weeks ago, a friend sent a news article announcing free land in Russia. Could it be true? Yes, if you were a Russian citizen and felt the pioneering spirit, you could sign up for the latest in Russian-good-ideas-gone-bad. The Russian president approved the scheme whereby one hectare (2.5 acres) would be given…


Plantation Archaeology

I am in residence this week at an historic plantation with a tremendous archaeology program. The quiet grounds spread before us, over 2,000 acres in the rolling countryside. For the first time since college, I have roommates— two other tremendous ladies when there should be five in our room. We get along so well and…


Monday Mottoes – #150

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.” – Vince Lombardi


Signs of Summer

Personally, I’m in the midst of a number of special projects this summer, similar to mergers and acquisitions, time-consuming and not at all allowing me to move forward in other, vital areas. I barely know that it’s summer, other than my now-becoming-sporadic daily power walk. So today, I am recounting the highlights of summer and…


Four Weeks Petya-Free

We are more than midway through and actually nearing the end of the month-long leave of absence our oldest son took from his job… and his university studies… and us. Volunteering as a camp counselor, I hear he’s heading out for whitewater rafting early in the morning. He sneaks the occasional text to us once…


Your Life’s Sentence

Don’t get me wrong, not a life sentence, but your life’s sentence. That’s something different. What will sum up the focus and accomplishments of your life? Where are you aiming? What do you want? Claire Boothe Luce, American author and politician, once said that a great person’s life could be summed up in one sentence….


Monday Mottoes – #149

My husband recently likened raising children to growing a garden. Unless we weed it, feed it and water it, it won’t grow. Same with kids: let them do anything they want and you won’t get much good fruit. That is not a popular view these days, it seems. Walk into any public space— a store,…


Nice, France: A Declaration of War

In every disagreement, argument or conflict, there comes a time when the balance is tipped. That just happened in Nice, France, with the latest terrorist attack killing almost 100 people (“dizaines de morts” – dozens of dead). The world is at war with ISIS and has been for years. The rise of ISIS happened under…


Montpelier Train Depot

It was one of those sites that just presents itself. As usual, we were on our way traveling from one place to another, when good fortune would have it, we passed a delightful stop. Not really interesting enough to make a special trip just for this, it was an aha moment when the serendipity of…


Heard from the Famous Person

For research purposes, I had to contact someone who is a giant in their field. Their recent and upcoming work was threatening to affect a book that I was writing. It was not simply a good idea that I get in touch; it was paramount. The institutional e-mail listed for il famoso did not elicit…