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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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How to Move Forward in Life

“I have no idea where we are…” I remarked to my companion. “Corner of Congress and State,” the distinguished gentleman in suit and tie replied, overhearing me and nodding toward the street signs. “Yes, I can see that,” I acknowledged, adding, “it’s more like how to get to where we are going, instead of where…

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Prepping for 100 Potential Family Questions

Part II of family gatherings, lol. The questions, the questions. The comments, oy, the comments! These are the items that would test the patience of Job. You get together with extended family and the inquiring minds start up. Be prepared, people, but recognize that, with a new generation, much of the prying and prodding hopefully…

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The Joyful Pressures of a Holiday Family Gathering

It’s a shame that so many families live far from one another. These days, it often takes a funeral or a family gathering to get folks together, up close and personal. Often, too close, kind of “in your face”. I mean, where else would you learn whether or not your cousin eats like a truck…

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Monday Mottoes – #216

It’s not a topic often covered in modernity with all of our hustle and bustle of superficiality and importance. Instead, it’s raw and hits us right where most of us live, even if trying to avoid the issue by a life unexamined: it’s the subject of right and wrong. Or good versus evil, since one…

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Multitasking Done Well

Is that a misnomer? Is it possible to multitask and do two or more chores well at the same time? The anterior part of the brain allows us to return to assignments and pick up where we left off without too much trouble. (I would say that depends on the difficulty of the job and…

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Reminiscences of the Russian Revolution

October 1917 is a date that will go down in history for much longer than the past 100 years. Only it wasn’t October. The October Revolution, or the Bolshevik Revolution, actually happened in November 1917 due to the Julian calendar used at that time in Russia. How might I have reminiscences of this event? Contrary…

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George Washington Sat Here

But you’ll never know that. Christ Church in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is removing the plaque from George Washington’s pew. The church, located at 118 N. Washington Street, feels that Washington’s purchase of pew No. 5 when the church opened in 1773, and resulting sign, make worship at the Episcopalian church too controversial. So they…

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Monday Mottoes – #215

Depending on your age and personality type, you’re probably either a planner or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-er. Some like to “let life happen and see where it leads them”, while others choose to take more of a directing role. You know, Type A or Type B.  Whatever works for you. Most people who know themselves well, understand…

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Going Out with a Bang!

Why do human beings slow down with the passage of time? We’re told, in many respects, that as soon as we are born, we begin to die. Pleasant thought. The aches, the pains, the degeneration. Today, I’d like to turn that around by examining the changing leaves and foliage all around us. The leaves are…

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When Travel Turns Tragic

Believe me, I know that terrible things might transpire when traveling the world. Did I ever tell you about the time when three elderly Chinese women, puffing on opium pipes, wrinkled like a raisin-skinned snake about ready to shed its skin, tried to jump me? But I digress…. I was young and naive, taking a…