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Putin Threatens to Pull Plug on Gas

Most every winter, the story is the same: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin cuts off crucial gas supplies to Ukraine, ensuring that they freeze for a month or two and are able to remember who butters their black bread. This year, the story is changing. Putin is threatening Western Europe’s gas supplies as sanctions against him…

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A Teen Business Trip

Real life around our place is much more fascinating than fiction, any day. I shake my head along with the rest of you when I hear of developments, dilemmas, and doggy antics going on under our roof. The latest revolves around Petya, naturally, our eldest who tests the waters and blazes paths for the children…

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Rough Times in Russia

Russia’s day of retribution is coming. You mistreat orphans, you invade other countries, and it’s going to come back to haunt you. According to my worldview, whatever you sow, you’re going to reap. It may be sooner, it may be later, but life doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Many of Russia’s actions in recent years…

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Monday Mottoes – #57

“Easy money, ka-ching, ka-ching!” our youngest daughter, almost 14, enthuses. I am not amused. How she has developed a love for money, and a desire for “easy money”, I have no idea. But I believe it’s born of low self-esteem. “Why can’t you work like other people?” I gently probe. “You’re smart, outgoing, have lots…

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It’s Apple (aapl) Season

I cruised into town around 3:15 am one morning. There in the kitchen sat two bags of apples, courtesy of Benedetto. I would imagine he expected me to make him an apple pie. Maybe after a couple of hours’ sleep, okay? The apples were good choices. The Ginger Gold paper bag was well-beyond half empty,…

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Monday Mottoes – #55

“You’re not from around here, are you?” one of Petya’s coworkers asked him. “Not originally,” our almost-18-year-old agreed. “Most of the guys around here don’t like to work. They like getting a paycheck, just not working….” The man was old enough to be his father, and had a 14-year-old son that he wanted Petya to…

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Our Girl’s Good News

We’ve been chatting with the kids about summer jobs. Granted, half the summer is over, but still, they can dream. Their ages are 17.5, 17.5, 16, and 13.5, two boys, two girls, all who arrived from Russia at older ages. The first boy is headed to college in the fall, the second boy is entering…

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Monday Mottoes – #45

I recall my first-ever summer job. I had just turned 16 and felt that it was time to start earning some shekels. At the time, about the most glamorous position I could imagine was to apprentice myself to an attorney—answering the phone, typing, running papers downtown to court. Going methodically through the phone book, I…

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College Acceptance

The communique arrived before dawn in our son’s e-mail inbox. Short and sweet, it read something like this: “Many thanks for sending your application for a place commencing this fall. We have now made you an offer to study with us which has been sent separately to your email address.” The foreign university was well-respected…

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You Are Not Alone

The trials of life come to us all at one time or another. Maybe a loved one’s personality has changed for the worse, and they don’t care any more. It could be a life-threatening illness or constant stress. The economy has thrown a wrench into many families’ plans. At times, it can seem like too…

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