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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…!



Monday Mottoes – #174

We’re talking frustration. Total frustration. Have you ever been there? I have blocked out a chunk of time to get ahead on some very important projects. Only problem is, I am stymied by technology which is refusing me access to information that I desperately need. And tech support is gone. I fight the feeling of…


Allowing a Son or Daughter to Crash & Burn

To look at it, on the surface, our children are model individuals. They really don’t have that many bad points. Whether that may be attributed to the children, or to the parents, is hard to determine. There are some kids who just go with the flow and live in harmony and do their best. We…


Reluctant to Resolve?

I know, I know, it’s that time of year again— goals, resolutions, aims— and you’re skittish. I understand. What’s the point of dreaming and thinking and planning, if come next December, you’re right back in the same boat? You’re reluctant to resolve. You see no earthly reason to make big plans and then not have…


Monday Mottoes – #171

Blank pages spread before us for 2017, what will we write? What will we imagine or dream? Does the inspiration come from outside of us, or deep within? What’s a priority, what deserves our time and attention? Is it God speaking to us, our mate calling out for attention, the boss asking for more, or…


Monday Mottoes – #169

Three weeks left in 2016. Three weeks. Twenty days. And counting. What could happen? What could be? It’s not too late to make a big dent in any leftover goals that need to be reheated in the closing days of this calendar year. Why not aim to accomplish great things? Nobody else can do this…


The Power of Wish Books

You have to be of a certain age to remember catalog “Wish Books”, particularly the Christmas ones. These powerful purveyors of merchandise circulated through the United States from the late 1800s on. I recall the captivating images in the second half of the 1900s when toys, clothing, and household goods vied for one’s attention on…


CoverGirl’s CoverBoy: No, No, No

This is disturbing on so many levels. Do men use cosmetics? Yes, upon occasion. I have no problem acknowledging that a guy could need a moisturizer. He may have a blemish that requires a coverup. If he’s in the public eye, a bronzer might give him a healthy glow. For television appearances, light powder would…


Crunching Numbers for My Kids

With so much talk of STEM studies (science, technology, engineering and math) for US students, I can tell you first-hand that not all students are buying into the greater need for science-based learning. In our family, I work to reverse that trend, if not for high school, then perhaps for college or even life-long learning….


Monday Mottoes – #167

The end of the year is upon us. One more month and 2016 will be a thing of the past. What have we accomplished? What’s yet to be done? Maybe you’ve “learned from the past” and not even made any goals. Or perhaps the list of hopes and dreams has remained that: a fairy tale…


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…