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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…!



How Far Would You Commute for a Job?

Okay, maybe that’s downplaying the issue by calling it “a job”. More of a “career” or a “calling” could put it into better perspective. Yet the question remains: how far would you travel to work? Our family commutes, driving between seven and eight hours between cities to spend half a week in each location. Kinda…


Monday Mottoes – #203

Possibly the one truly non-renewable resource is time. It’s a commodity in great demand, yet many simply give up and throw in the towel, rather than harness their daily schedule. Could it be phone calls, e-mails, stop-byes and interruptions at the office that eat up your time? I had a friend who oversaw an entire…


Who Controls Your Future?

If you asked me who controls my future, I would say, bottom line: God. But no so fast. We have a part to play, as well. Which is both the terrifying, as well as the exhilarating, aspect of the equation. When we miss it occasionally and then suffer the consequences, that’s not God. That’s us!…


Jilting Al Jazeera

The hatred-filled Al Jazeera “news” network from Qatar is being kicked to the curb yet again. Numerous Arab nations have found the network’s radical Muslim stance particularly suited to inciting violence and have rejected their broadcasts. The United States also does not allow them to broadcast, but their articles and videos may be found online…


Monday Mottoes – #202

It’s the craziest thing. The anomaly continues. The more I turn down business, the more clients clamor for my attention. Sometimes, I believe I’m being saved from disaster by the ability to say “No”. It just happened in the last hour. Two different groups hoped that I would consult with them during the same time…


Refusing Business-!

It was very odd and it’s happening more and more: I needed to turn down business. The offer on the table involved semi-realistic folks with semi-unrealistic expectations. I had to face the difficult decision that it would most likely be in all of our best interests to not work together. Money down the drain, or…


Monday Mottoes – #201

Henry Ford was not only an inventor and automobile manufacturer, but as were many from an era where thoughtfulness was esteemed, he was a thinker and we could say wise. I like his quotes. They cut right to the heart of the matter. Today, we’re looking at dusting ourselves off and starting again. If I…


You Can’t Go to the Slammer— It’s Your Birthday!

A funny thing happened on the way to Benedetto’s birthday party this week. One of the cities in which we lived informed him that he was in violation of one ordinance or another and would immediately be fined something to the tune of $1005/day, or he would need to spend the next 30 days in…



I’m sort of a black-and-white, right-or-wrong, you’re either in-or-out type of gal. Yet, in many areas of life it’s difficult to even enjoy straightforward tastes or colors anymore, from tutti-frutti banana-kiwi-mango-papaya drinks to blue-green paint chips. I think it’s a fear of commitment in general, whether sticking with one career for more than a few…


Monday Mottoes – #199

It’s summertime, a lovely time to get ahead in life. When everyone else seems to be lazing around in hammocks or by the pool, you can be forging ahead in life. After all, vacay does not mean delay. Take the laptop with you. Make notes on the legal pad or the iPad. Strategize and scheme….