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Sashenka Turns 14

Our youngest, daughter Sashenka, turned 14. It was a week fraught with giddy highs and skipping gait, along with sullen lows. Birthdays never used to do that to her, but as a Russian adoptee, I had heard of this behavior in so many others before. They rued the day they were born because apparently, it…

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Very Interesting Veliky Novgorod Finds

A friend sent me the New York Times article sharing some interesting news from Veliky Novgorod. At first, my mind traveled the snow-covered path to Nizhniy Novgorod, which I’ve written about before (http://www.destinationsdreamsanddogs.com/love-that-lasts/, http://www.destinationsdreamsanddogs.com/russian-adoption-delays-and-detours/). It was here my plane was diverted once for six long hours on Valentine’s Day afernoon as I tried my hardest…

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Monday Mottoes – #61

One day at a time. One step at a time. Break it down into manageable steps. Don’t take on more than you can handle. All wise words. I like looking at the big picture, but, let’s be honest, sometimes the big picture is simply… too big. It can be overwhelming. Maybe you’re facing a health…

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Putin Threatens to Pull Plug on Gas

Most every winter, the story is the same: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin cuts off crucial gas supplies to Ukraine, ensuring that they freeze for a month or two and are able to remember who butters their black bread. This year, the story is changing. Putin is threatening Western Europe’s gas supplies as sanctions against him…

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Monday Mottoes – #60

What makes you spring from your bed in the morning? What gets you motivated? What puts a smile on your face and a spring in your step? In general, that’s the direction in which you should head. Not that we always undertake activities that are pleasant, enjoyable, and amusing; however, the alternative is not the…

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What Colors Say About You

Are there certain colors that you simply don’t wear? Or, are you willing to try any shade as long as you feel in the mood for it? I may be coloristically (is that a word?) schizo: black… COLOR-!… black… COLOR-! Much of it depends on my outlook for the day, not that bright means I’m…

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Monday Mottoes – #58

Today is Monday, the start of a wonderful, new week, full of potential. The possibilities are almost limitless. Everything can change in a moment, an instant, when you say the right thing, or make the right contact, or close the right deal. Sure, it’s an uphill battle at times. Maybe the children struggle with school,…

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L’Shana Tova 5775

Happy New Year! Wednesday night through Friday night this week marks the start of the Jewish New Year 5775. This begins the High Holy Days, the Days of Awe, when folks examine their ways leading up to Yom Kippor, the Day of Atonement. On Rosh Hashana, “the head of the year”, we enjoy apples dipped…

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Rough Times in Russia

Russia’s day of retribution is coming. You mistreat orphans, you invade other countries, and it’s going to come back to haunt you. According to my worldview, whatever you sow, you’re going to reap. It may be sooner, it may be later, but life doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Many of Russia’s actions in recent years…

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Monday Mottoes – #57

“Easy money, ka-ching, ka-ching!” our youngest daughter, almost 14, enthuses. I am not amused. How she has developed a love for money, and a desire for “easy money”, I have no idea. But I believe it’s born of low self-esteem. “Why can’t you work like other people?” I gently probe. “You’re smart, outgoing, have lots…

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