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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...!

Mentoring Morality in Kids

Or, How Not to Throw Your Kids to the Wolves. School has started or is about to start in most parts of the country. We did not send our children to religious or private schools. We definitely did not send them to public schools. Could they survive either? Definitely. Would they come out unscathed? No….


Abducted or Missing Teens

Every year in the US, there are about 800,000 missing children reported. Many of these are nabbed by family and friends. (With family and friends like this…!) It could be a custody issue or a disturbed neighbor and that’s bad. But in my opinion, the truly scary ones are the 115 “stranger abduction” cases each…


ISIS’ Destruction of Antiquities… and Archaeologists

Every day, antiquities in Iraq, Syria, and a number of neighboring countries are being looted by ISIS operatives. Often, they are intent on funding their insurgency by the sale of such. National Geographic states, “In one region of Syria alone, the group reportedly netted up to $36 million from activities that included the smuggling of…


End-of-Summer Fun Feast

Summer is slowly ending and it’s not a minute too soon for me, lol. The days are becoming ever-so-slightly shorter, the temperature is inching downward at maybe one degree every other week. School is back in session but there’s still the feeling of relaxation (at least for some, if not me…). So we decided to…


Monday Mottoes – #104

I told you about a friend who was having one surgery, when another organ was nicked in the process and she was rushed to a different university hospital to have that fixed. Meanwhile, the couple’s grown kids had been secretly planning to send them on a European cruise in six weeks’ time and had to…


How Josh & Anna Duggar Can Get Help

Life in the fishbowl. Unless you’ve lived it, you can only imagine. Looks like fun, the celebrity, the access, the perks. Sometimes. Other times, it’s the exhaustion. You’re always “on”. You might be shopping for toothpaste and people come up and want to talk. Someone might think you’re overdisciplining a child as they listen in…


Does Slow and Steady Work?

In a word, no. Whoever said, “Slow and steady wins the race” was obviously not intent on getting anywhere fast. Putting one foot in front of the other is always a good idea. When it comes to exercise, many are the days when I pull myself out of bed early in the morning, or stay…


Text-Messaging via Tin Cans

I don’t know why I even try to text-message my husband. I realize that he’s Very Busy. So am I. That’s why I text, for quick communiques and questions. It’s not like I’m trying to make conversation…. He never has his phone on. Maybe that should tell me something. I text my son. “If you…


Summer Slowdown in the Fast Lane

My family seems to think that summertime is for having fun. While I undertake two grad programs, work, supervise four kids with crazy schedules, make time for one husband and two needy dogs, and shuttle between homes, they’re interested in non-stop fun. I’ve found myself playing along… and then getting back to business. What are…


Monday Mottoes – #103

Most of us are rational human beings. Most of us. Most of the time. Not taking into account family members or employees who might push us over the edge. We once had a guy working for us who thought his whole job description involved arranging his social calendar. His office was not far from mine…