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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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Top Ten Homeschooling Myths

Everyone’s heading back to school and questions arise when people hear that we’re homeschoolers. The following are some misconceptions, as though learning and homelife simply don’t mix…. Our children play all day and read dictionaries all night to study for spelling bees. We sleep in and let them stay in their jammies to study. The…

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Monday Mottoes – #54

Some people are active during the summer. They swim, boat, toss horseshoes, waterski, picnic and barbeque. Oh, sorry—those last two eating events snuck in there by accident. Back to bikeriding, rollerblading, skateboarding, and jogging along the beach or hiking in the hills. Me? Eh. I try to stay out of the sun by baking cookies….

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On Dogs and the Divine

Dogs are Divine. At least ours are. Not to be confused with a deity, of course, but so many of their traits (other than chasing anything that moves, licking their private parts, and barking non-stop) prove to be more admirable than our own. You know, the whole unconditional love thing…. I love my little fur-babies,…

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The End-of-Summer Family Dinner

You may remember, we started the summer at Benedetto’s sister’s house some three hours away with a family dinner on draped tables and antique chairs sprinkled across the back lawn. By no design of our own, we ended the summer in much the same way, roasting corn and chickens on the grill, complemented by a…

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Country Lanes or Cathedrals

Where do you talk with God? Are you the type that likes to sit by the seashore or on a mountain out in nature and commune, or do you slip into an open cathedral and quietly whisper a prayer? If you can worry, you can pray. Worry is the opposite of prayer, whereas prayer means…

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Wild Women and Our Boys

Apparently, our teen boys are chick magnets. The fact that they don’t date has nothing to do with it, at least not that I can figure out. While I can understand possibly admiring a guy from afar, there are some pretty aggressive young ladies out there these days…. “What happened?” I asked my husband. “Apparently…

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Monday Mottoes – #53

Most of us, if we’re honest or thoughtful, know our strengths. We tend to cater to them. We revel in them, use them, polish them. But our weaknesses? Not so much. Our weaknesses fall outside of the comfort zone, requiring hard work and effort. We’d often rather hop on one good leg than limp with…

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Learning to Drive… in Other Languages

Our kids continue to study Russian Lite throughout the year. I take them through the paces, the key to our limited success being that we need dialogs which will engage them. In college, you can use the normal, “What are you studying?” and “Do you live in the dorm?”, but for now, we need more…

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Preparing for Papa’s Roadtrip

Benedetto must go away for a day to tend to some business. Problem is, he leaves after addressing an evening meeting, drives all night, tends to his matters the next morning, and then drives back. As any family would worry about an overworked loved one, we try to see that he gets as much sleep…

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School for the FAS Student

You may be dreading it. School is starting and you have a son or daughter with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Getting them the services they need often involves an uphill battle and and Individualized Education Plan (IEP – Special Ed). Hopefully, a regular high school diploma and not an IEP diploma will be earned, since…