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Monday Mottoes – #155

“I think I can, I think I can,” said the Little Engine That Could. Perhaps you remember something from your childhood echoing that 1963 inspirational cartoon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx9xO98kcBU). Nowadays, cartoons seem to have different messages, yet that encouraging word will never grow old. Today, so many give up after engaging in any initial exertion. Their tenacity,…


And We Try Again… Mashenka’s Future

Take Two. Or Three. Or Four or whatever we’re up to at this point. Mashenka came back for more help from me. Her father’s urging proved beneficial. Of course, I could just go up to the 18-year-old and tell her, “Look, you’re bright, you’re personable, you could have a lot going for you in your…


I Believe the Female Fox Newscasters

It’s not difficult to anyone whose head is not in the sand. I mean, what’s with the heavily made-up, mini-skirted women of Fox News? I’ve wondered that for years. I don’t get it. Maybe I work in much more conservative realms in our nation’s capital, but when a grown woman wears a sleeveless, low-cut top…


Target’s $20 Million Learning Curve

Ah yes, upside-down and inside-out. Some twist and turn so much in an effort not to cry “Uncle!” and give up… that it becomes an even more ludicrous waste of time and money. Witness this summer’s slump in sales at the once-great Target, whose sales and stock plummeted in light of its transgender bathrooms and…


The Palestinians are Their Own Worst Enemies

Evil generally does not get better with time. Neither does the Palestinian situation. In the latest untenable situation, a Palestinian father pushes his four-year-old son toward Israeli soldiers and screams at them to shoot his son, to kill him-! Unbelievable. Naturally, the soldiers do nothing of the sort and actually extend their hand in peace…


The Fundraising Dinner

Generally, Benedetto and I don’t have the time nor the inclination to attend free dinners that turn out to be anything but free. But this night, it was actually a topic/cause that piqued our interest, and thus we headed out to regions beyond, imagining that several acquaintances would be in attendance. We were not disappointed….


Women in Danger Worldwide

It’s dangerous out there, people, and particularly dangerous for women in a whole lot of the world. Things are not getting better, and if anything, becoming worse in an ever-widening swath on the globe. In an election year, there’s a need for decisive steps to save our country and those elsewhere requiring help. It’s not…


Free Land in Russia

A couple of weeks ago, a friend sent a news article announcing free land in Russia. Could it be true? Yes, if you were a Russian citizen and felt the pioneering spirit, you could sign up for the latest in Russian-good-ideas-gone-bad. The Russian president approved the scheme whereby one hectare (2.5 acres) would be given…


How to Negotiate Anything Abroad

You can do this. Doesn’t matter if you’re filthy rich and can’t be bothered, for many goods and services in the rest of the world, you are expected to negotiate and haggle the price down. Not to do so would say something of your naivete, as well as make life difficult for the next stranger…


What’s Changed in Moscow?

I’ve been asked by many to report more in-depth concerning Moscow. Many adoptive parents have not been there in the past decade when international adoptions began to close. No matter what region you stayed in, most of us had to end up our trip with several days in the capital. Is it the same? Yes…