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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...!

The Mystery of Scotland Yard

Yesterday we learned that the first female head of Scotland Yard, Cressida Dick, had been named after 188 years. The police commissioner, in her mid-50s, served the force for 31 years, overseeing counter-terrorism there for several years before retiring to the Foreign Office. And now she was back. In full power. Which caused me to…


Colonial Houses: Returning to the Past Will Cost You

It’s a lovely time of year on the East Coast. In the north, there’s not yet much hint of spring, while in the south, some days are reaching up to the very warm ranges. Daffodils peek out here and there and even the grass is starting to grow again. Soon it will be time for…


Remember, Pressure Can Be Positive

I know a whole lot of people going through a whole lot of things. The pressure is practically killing them. It’s emotional, intellectual, financial, and spiritual stress. Which is generally just another word for fear. There are business deals in the balance. A marriage on the rocks. Cars breaking down.  Kids gone awry and astray….


Why I Don’t Believe You’re a Millionaire

Today, being a millionaire is like saying you have a refrigerator. Particularly if you reside in an urban area and own something bigger than a one-room apartment. You are already a millionaire. Anyhow, if you’re anything like me, you receive loads of lame e-mails every day from online marketers promising to turn you into a…


Monday Mottoes – #178

Today in the United States, it’s Presidents’ Day, commemorating the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and George Washington (February 22nd). Washington was the first president and Lincoln was the sixteenth, both men known for stellar leadership and outstanding guidance for the country. While many Americans celebrate with a day off from school or work…


Money Talks with Minnie the Moocher

Minnie the Moocher was a 1931 jazz song about a woman who begged for a living. In our family, it reminds us of Sashenka, 16-going-on-3. All she talks about is money and I wonder if it may be our fault. We don’t talk about finances non-stop. And we are not poor. So we try to…


Do You Daydream?

I’ve heard it said that adults daydream almost 50% of their waking hours. That’s a lot of time! I imagine everyone is basically wishing that they were somewhere else, with somebody else, doing something else. That’s a whole lot of regret. I don’t have much time to daydream, nor to second-guess: coulda, woulda, shoulda. I…


Quick & Easy Skills That Are Important to Learn

While perusing a really cool article from www.lifehack.org, I found some very basic skills that I really need to learn. Never mind the lack of time, I think I can do these. One day. Just not one day soon. But the surprising thing is, some of them actually intrigue me. I guess they appeal to…


Valentine’s Day — Sweet or Sour?

I wish I were referring to going out for Chinese. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Although Chinese food on any day is not such a bad idea. Personally, Valentine’s Day might not be ideal for a night out— restaurants are packed and couples are trying so hard. Exhausting. Yet, I remember one Valentine’s dinner distinctly…


Monday Mottoes – #177

Time is the great revealer, the one measure by which we pull back the curtain of life and discover what really matters. Apart from priorities and a ladder of values, time slips away like wisps of fog as a storm rolls in. Have you ever noticed: the storms of life seem to settle and cast…