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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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The Beauty of a Family

There, by the side of the highway, a small drainage ditch tributary gently ran in a trickling stream with a family of swans navigating it. The intrepid father, called a cob, led the way. The mother, a pen, followed farther back, leading the babies, a flock of cygnets. Yep, that’s what you call baby swans:…

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A Whole Bunch of Housewares

Tchochkes. Knickknacks. Small trivial articles intended for decoration. I guess we have enough of these to stock ten houses. They amuse me. Yet, over the years, our homes have become a bit too eclectic, lacking definition. So I’ve put a hold on buying anything for quite some time. The old “less is more”.  Or probably,…

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ISIS’ Financial Crisis

From the beginning, it was clear that terrorists make terrible financiers. Good at death and destruction, pillaging, raping, and hostage-taking, ISIS didn’t peer far enough into the future to consider that they would need to subsidize their systematic horror. (As a matter of fact, they didn’t have the foresight to consider branding, since they changed…

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The Power of Persistence

Most every day I take a power walk-run. That’s not to say that the gym is not in the picture, but frankly, I enjoy being outside, since it’s rare that I am not inside a car, an office, a home, etc. I try to head to an inhabited, commercial, parklike setting. That way, I need…

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Monday Mottoes – #85

You might be a man or woman, an employee, a parent, a spouse or a friend. Somewhere along the journey of life, something has gone wrong. Boundaries have been crossed, whether verbally or physically, creating great angst and debilitation. Why are you the target? Do you need to stand up for yourself? Do you need…

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Therapeutic Horse Petting

It had been a long day. Naturally, I was trying to cram in even more. Yet, we missed out on an event due to rush hour traffic. We’re never late, but this time we were not early. The other event reached capacity ahead of time and our family was turned away. So we did the…

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Chilly Spring Day at Chatham

On our way to points elsewhere, the family made a stop in Fredericksburg, Virginia, at an historic, Georgian-style house overlooking the Rappahannock River. Once a huge plantation with dozens of outbuildings, from dairy, to fish hatchery, to orchards, gristmill, ice house and stables, the 1,280-acre estate also utilized the services of about 100 slaves. The…

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Reality Shows I’d Like to See

We all know the winning combo of winning reality shows on TV: Big characters. One-of-a-kind personalities. Access to places or situations we would otherwise not see. But that’s where our ways part. Recently, many reality shows have gone down the freak show pathway. The more bizarre and outlandish they are, the better, it seems. I’d…

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Top Time Wasters

It’s different for everyone, but the temptations are there. How to waste time in 101 ways…. What are your top time wasters? You know, those pesky tasks or even pleasures that fritter away your productivity? Here are a few of the most prevalent, and what to do about them…. 1. Checking your e-mail inbox every…

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Monday Mottoes – #84

The longer I live, the more important it becomes to keep things simple. I am used to holding multiple meetings and appointments semi-simultaneously, burning the candle at both ends while burning the midnight oil and multi-tasking in 101 ways. It’s nuts. I maintain calendars that are like transparencies, where layer after layer may be added,…