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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…!

Business & Careers

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How Far Would You Commute for a Job?

Okay, maybe that’s downplaying the issue by calling it “a job”. More of a “career” or a “calling” could put it into better perspective. Yet the question remains: how far would you travel to work? Our family commutes, driving between seven and eight hours between cities to spend half a week in each location. Kinda…

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Monday Mottoes – #203

Possibly the one truly non-renewable resource is time. It’s a commodity in great demand, yet many simply give up and throw in the towel, rather than harness their daily schedule. Could it be phone calls, e-mails, stop-byes and interruptions at the office that eat up your time? I had a friend who oversaw an entire…

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Who Controls Your Future?

If you asked me who controls my future, I would say, bottom line: God. But no so fast. We have a part to play, as well. Which is both the terrifying, as well as the exhilarating, aspect of the equation. When we miss it occasionally and then suffer the consequences, that’s not God. That’s us!…

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Jilting Al Jazeera

The hatred-filled Al Jazeera “news” network from Qatar is being kicked to the curb yet again. Numerous Arab nations have found the network’s radical Muslim stance particularly suited to inciting violence and have rejected their broadcasts. The United States also does not allow them to broadcast, but their articles and videos may be found online…

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Monday Mottoes – #202

It’s the craziest thing. The anomaly continues. The more I turn down business, the more clients clamor for my attention. Sometimes, I believe I’m being saved from disaster by the ability to say “No”. It just happened in the last hour. Two different groups hoped that I would consult with them during the same time…

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Wrinkle-Free Sleeping

And the business that I tried to turn down yesterday has returned today. A 30-year-old PhD needs me, plus his whole team, which causes some stress, along with another group of clients reaching out to me, whom I also try to dissuade from working with me, for similar reasons. I’m not sure it’s a great…

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Refusing Business-!

It was very odd and it’s happening more and more: I needed to turn down business. The offer on the table involved semi-realistic folks with semi-unrealistic expectations. I had to face the difficult decision that it would most likely be in all of our best interests to not work together. Money down the drain, or…

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Russian Diplomatic Retaliation

In tit-for-tat sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a staff reduction of the US diplomatic mission in Russia. While the 755 dismissed employees will be sure to cause inconvenience, it is most likely that the majority of those fired may come from the ranks of Russian citizens. Yes, Russians working in the American Embassy property…

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Weird Webinars & Crazy Customer Service

I’m involved in a number of high-tech endeavors these days and basically, as a borderline techno-phobe, this is not easy. It’s not that I have any fear, exactly, it’s just that I’m nervous that I’ll push the wrong button and delete all of the work previously accomplished. So I call customer service that’s associated with…

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Monday Mottoes – #201

Henry Ford was not only an inventor and automobile manufacturer, but as were many from an era where thoughtfulness was esteemed, he was a thinker and we could say wise. I like his quotes. They cut right to the heart of the matter. Today, we’re looking at dusting ourselves off and starting again. If I…