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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…!

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In Need of a Handyman

We live in two locales for half of each week. At the dacha, we are in need of a handyman. The problem is, with rising interest rates and an economy that is moving out of the sluggish realm, building contractors, plumbers, electricians, HVAC workers and even general handymen who can install new windows or doors,…

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The Big Business Side of Homeschooling

Not all homeschoolers are wealthy. After all, these parent(s) are, for the most part, staying home with their children. Some may be crazy like us, travel the world, take the kids along with them and help them learn along the way. But that’s not the norm. So this blog is not about companies making millions…

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Shameless Self-Promotion

Workers of the world unite. Our eldest son, a mere 20.5 years old, has been working for over five years at the same office. He has gone from volunteer, to official intern, to paid part-time employee, while attending university part-time. The system suits him well, as English is not his first language, he grasps the…

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Monday Mottoes – #185

It was Palm Sunday and I had not checked my e-mails. I mean, one day— not even one day— a few hours of a break in life was too much to ask? By early afternoon, we were traveling again and I caught a glimpse of two communiques from my attorney in another country: “Please call…

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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…

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Educated or Skilled

To my way of thinking, everyone should be both educated and skilled. In other words, should you choose to study Early Beekeeping in college and there suddenly becomes no need for ancient apiarist historians, you have something to fall back on. Just sayin’. Fact of the matter is, most people can’t span both worlds and…

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Monday Mottoes – #184

Ageism is alive and well in many industries and organizations. Either you’re too young to be taken seriously and found to be lacking in experience, or you possess a long resume that requires tweaking so it doesn’t read, “Over 100 years of experience in…”! The point is, employers want to know that you’re current, that…

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Human Trafficking with a Twist

My husband and I sat in the human trafficking meeting, a mini-conference of sorts for community leaders banding together to prevent and/or prosecute incidents in our area as the summer months and J1 visa student workers descend. Russians, Filipinos, Ukrainians had often made contact with us in summers past — their passports unlawfully held, accommodated…

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Designing a Life with Focus

Transitions, we all need to make them at one time or another, but how to accomplish this is a different matter. I recently met with a friend nearing retirement who was ready for more. She wanted some honest life coaching to move from where she had been to where she wanted to go. Here’s how…

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Life is a Race

As has been said, “The race is not to the swift…” (Ecclesiastes 9:11) and “Let us run with perseverance the race that is marked out for us…” (Hebrews 12:1). Recently, our family has been viewing a number of race scenes from old TV programs, particularly “The Amazing Race” series as teams rush here and there…