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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…!



Friends Encouraging Friends

So many changes in so many friends’ lives. All of them good, all of them breakthroughs. It’s special to be able to cheer them on to victory, to be there in good times and bad. Isn’t that what life is all about, to give someone else an encouraging word and to rejoice with them when…


Monday Mottoes – #94

Obstacles in life occur to most all of us. We have a dream or destination in mind and everything and everyone conspires against our arriving there. Doesn’t it seem like that some days? It’s been said, “I can’t seem to win for losing.” So to fight back against any defeatist thoughts, we keep in mind…


In Search of a White Shirt

It’s not easy being a woman in a conservative world. Most of us wear pretty much what we want, when we want. We have some leeway as to color, cut and creativity. Yet, when it comes to certain events, positions or situations, a suit and white shirt is the way to go. And so, I…


New-Graduate Job-Seeking Wardrobe

It’s that time of year. Flip-flops and t-shirts, jeans and hoodies, caps and gowns are exchanged for garb designed to get you somewhere. As a new college graduate, you’ll need to “look the part” before you have the part. However, with no job and no money, how do you do it? There are a number…


Three Outstanding Students

This month, I’ve enjoyed hearing success stories about young people who are outstanding students. In other words, they stand out in the crowd. One is a new immigrant to the US from Sri Lanka, the next one’s parents immigrated here from India, and the third is a homegrown African-American. Each is brilliant in his own…


Change Your Words Right Now

It’s Thursday and we could all use a few words of support and encouragement about now. So I’ve included the link to two mini videos, each two or three minutes that will have you smiling… and thinking…. I have no connection with these sites, but you knew that. The first comes from www.purplefeather.co.uk , a…


Monday Mottoes – #91

Most everyone has dreams. Through the years they may be trampled upon, beaten down, squeezed out, but they were there… or are yet to be… if only you would dare to dream. Sometimes we’ve tried and been disappointed. Maybe others have let us down. Next! Overcome that trepidation, stick to your plan, modify if necessary,…


Connecting Character Traits with Careers

Since we’re on a roll with career counselling in the Bartologimignano household, I thought you might like to hear more. Hold the applause, please. When our kids are stuck and can’t seem to understand what they should be doing—whether past, present or future—I have a new approach. I ask them what they would counsel someone…


Coffee with the Billionaire

It was a number of years ago and both of us were interested in similar projects. I met with Ms. Billionaire at the highrise urban office, large and luxurious. She cordially offered me coffee and surprised me by standing up and going to get it, herself, someone with plenty of staff. Running from other meetings,…


Life of Fred

It’s hysterical, whimsical, delightful and practical. “Life of Fred” is an elementary level math program on steroids with high school language arts, as well. Its entertainment value stems from its eccentricity, written by Stan Schmidt, Ph.D, and his books’ main protagonist, Fred Gauss, born on the western slopes of the Siberian mountains. Professor Schmidt doesn’t…

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