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Monday Mottoes – #105

How much of life passes us by as we wait for new opportunities, hope for things to change, wish that situations could be different? How pro-active is it really possible to be? Are massive changes within our reach? Absolutely. But we have to commit to want the changes even if we take them on one…

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Capacity Building

Recently, I’ve been considering capacity building—whether in terms of human potential, mental capacity, financial capacity, leadership capacity and organizational capacity. What are the attitudes or beliefs or practices that limit us in life? Is the desire to change and expand ourselves enough? Or are some folks, no matter how earnest they are, simply incapable of…

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Russian Rubles and A Rough Summer at the Dacha

It’s said that one out of three Russians owns a dacha, a generally-small summer cottage, occasionally one room, usually without running water. There’s a well to pump water outside, along with the ubiquitous Russian rural outhouse. There’s also a rush-hour on Fridays to get to the remote outskirts of cities, whether by car or by…

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Are You Settling?

Many good people settle for bad things. It’s because the bad things are sometimes thought to be not that bad, like the babushka (granny) in St. Petersburg, Russia, implicated in the murders of 11 people whom she decapitated and ate for dinner, hacking some to death while they were still alive. I believe we would…

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New Jobs for our Immigrant Kids

Our four teens don’t exactly fit the profile of other adopted teens. In some ways they do, in other ways, they don’t. It can lead to some hysterical outcomes, at times. So Mashenka, age 17, wanted a summer job. She scooped ice cream and helped at a mini-golf establishment for a month or two at…

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Female Killers

Bambi, look out. Killing is going mainstream. Some are celebrating and defending it, while others are horrified and condemning it. Our moral compass appears to be broken. Does this bother you? Now that a semi-famous lion has been killed by an American dentist, we have a giraffe-slaying huntress posting pics of her many kills, as…

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Trade Secrets & Economic Espionage

Here around the Bartologimignano household, many foreign nationals lurk. They try to gain access to sensitive information, what some might call proprietary information or trade secrets. They come from former Communist backgrounds, Russia in particular… and they happen to be my children. It’s their goal and intention to seize my brownie recipe and their father’s…

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Iran & Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

It’s the little matter of 12,000 kilometers. The Iranians insisted on this at the end of the pseudo-negotiations, and I say pseudo because I can’t see anything worthwhile for the US in any of the Iranian “deal”. Intercontinental ballistic missiles have that kind of range—to travel between continents. At a time when American schoolchildren are…

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Teen Job Search – Plan B

Mashenka can’t find a summer job. She came to it late, starting to look almost at the end of June. Many schools and universities already had flooded the market with applicants. It’s not like she needs to work. But some summertime responsibility could be a good thing. Being around others might force her to enunciate,…

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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…