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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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Powerful Prep Work the Night Before

Got a busy day coming up, full of activities, deadlines and schedules? The best advices would be what your mother might tell you, God bless her: prepare the night before! This is your key to starting on target, and staying on target, the next day. It spans from school to senior centers: plan ahead. The…

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Monday Mottoes – #212

Unless you’re a really young person, most of us have some measure of life experience in our past. Good, bad or otherwise. We face the daily decision to either look forward and move forward, or look backward and move backward. Kind of like sharks who are never stationary, but always pressing forward. Think about it:…

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Monday Mottoes – #208

It’s Monday morning and you need a challenge. Why slink into your work week overwrought and overtired? Time to take your career and make it what you want. You may not believe you can control things like new clients, or smarter investments, or more customers, or targeting your research. But today, just for my special…

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Monday Mottoes – #207

Natural disasters happen, but humanity’s kindness and God’s help happen greater. I do not believe that natural disasters are God’s automatic judgment on a nation— if that were the case, I’m not sure any of us would be here. I wouldn’t rule it out in extreme cases, such as Sodom and Gomorrah, but as the…

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Houseboat or Yacht Accommodations?

Our son, Petya, works in an office that’s fascinating. For some reason this year, they offered their annual conference as a complimentary perk… to his mother! That would be moi. And the 3-day conference is just under $1,000, so it’s quite a savings and it’s in my field. Now comes the time to check into…

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

We live in an instant-food, instant-communication society. With a zap of the microwave or the click of a mouse, all happens at a very rapid pace which can skew our thinking when it comes to other matters of life. The bottom line that nobody wants to admit anymore: some things just take time. And in…

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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…

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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…

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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!…

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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…