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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...!

Black Friday Blessings

Thanksgiving was a double whammy. Okay, who are we kidding, it’s more like a quadruple or quintuple whammy. Deadlines looming on research articles, a major holiday underway, our second-oldest son, Pasha, turned 19 on Thursday, also. So there were presents to wrap, a cake to bake, attending a congregational service, in addition to preparing turkey,…


Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!   May the Lord always be our refuge and our strength in good times and bad.   “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good:  for His mercy endures forever.”  (Psalm 107:1). 29605


Holiday Security Tips

The official holiday travel season is upon us in the US, ranging from Thanksgiving Week (this Thursday) through New Year’s. That’s a good 5-6 week time period when lots of families travel, schools and universities take breaks and people want to get away, once in November and again during late December to January. And now,…


9 Ways to Stay Awake on the Road

Any long, holiday drives ahead of you?  College students and families heading to visit family and friends…. Recently, Petya and I made a couple of long treks as he drove six hours back to one house and then I drove the two of us eight, long hours to our second house. It should have taken…


Monday Mottoes – #116

This being Thanksgiving week I thought it fitting to share this brief poem. The year has turned its circle, The seasons come and go. The harvest all is gathered in And chilly north winds blow. Orchards have shared their treasures, The fields, their yellow grain, So open wide the doorway~ Thanksgiving comes again! ~Old Rhyme…


Petya Hits the Road

Our son is no dummy. When it comes to driving, he prefers the suburbs with wide roads and easy speed limits. When the business trip loomed and the reality of him heading out in the Beemer for six hours of highway driving, followed by heading into city driving immediately thereafter, we weren’t sure what to…


Our Scotties on an Autumn Stroll

Here are Misha and Grisha walking through the woods and past a quarry. They run up on the rocks and look for errant bunnies and squirrels and maybe a coyote, but I’d rather not think about that. Both of them love the beautiful, colorful fall leaves plastered on the path. Then the Scotties climb the…


Over-Prepping as a Lifestyle

Big breath. Big breath. That’s what I generally forget in my hurry-up lifestyle. Naturally, I can accomplish 10x more than the average individual, what with my lists and counter-lists. For instance, I have organized Petya’s business trip: 1.  Wrote down the name & address & phone of the hotel which he might have confused with…


Petya’s Business Trip Materializes

It was about this time last year that our oldest son, Petya, who had just turned 18 was faced with the possibility of his first business trip. Working part-time and attending university part-time, this guy was amazing. But the five-hour flight never panned out, even though we had various friends and family on stand-by just…


Monday Mottoes – #115

Paris. Ville de lumiere. I have been through the Charles de Gaulle Airport more times than most people go to the grocery store. And now this. Multiple terrorist attacks coordinated to cause chaos, confusion, and the crass loss of life. Followed by the springing up of lights around the world – bleu, blanc et rouge…