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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…

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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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Monday Mottoes – #62

Heard a great quote the other day, very insightful in a number of ways. You see, everyone faces challenges in life, some more than others. We often shy away from problems because who doesn’t like smooth sailing? Yet, as a Chinese proverb says, “Smooth sailing doesn’t make skilled sailors.” This can apply to so many…

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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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A Teen Business Trip

Real life around our place is much more fascinating than fiction, any day. I shake my head along with the rest of you when I hear of developments, dilemmas, and doggy antics going on under our roof. The latest revolves around Petya, naturally, our eldest who tests the waters and blazes paths for the children…

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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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It’s Apple (aapl) Season

I cruised into town around 3:15 am one morning. There in the kitchen sat two bags of apples, courtesy of Benedetto. I would imagine he expected me to make him an apple pie. Maybe after a couple of hours’ sleep, okay? The apples were good choices. The Ginger Gold paper bag was well-beyond half empty,…

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Monday Mottoes – #55

“You’re not from around here, are you?” one of Petya’s coworkers asked him. “Not originally,” our almost-18-year-old agreed. “Most of the guys around here don’t like to work. They like getting a paycheck, just not working….” The man was old enough to be his father, and had a 14-year-old son that he wanted Petya to…

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Our Girl’s Good News

We’ve been chatting with the kids about summer jobs. Granted, half the summer is over, but still, they can dream. Their ages are 17.5, 17.5, 16, and 13.5, two boys, two girls, all who arrived from Russia at older ages. The first boy is headed to college in the fall, the second boy is entering…

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