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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...!

I Believe the Female Fox Newscasters

It’s not difficult to anyone whose head is not in the sand. I mean, what’s with the heavily made-up, mini-skirted women of Fox News? I’ve wondered that for years. I don’t get it. Maybe I work in much more conservative realms in our nation’s capital, but when a grown woman wears a sleeveless, low-cut top…


Archaeology is a Dirty Business

If you enter a convenience store and glimpse a guy or gal covered in sweat and dirt, they may not be a local landscaper or construction worker. It might be your local archaeologists fresh from the field, using the facilities or grabbing a quick drink or snack. Archaeology is a dirty business. There are those…


Monday Mottoes – #154

Fear, uncertainty, doubts can conspire to hold back the best of us. We become paralyzed, we don’t move forward, we hesitate and choke. Today we have two mottoes because both are powerful and both are similar. They, in essence, are saying that unless you are willing to take risks, you will remain stuck in life….


Target’s $20 Million Learning Curve

Ah yes, upside-down and inside-out. Some twist and turn so much in an effort not to cry “Uncle!” and give up… that it becomes an even more ludicrous waste of time and money. Witness this summer’s slump in sales at the once-great Target, whose sales and stock plummeted in light of its transgender bathrooms and…


Learning All We Can

My cousin was maybe 20 years old when she arrived in America. She and I had been born one day apart, the daughters of twin brothers. He worked in the Old Country, whereas my father lived in the US. Tanya had dual citizenship and while she was visiting, decided to get her driver’s license, much…


Sick, Depraved Attack in South Sudan

The details will make your skin crawl. The report has come to light one month later. International aid workers, primarily Americans, were targeted for attack in South Sudan. Living in a protected compound, they never imagined being violently overrun by South Sudanese forces last month who would repeatedly rape, beat and rob them in their…


Mashenka’s Custom-Made Future

Her eyes gazed into mine as we sat on the couch together. Mashenka, our 18-year-old daughter, was facing her senior year in high school with absolutely no idea of what to do with the rest of her life. Graduate high school – yes; beyond that – blank canvas. She had enough people praying for her…


Monday Mottoes – #153

In light of the Rio Olympics, I felt led to take today’s inspirational quote from a former competitor. After all, Olympians know about winning in life and what it takes to achieve against incredible odds. The athletes must possess motivation, determination and stamina. Many of them rise long before dawn to gain access to playing…


My Needy Scottie, Misha

Sometimes my big baby Scottish Terrier, Misha, needs his mommy. The other day, I was turning in to bed and I heard a jingling outside my upstairs door. Misha. Now, mind you, Misha and Grisha are not allowed upstairs near the bedrooms in our one house. However, at the dacha, they can come and go…


Hand Over Heart or Heart Bursting with Pride?

American gymnast Gabby Douglas is in the news again. Part of the 5-woman team, Douglas has been under attack for everything from not measuring up over the past year, to her hairstyle and other criticisms. And now, after the team’s win and the National Anthem playing while the American flag is hoisted high… the whole…