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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…!



Monday Mottoes – #221

Most of us like to hear of battles won overnight, whether it’s a fight for the corner office waged by someone doing very little, yet who has the eye or the ear of the boss, versus another employee who accomplishes amazing feats, while earning little recognition. It might be the struggle against ISIS, with the…


Monday Mottoes – #220

I have a way with giving our kids all sorts of information that they don’t want. Somehow, I believe them to be consulting/coaching clients paying me big bucks in order to get an idea of what they should be doing in life. Hahahaha…. I start with things like proper nutrition and posture. Not a very…


Counterproductive “Days of Rage”

And so the Palestinians are rioting. What else is new? This is their default switch, their bottom line to which they return time and again. A bottom line is not a good place to live. I recall attending intensive Hebrew school when living in Jerusalem. It was time to beef up the lingua and move…


Today is Your Life in a Snapshot

Every day is a window into your life of what will most likely be your future. I could say each week is a microcosm of your future, a virtual snapshot and true, as well, because a week averages out any inconsistencies. Some days bring up emergencies, special appointments, issues and so on …. Therefore, spread…


Monday Mottoes – #219

It’s a risky business, this thing called life. You’ve got to be willing to take chances and challenge yourself. The easy thing is rarely the right thing, but that’s how character grows. People ask me a lot about my daily schedule and how I accomplish so much. They don’t see me rise before 3:00 am…


Job-Hunting Realities

It staggers my mind how many people don’t like playing with the facts in life. They would rather keep their head in the sand instead of moving out of their comfort zone and getting what they truly want. And then whining about it! So today, we’re going to pull back the mysterious curtain and take…


Monday Mottoes – #218

I hope your Thanksgiving was full of great times with family and friends. Or, quiet and peaceful. Or, adventuresome and action-packed-! There’s something for everyone when you set out with the right intentions for your situation. Sometimes, you need to simply target what you really want or what would really work for your personality and…


How to Move Forward in Life

“I have no idea where we are…” I remarked to my companion. “Corner of Congress and State,” the distinguished gentleman in suit and tie replied, overhearing me and nodding toward the street signs. “Yes, I can see that,” I acknowledged, adding, “it’s more like how to get to where we are going, instead of where…


Monday Mottoes – #215

Depending on your age and personality type, you’re probably either a planner or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-er. Some like to “let life happen and see where it leads them”, while others choose to take more of a directing role. You know, Type A or Type B.  Whatever works for you. Most people who know themselves well, understand…


Monday Mottoes – #214

I have an ongoing discussion both with my children as well as with grown adults: Do we “have” to do hard work in life, or do we “get to” do hard work? Let’s face it. Most of us have an avoidance of anything difficult. If it’s hard, we’re out. If it’s easy, count us in….