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Gym Fear and Loathing

Against the backdrop of the worst terrorist incident in France in 50 years, I needed a diversion of my own. Confronted with some fear and loathing of a much lesser sort, I was faced with a possible gym membership and didn’t know what to think. It had been decades since I held a sports club…


Monday Mottoes – #70

Moaning and groaning. Why do some people love to kvetch and complain, whine and say woe-is-me? There are beautiful women who sit at home night after night, nary a date in sight. They’re too pretty, nobody will approach them. Rather than slap a smile on their face and extend their hand in greeting, they bemoan…


Get Rich Quick?

There’s a scam a day out there, people. Be careful. Anything that sounds too good to be true…. So why do people continue to sign-up for “educational courses” that exist for the sole reason of selling you on even larger promotional packages? Because you will learn a little along the way. Very little. But just…


Chicken Little, The Ruble is Falling

In Russia these days, the sky is falling. Yet again. I first wrote about this back in September (http://www.destinationsdreamsanddogs.com/rough-times-in-russia/), but things have gotten worse. A lot worse. It’s raining Russian rubles as the economy tanks. Yesterday, the ruble dropped to almost half of its value against the dollar since the beginning of 2014. The currency…


Where Have All Our Old Haunts Gone?

It’s the holidays and I’m feeling nostalgic. My kids are teens and old enough to understand that I had youthful traditions with my own mother once upon a time. I call a local department store that’s had an in-store café since the 1950s known for sky-high club sandwiches, delicate tea sandwiches, and luscious pies and…


Fairly Evident… to All But Those Involved

How is it that certain realities of life are self-evident to everyone except those going through the situation in question? You can list them with the best of us: 1. That all men are created equal—that is, if you’re white, male, Protestant, and a landholder during that time period. 2. That your secret office romance…


Monday Mottoes – #66

Waiting for the right day, the right person, the right job, the right home. Many of us play the waiting game for most of our lives. The right break, the right opportunity, the right contact. Whatever happened to… making it happen? Good weather or bad weather, feeling well or not, rough economy or a hot…


Black, Black Friday

With a name like that, this is one shopping day when I’m generally opted-out. Well, silly me, we happened to be up and out, travelling between homes on Friday at 6:00 am, so I figured…. Wrong move. I thought I was being smart. I’m generally smart. It’s not like I had too much turkey and…


Monday Mottoes – #64

This is a saying that’s been springing up everywhere and it mirrors the days in which we live. With a number of negatives being reported in the news, it can be challenging to stay positive when crazy folks are chopping off people’s heads and things like that. I like the series that begins with “Keep…


The Key to the Success

While we’re doing opinion pieces…. There’s nothing scientific about anyone’s climb to the top. Well, maybe there is, but that just says that they’re boring. I’m referring to that certain “Je ne sais quoi” that separates the men from the boys, the ladies from the girls, the stars from the lumps of coal. Read any…

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