web analytics

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…!

Current Events

zoo1

Holidays are Here: Zoolights!

It’s that time of year in Washington, DC, when Pepco, along with other businesses sponsor the most amazing display of Christmas lights at the National Zoo. Whether still lights or high-tech dancing displays, each feature is more spectacular than the last. Most show animals, of course, whether on land or by sea. But there are…

unjoke1

The Un-real U.N.

For over 3,000 years, Jerusalem has had ties to the Jewish people. King David declared it his capital in 1004 BC, with Abraham and Jacob figuring prominently in its history even before that. And this week, once again, the United Nations adopted six resolutions against Israel, refuting all Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and…

blackfriday1

Rising at 2:00 am for Black Friday?

Are you part of the post-Thanksgiving frenzy of shoppers flooding stores today? Discounts, sales and slashed prices beckon for shoppers in search of the best prices. Personally, I enjoy shopping in a quiet, empty store whenever possible. Loud music, other customers impinging on my personal space and picked-over merchandise make me want to flee the…

thanks1

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home; all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin. God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied; come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.   (Henry Alford & George J. Elvey)

organize1

Lost & Found in the Junk Room

When you travel a lot, just about any room in the house can easily turn into a junk room. Our second oldest son, Pasha, and I, decided to tackle it together. Double the fun and double the help. And, as often happens when tackling such a room, many old things turn up. “There you are!”…

thanks1

Monday Mottoes – #166

It’s Thanksgiving week and most of us become mindful. Different approaches surface at the dinner table on this holiday: some bow their head in prayer, some utter aloud what makes them thankful, some have a moment of silence. Yet, no matter what the faith tradition, or lack thereof, the majority of Americans feel that it’s…

cry1

Anti-Trump Protests with Play-Doh and Coloring Books

Despite movements to the contrary, there are winners and losers in life. Tests in schools, elections in nations, merit raises in jobs, all cause us to strive to do better. Yet, when Donald Trump wins the US Presidential Election, and Hillary Clinton loses, all hell breaks loose and our highest institutions of learning revert to…

banner

Free Russian Language Lessons

Our four high school and college-age kids were taken by us to visit a kind Russian head-of-department at a prestigious university. He gave 30 minutes of his time to discuss with them the fact that Russian has just come up as #2 on the Strategic Languages List and how the US State Department cannot get…

trump1

And The Votes Are In…

Despite my schedule of monitoring events and running empires on several continents, the extreme tiredness and exhaustion causing me to nod off from time to time, I could not turn off the late-night election coverage. The realization that we would have a new president by morning kept me going. Occasionally, I just wanted to sleep…

vote1

Monday Mottoes – #164

US Election Day approaches and I know one thing for sure, no matter which candidate wins: half of our populace will be mad and half will be glad. And probably at least a third of our citizenry will not even vote at all. Sad. Yet, if they feel that their voice doesn’t matter and that…