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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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Our Second Son Turns 18

We now have two 18-year-old boys and two younger teen girls. Makes for an interesting household. Our second son from Russia expresses his joy over turning 18 and we’re here to celebrate with him. However, at times, our hearts are heavy. What will his future be like? He has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. In everyday English,…

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Cultivating a Sense of Culture

Washington, DC, is no New York City in terms of theatre. However, our nation’s capital has more to offer than normally imagined. Home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, it’s got a few things happening. Yesterday, we took advantage of a free performance at The John F….

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Monday Mottoes – #65

Whether it’s at home, in the office, at school, or wherever, many of us are in the motivation business. We need to influence people to make a sale, get them to listen, change their dynamics, you name it. And most of us have learned that threats don’t motivate many… unless you’re in a motorcycle gang,…

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Liberty University’s Biblical Museum

Only a couple of months old, Liberty University’s Biblical Museum packs enough punch to merit a visit. If you’re at all interested in Bible-era artifacts, it’s like a mini Israel Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia. The one-room museum serves as a perfect complement to the Center for Judaic Studies. Our family entered the sprawling Jerry Falwell…

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Wintertime Fresh Air: Innertubing!

Our kids were getting cabin fever. It’s not like they’re never outside, what with FootGolf, tennis, and other activities. Antsiness (is that a word?) has been in the air since the realization of Thanksgiving’s approach is on the horizon, with our second son’s 18th birthday happening the day before that. The four teens needed to…

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An Overworked Brain and the Lure of Stupidity

There’s a lot to be said for being stupid. Ask some of my kids. Ask them anything. “I dunno.” “Have no idea.” “I don’t remember.” It’s the path of least resistance. If you’re stupid, you’re off the hook, under the radar, off the grid. Homework? What homework? Well, you often become like those with whom…

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FootGolf: Who Knew?

One of the latest trends sweeping America and other nations: FootGolf. If our son had not been working on a golf course, we might never have known. I’m not sure exactly how it works, but on their course if I’m understanding this correctly, the powers that be will cover over the normal golf holes on…

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Monday Mottoes – #65

Personal change and transformation. It’s not a message that everyone can hear, since change takes exertion. The seasons morph and transform effortlessly as fall slowly gives way to winter. But people? More of an uphill battle to change, yet worth it. The feelings of empowerment and accomplishment after-the-fact loom large, particularly if the modifications are…

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The Early Bird Gets the Corner Office

I travel a lot. And I don’t work for any airlines, lol. And it always amazes me how many people cannot get going early in the morning. They’re wandering through life half-asleep. By “early”, I don’t mean 6:00 a.m. A young teen was quizzing our oldest about his schedule and the mysteries of work and…

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Petya’s First College Research Paper

Not so much a research paper as a response paper, Petya had been asked to give his opinion on a certain archaeological matter. The university gave first-time college students the opportunity to submit such a paper in order to firm-up their academic writing. The exercise did not count toward their final grade, but was more…