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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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A Drive in the Country

Perhaps if you live in the country, you might want to get away to a big city for a change.  For us urbanites, a drive in the country is just the thing. We had sold the kids on a staycation, because the rest of us, namely their two parents, have things to do during spring…

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I-Pads at Passover-?

In my own little bubble of reality, I like to think that I’m still with-it enough to know about certain trends circulating in the world at large. Apparently not. One of my correspondents was kind enough to send me a NY Times article on incorporating i-Pads and tablets at the Passover Seder table.  In other…

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Monday Mottoes – #34

You deserve congratulations because you’re in the race.  You haven’t dropped out, given up, or quit.  And even if you have, and dusted yourself off again, you’re giving it your best shot now. You live in the present, not in the past of regrets, or in the future of what-might-be, but in the very real…

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Brandeis Bungles Ayaan Hirsi-Ali

The biggies at Brandeis University in Massachusetts took one big step backwards in terms of progress.  As a matter of fact, the big step was like a drop off of a cliff. You see, they had decided to honor human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi-Ali, a Somali-American and former Muslim who speaks out about her past. …

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Gifted Hands: A Story of Hope

I like to surround myself with stories of courage and hope.  Whenever I see or hear such a narrative, I pass them on to my family and friends. Well, friends, here’s one for you today.  We all need some encouragement now and then, and this story will do it for you. Either in written or…

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Spring has sprung and it’s time to plant a garden.  Generally, Benedetto and the children do it, not understanding that I was the original Russian gardener in my childhood.  From what I can fathom, most every Russian gardens.  That’s what dachas are made for, right? Italians, on the other hand, might garden, but they usually…

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Nine Problems with “Noah”

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating, since 3-D has received so many inquiries about our impressions on the film, “Noah”:  just because it has a Biblical name, that doesn’t make it a Biblical movie.  And, as director Darren Aronofsky states, “It’s the least Biblical film ever made”. That about says it all. Personally,…

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Monday Mottoes – #33

There are dreamers and there are doers in life.  Both tend to feel great about themselves because they live in a bubble, either a bubble of success, or a bubble of wishful thinking that acts like a drug to deaden them to the fact that time is passing. One of the few truly irreplaceable resources,…

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Manicures

I’m not a girly-girl.  Well, actually, in many ways I am—I enjoy cooking, wearing makeup, having my hair done as nicely as possible.  I even match my clothes on most occasions since it’s hard to go wrong with black – black – and a bright… something or other. Let’s put it this way:  I make…

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Honor and Respect Pay Off

We’ve tried to teach our children to honor and respect others.  When they greet adults, they know to stand and shake hands.  If attending a reception, they might bring someone a napkin or a soft drink.  At a dinner, they wait to eat until everyone else is seated and served. Petya, who has a part-time…