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Monday Mottoes – #117

Over Thanksgiving break, our college-age son visited with another friend in university. Actually, vice-versa. In other words, the friend came home from school and saw our son, who is also in school, but not away from home. Are you following this? The two of them got together, Petya driving his friend to play tennis. A…


Black Friday Blessings

Thanksgiving was a double whammy. Okay, who are we kidding, it’s more like a quadruple or quintuple whammy. Deadlines looming on research articles, a major holiday underway, our second-oldest son, Pasha, turned 19 on Thursday, also. So there were presents to wrap, a cake to bake, attending a congregational service, in addition to preparing turkey,…


Holiday Security Tips

The official holiday travel season is upon us in the US, ranging from Thanksgiving Week (this Thursday) through New Year’s. That’s a good 5-6 week time period when lots of families travel, schools and universities take breaks and people want to get away, once in November and again during late December to January. And now,…


9 Ways to Stay Awake on the Road

Any long, holiday drives ahead of you?  College students and families heading to visit family and friends…. Recently, Petya and I made a couple of long treks as he drove six hours back to one house and then I drove the two of us eight, long hours to our second house. It should have taken…


Monday Mottoes – #115

Paris. Ville de lumiere. I have been through the Charles de Gaulle Airport more times than most people go to the grocery store. And now this. Multiple terrorist attacks coordinated to cause chaos, confusion, and the crass loss of life. Followed by the springing up of lights around the world – bleu, blanc et rouge…


Archaeological Space Cadet

Dr. Sarah Parcak is making news for archaeologists worldwide as winner of the $1 million 2016 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Prize. She’s the one who has been in the headlines for years, using satellite to remotely locate archaeological sites. Specializing mostly in Egypt, Parcak estimates that just 1% of archaeological sites there are known. Her…


Stranded in Sinai

While I wrestle with raccoons in the rafters here, I realize: it could be worse. It could be much, much worse. I could be one of the tens of thousands of passengers stranded in Sinai and going nowhere fast. As of a few days ago, 20,000 UK travelers and 30-40,000 Russian tourists were stuck with…


Monday Mottoes – #114

I am very tired. Very, very tired. It stems from a number of realities, in my mind. A quick get-away that took many more hours of planning on my part to coordinate clothes, schedules, travel than the hours of the trip itself. We arrive home exhausted and rush immediately to a funeral of a dear,…


Our Scotties & the Time Change

Most of us with dogs are used to getting up at daybreak or before to take them for their first walk of the day. Yet, ever since our clocks fell back one hour, all of the dogs that I know are rising anywhere from one to 1.5 hours early. No one sent them the memo….


Allowing for a Child’s (or Adult’s) Turnaround

  Sashenka is a changed young woman. Night and day. One-eighty. U-turn to the fast-track of congeniality. Is it an act? I don’t think so, but hey, peacefulness is preferable. I’m not asking anyone to quash their emotions and smack a smile on their face. Instead, I think it’s okay to ask that we deal…