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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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Kids Used in Political Protests

Let’s be very clear, we’re talking about two different things here: kids who want to speak up for what they, or their parents, consider to be right -versus- kids who are put in danger and used as political pawns. It’s happening, people, it’s happening. Today is the “March for Life” in Washington, DC. On the…

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Unique Flu Tip

As we’re hearing in the news, having the flu can be deadly and not just for babies and elderly. More than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized each year because of the flu, leading to some 36,000 deaths. Stats are not easy to come by, but it’s estimated that between 5 and 20% of Americans contract influenza…

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How Can Parents Chain & Starve Their Kids?

Twelve children. Seven over the age of 18. Chained to beds. Starved. Homeschooled. Homeschooled???!!! Personally, I doubt it. But that’s the bad rap that’s given to homeschoolers. You can never check up on their kids and see how they’re doing. I’m all for home checks. Send a social worker by the house once or twice…

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Monday Mottoes – #224

Today in the US, it’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. We celebrate the civil rights activist and his contributions to racial equality. We also commemorate his historic “I Have a Dream” speech delivered in Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963. There, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial almost 55 years ago, things changed. The…

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Top 5 Ways YOU Must Change When You Adopt

It’s the beginning of a new year and families consider things that are important. Some thoughts turn to adoption, whether local or international. As an adoptive family, we say: Beautiful— go for it! As an adoptive family, we also say: Go into it with your eyes open and ready to make major adjustments. Major. The…

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Ethiopia Closes to Adoption

And then there were four. As Ethiopia closes its door to children being adopted by foreigners, more and more Americans are not adopting. The huge numbers of thousands of foreign adoptions in the early 2000s have now dropped to a trickle in 2018. Among the largest blocks are the following nations adopting to the US:…

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Playing By the Rules in Life

What goes around, comes around. Stated a bit more elegantly: whatever you sow (plant), you reap. It’s a Biblical principle that some think of as karma in Buddhism and Hinduism, but technically that has to do with reincarnation and the sum of a person’s actions impacting their fate in future existences. Personally, I think we…

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Russian Christmas 2018

Russian Christmas, is celebrated each year on January 7th, and particularly the night before— Sochevnik— Christmas Eve. We are not Orthodox, so a lot of the fasting and other details are not foremost in our celebrations. Still, it’s a nod in the direction of Mother Russia. We gather around a tall, white pillar candle —…

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Monday Mottoes – #223

I feel like a one-woman band, playing the kazoo, juggling plates, holding board meetings, undertaking one project after another with numerous deadlines. Interested onlookers ask me how I accomplish so much. I pose a question back to them: what are you doing between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m.? (And it certainly shouldn’t be surfing the internet….)…

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Does Climate/Weather Affect Character Traits?

It would be easy to arrive at a snap judgment regarding climate’s effect on the character traits of those residing in a region. But instead, with all of this snow descending on America’s East Coast from Florida to Maine, I thought it might be worthwhile to make a slow, snowed-in judgment, instead-! Random thoughts on…