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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 Selfie Generation

Don’t get me wrong, I love selfies. I remember the first time we ever saw a photo selfie stick. Asian tourists strolled the streets of DC, holding i-Phones beyond arm’s length and it was unclear exactly what they were doing. Nowadays, it’s clear, but back then… not so much. I immediately commented to all those…

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Oh Autumn, How Do I Love Thee?

Let me count the ways…. The joys of autumn are fast approaching, depending on where in the world we live. On the east coast of America, in the mid-Atlantic region, fall has been not-so-fast, actually slow in arriving. Last night, the temperatures dropped to the 40s degree Fahrenheit, so I’m feeling hopeful-! What are these…

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Monday Mottoes – #212

Unless you’re a really young person, most of us have some measure of life experience in our past. Good, bad or otherwise. We face the daily decision to either look forward and move forward, or look backward and move backward. Kind of like sharks who are never stationary, but always pressing forward. Think about it:…

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What Creature is in the Attic?

It’s that time of year when temps at the dacha fall below 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the attic and wild life comes to nest there. It’s a modern home, but for some reason, raccoons, opossums, and some squirrels feel that they run the roost, the raccoons leading the way and prying off soffits with abandon…

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Less Free Contraceptives = More Abortions?

Should free contraceptives be a basic American right? The Trump administration, cutting back on employers being required to provide either free contraceptives or free abortions in all cases, should consider some unintended results. Could the limiting of employer-paid contraception lead to the increased need for abortions, or the cost associated with unplanned pregnancies and raising…

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Monday Mottoes – #211

Today, in many parts of the Americas, it’s Columbus Day, commemorating the discovery of the New World in 1492. That was 525 years ago-! The Italian explorer from Genoa/Genova, Cristoforo Colombo, sailed on behalf of Spain. Nowadays, it might mean a day off from work, or a day of shopping special sales. Not so many…

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On the Occasion of Our Anniversary

Many, many years ago, when I was so young, we entered into holy matrimony. And here we are, many decades later, still together. A miracle, an accomplishment, a blessing, a life shared and multiplied. Here are a few quotes to celebrate our anniversary, happening October 7th…. “What is Love? I have met in the streets…

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Autumn is Here!

In northern parts of the United States, the fall foliage is peaking with a beautiful blend of oranges, reds, yellows and browns. In the southern states, indications are just starting in areas where there are four seasons…. Don’t you love the fall? The crisp air at night, the warm days. Not too hot, not too…

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Hair Sticks & Forks

My son’s girlfriend brought back gifts from her trip to Alaska. Each was lovingly chosen for a particular family member, quite thoughtful as well as highly unusual. Everyone else’s gift I had the opportunity of seeing, but my eldest daughter’s was whisked away before I could glimpse it. “What did you get?” I asked Mashenka…

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On Mental Health and Gun Control

In the wake of Las Vegas’s mass shooting at the country music concert, many questions are being asked. For me, I want to know more about mental health issues. Personally, I have known several acquaintances recently to give indications of being on shaky ground, mentally speaking. I believe that there’s just too much happening in…