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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 – #179

It’s Monday morning and a whole new week spreads before us. What an opportunity to do things that matter! Don’t let it pass by in a daze or a haze. I love motivational books, CDs, DVDs. They’re so powerful and usually work to get us over the idea of anything that might hinder great achievements….


Colonial Houses: Returning to the Past Will Cost You

It’s a lovely time of year on the East Coast. In the north, there’s not yet much hint of spring, while in the south, some days are reaching up to the very warm ranges. Daffodils peek out here and there and even the grass is starting to grow again. Soon it will be time for…


Remember, Pressure Can Be Positive

I know a whole lot of people going through a whole lot of things. The pressure is practically killing them. It’s emotional, intellectual, financial, and spiritual stress. Which is generally just another word for fear. There are business deals in the balance. A marriage on the rocks. Cars breaking down.  Kids gone awry and astray….


Why I Don’t Believe You’re a Millionaire

Today, being a millionaire is like saying you have a refrigerator. Particularly if you reside in an urban area and own something bigger than a one-room apartment. You are already a millionaire. Anyhow, if you’re anything like me, you receive loads of lame e-mails every day from online marketers promising to turn you into a…


Money Talks with Minnie the Moocher

Minnie the Moocher was a 1931 jazz song about a woman who begged for a living. In our family, it reminds us of Sashenka, 16-going-on-3. All she talks about is money and I wonder if it may be our fault. We don’t talk about finances non-stop. And we are not poor. So we try to…


Do You Daydream?

I’ve heard it said that adults daydream almost 50% of their waking hours. That’s a lot of time! I imagine everyone is basically wishing that they were somewhere else, with somebody else, doing something else. That’s a whole lot of regret. I don’t have much time to daydream, nor to second-guess: coulda, woulda, shoulda. I…


Quick & Easy Skills That Are Important to Learn

While perusing a really cool article from www.lifehack.org, I found some very basic skills that I really need to learn. Never mind the lack of time, I think I can do these. One day. Just not one day soon. But the surprising thing is, some of them actually intrigue me. I guess they appeal to…


Would You Buy Ivanka’s Clothing Line?

Now here’s a young lady, fashionable, elegant, devoted to her family and her business… whose father now happens to be President of the United States. So you’re telling me that we shouldn’t buy her clothing line? Kinda nuts, in my opinion. If we were all judged by our relatives…. But then again, here are women……


Middle-Aged Dreams & Fantasies

Admit it, the years pass on and many have thoughts of doing something new. There’s no need to run away from the mate or get a new sports car. All you need is a little creativity. But there are themes that appear and reappear these days. In an unscientific poll, here are a few of…


Women’s March on Washington Didn’t Want Women Like You and Me

I stand for women… while being cultured and polite. I believe in women accomplishing their goals… and in being married. I think that women’s rights are vital… along with the rights of the unborn. And if you take a look at those headlining the Women’s March of last Saturday, you won’t find many fitting that…