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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…!

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How to Negotiate Anything Abroad

You can do this. Doesn’t matter if you’re filthy rich and can’t be bothered, for many goods and services in the rest of the world, you are expected to negotiate and haggle the price down. Not to do so would say something of your naivete, as well as make life difficult for the next stranger…

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What’s Changed in Moscow?

I’ve been asked by many to report more in-depth concerning Moscow. Many adoptive parents have not been there in the past decade when international adoptions began to close. No matter what region you stayed in, most of us had to end up our trip with several days in the capital. Is it the same? Yes…

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Americans Traveling Abroad in 2016?

I didn’t see any. Really not any at all, come to think of it. Not in Russia, not in Israel. This was early June, so maybe kids are just getting out of school. Saw a good group from a couple of American universities digging on an archaeological excavation, but beyond that— at tourist sites, at…

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My Son’s Job Offer… for Me

Our oldest son, Petya, has worked at the same office for almost five years, beginning when he was 15 years old and volunteering. They offered him paid employment about a year into his part-time stint and then steady raises. He began as the King of Shredding and Photocopying, progressed into organizing their library, sending donor-acknowledgment…

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Thriving, Not Surviving

You’ve heard it said that whatever doesn’t kill you, strengthens you. I’m not so sure about that. There must be a step in there that has been edited out. I don’t like the idea of runaway kids, divorce, abusive relationships, bankruptcy, being let go from your job, etc., because that kind of stuff can knock…

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Monday Mottoes – #136

Thomas Edison has captured my attention of late. To me, he seems such a model of inspiration, of perseverance and of creativity. Unless you have contact with some start-ups or immigrants, this is not necessarily the kind of mindset that one often sees today. It simply strikes me as commonsense: if you keep trying, you’ll…

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Monday Mottoes – #135

Hello, I’m back. Wish I could say I took a snooze, but you know how that is! Hope that all is well with you. So we’re back to Monday and believing that another outstanding, power-packed week stretches before us. It always amazes me, how very similar circumstances or situations can face two people: one rises…

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Needed in Inaccessible Places: Travel on Steroids

I promise I will get back to special ed. But for now, emergencies loom. I am needed in all of the most inaccessible places of the earth. This is what one might call travel on steroids. I check flights. Not on the usual travel sites. Instead, I try to take into consideration time and money,…

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Monday Mottoes – #134

There’s something about rising early. Not, of course, if you’ve stayed up late the night before. Also, not if you’ve stayed up for days on end. But in general, I don’t believe we should be lying in bed all day. Take a nap later on if you must, just get up, preferably, early in the…

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The Grant Writing Gig…for Dummies Like Me

Foundations exist in order to give away money to good causes. Often, what they’re not upfront about saying is that they don’t want to give it away… to you or your cause. I know of some very worthy non-profit organizations who could use some funds. Okay, lots of funds. They have big goals and big…