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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…!

Archaeology

Dogs Who Sense a Kindred Soul

Life in the country continues. I am surrounded by hunting dogs. At least I presume they are hunting dogs, I mean, what do dogs do? They’re big, they run around off the leash, and they live on a big farm of sorts. Most days, they languish in the sun. But when they see me, they…

Small-Town Joys

So here I am in the middle of nowhere. Really. What I would generally consider a small town would be a big town in comparison to this. The big town in the environs boasts about 1,000 inhabitants. Just to give you a frame of reference and let you know: I’m not making this up. It’s…

The Blank Slate of an Historic Home

The 18th century plantation house rose in the mist of early morning. A group of archaeologists had convened upon this endangered site where the homeowner proved amenable to all of us poking around, laying out squares and basically, getting to the bottom of the history behind his property. It most likely had featured prominently in…

What We Don’t Know About the Past

On the Isle of Skye, paleontologists are uncovering prehistoric dinosaur fossils, dating from about 170 million years ago. Now that’s a long, long time ago. With an archaeological background, I can comprehend old things. I mean, I just have to look in the mirror upon occasion…! Keep in mind that a number of issues with…

Happy Sweetie’s Day-!

Valentine’s Day is here and I hope you can mark the day in a special way! Might be on your own, with a friend or mate. Treat yourself well, you deserve it. On our busy schedule, Benedetto and I made our way to a restaurant just barely opening on a day near Valentine’s. Perfect. Since…

George Washington Sat Here

But you’ll never know that. Christ Church in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is removing the plaque from George Washington’s pew. The church, located at 118 N. Washington Street, feels that Washington’s purchase of pew No. 5 when the church opened in 1773, and resulting sign, make worship at the Episcopalian church too controversial. So they…

Seven Best Ways to Wear a Work Bandanna

Ahh, the bandanna, that 100% cotton work scarf that anyone who works or plays outdoors knows and loves. We use them in gardening, in archaeology, in construction, in hiking. They cover the chest and neck, whether the front “v” of a shirt, or the back exposed neck above a t-shirt. Said to have been in…

Historic Art Curation

How did I find myself seated in a historic plantation home’s gorgeous paneled room dating from the eighteenth century, before the American Revolution, and working on a collection of fine art? I had been called into service as an art historian, or more particularly as a curator of historic frames. Never mind that I possessed…

The Mystery of Scotland Yard

Yesterday we learned that the first female head of Scotland Yard, Cressida Dick, had been named after 188 years. The police commissioner, in her mid-50s, served the force for 31 years, overseeing counter-terrorism there for several years before retiring to the Foreign Office. And now she was back. In full power. Which caused me to…

The Joy of 3×5 Index Cards

These tiny, stiff paper cards are my friends. Measuring 3 inches by 5 inches, they are small, but mighty. Lined, or “ruled” on one side, blank white on the other, the index cards find the perfect use in shopping lists, message notes that may be propped up, encouraging notes in kids’ lunch bags, executive directives…