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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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Connecting Character Traits with Careers

Since we’re on a roll with career counselling in the Bartologimignano household, I thought you might like to hear more. Hold the applause, please. When our kids are stuck and can’t seem to understand what they should be doing—whether past, present or future—I have a new approach. I ask them what they would counsel someone…

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FAS and Career Possibilities

Our second son, Pasha, is stuck. At 18 years old, he plays catch-up in school, making up for lost time in the Russian orphanage. He still has a couple of years in high school, yet the young man lacks all ambition and aim. Most likely it’s due to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, meaning, a birthmother who…

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My Daughter’s Parisian Birthday

Our oldest daughter, Mashenka, turned 17 last week. We’re still just now recovering, lol. Since she and another of the kids are studying French in addition to their other languages, I thought it might be fun to have a Parisian theme. Basically, we went with every cliché in the book. I baked her a marble…

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Coffee with the Billionaire

It was a number of years ago and both of us were interested in similar projects. I met with Ms. Billionaire at the highrise urban office, large and luxurious. She cordially offered me coffee and surprised me by standing up and going to get it, herself, someone with plenty of staff. Running from other meetings,…

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Monday Mottoes – #90

Two people go through the exact, same experience. One sees it as a growth opportunity; the other sees it as harmful and destructive. How we internally and verbally frame situations and circumstances determines how we build our lives, similar to framing a building. This gives it shape. And we can shape our lives to a…

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Hooked on The Profit

I don’t watch much TV. If I watch any, it’s usually very late at night. Happily, CNBC’s hit series, “The Profit” airs when I happen to be working on the computer at odd hours. I love it. Marcus Lemonis, a multi-millionaire who started out as an adoptee from Lebanon, turns around small businesses with his…

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Prepping for a Faraway Lecture

Am I prepping? No. Well, actually, I am prepping to speak tonight, but that’s another matter. My husband and eldest son should be attending a lecture that I told them about. Who knows if either one wants to attend it, but they’re going, either to humor me or to get me off their back…. So…

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The Gym –versus- The Outdoors

I like to go outside. Basically, it’s because I’m inside all the time. But if you come right down to it… it’s generally quieter for me at the gym. I try power-walking at night and in the morning. My wide arc takes me on several passes on a set path of an outdoor area of…

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Research Paper Procrastination

I must be out of my mind. For some reason I’m in grad school in my spare time. I have no spare time. I didn’t have any time before, and I certainly don’t have any now. And at this rate, I may emerge from grad school at the age of 105. Part-time school means that…

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Monday Mottoes – #89

Mother’s Day has come and gone. The fact that I spent much of it in a tropical storm, for a few hours with my loving family and then whoosh! they were off! made it interesting to say the least. You can’t argue with peace and quiet. I couldn’t argue with a dozen dark pink roses,…