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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...!

Holidays are Here: Zoolights!

It’s that time of year in Washington, DC, when Pepco, along with other businesses sponsor the most amazing display of Christmas lights at the National Zoo. Whether still lights or high-tech dancing displays, each feature is more spectacular than the last. Most show animals, of course, whether on land or by sea. But there are…


Monday Mottoes – #168

Dr. Viktor Frankl, Viennese psychiatrist and neurologist and author of the bestseller Man’s Search for Meaning, was a Holocaust survivor. Working with suicidal patients before and after the war, and one could say during the war when some thought of taking their own lives, Dr. Frankl arrived to his conclusions answering the question: what makes…


CoverGirl’s CoverBoy: No, No, No

This is disturbing on so many levels. Do men use cosmetics? Yes, upon occasion. I have no problem acknowledging that a guy could need a moisturizer. He may have a blemish that requires a coverup. If he’s in the public eye, a bronzer might give him a healthy glow. For television appearances, light powder would…


The Un-real U.N.

For over 3,000 years, Jerusalem has had ties to the Jewish people. King David declared it his capital in 1004 BC, with Abraham and Jacob figuring prominently in its history even before that. And this week, once again, the United Nations adopted six resolutions against Israel, refuting all Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and…


Back to the Happy, Happy, Happy Kitchen

Due to our great kids who have somehow been coerced into active service, our urban-kitchen-turned-Italian-country has returned to its rightful roots. The sleek, gray-and-silver room over which I slaved for some time, turned out to be too blah and bleak for our tastes. We decided to go back to a brighter color scheme, landing squarely…


Crunching Numbers for My Kids

With so much talk of STEM studies (science, technology, engineering and math) for US students, I can tell you first-hand that not all students are buying into the greater need for science-based learning. In our family, I work to reverse that trend, if not for high school, then perhaps for college or even life-long learning….


Monday Mottoes – #167

The end of the year is upon us. One more month and 2016 will be a thing of the past. What have we accomplished? What’s yet to be done? Maybe you’ve “learned from the past” and not even made any goals. Or perhaps the list of hopes and dreams has remained that: a fairy tale…


Rising at 2:00 am for Black Friday?

Are you part of the post-Thanksgiving frenzy of shoppers flooding stores today? Discounts, sales and slashed prices beckon for shoppers in search of the best prices. Personally, I enjoy shopping in a quiet, empty store whenever possible. Loud music, other customers impinging on my personal space and picked-over merchandise make me want to flee the…


Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home; all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin. God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied; come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.   (Henry Alford & George J. Elvey)


Lost & Found in the Junk Room

When you travel a lot, just about any room in the house can easily turn into a junk room. Our second oldest son, Pasha, and I, decided to tackle it together. Double the fun and double the help. And, as often happens when tackling such a room, many old things turn up. “There you are!”…