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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…!

Field Trips

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Spring Break Packing Marathon

Because our family lives in a couple of locales on a weekly basis, we know how to pack. I generally review with the children what the upcoming temperatures will be, along with any specific events or obligations coming our way. That way, everyone’s clear on what clothes to have on hand. Sometimes. Because occasionally items…

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The Big Business Side of Homeschooling

Not all homeschoolers are wealthy. After all, these parent(s) are, for the most part, staying home with their children. Some may be crazy like us, travel the world, take the kids along with them and help them learn along the way. But that’s not the norm. So this blog is not about companies making millions…

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The City Girl & Shoofly Pie

Yours truly recently traveled through Pennsylvania Dutch Country, passing horse-drawn carts and horse-tethered plows turning up the rich spring earth. It had been a long time since I actually smelled freshly-plowed soil… accompanied by the ripe smell of livestock. Growing up riding horses made it an enjoyable trip down memory lane. Benedetto, my partner in…

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Historic Art Curation

How did I find myself seated in a historic plantation home’s gorgeous paneled room dating from the eighteenth century, before the American Revolution, and working on a collection of fine art? I had been called into service as an art historian, or more particularly as a curator of historic frames. Never mind that I possessed…

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The Beach Cottage Must-Haves

Spring break is upon us and the summer is quickly approaching. Thoughts turn to beach getaway destinations. As a family who has owned or rented properties by various seaside locales, I thought we might share our specs when choosing a special property by the ocean. First of all, the house needs to be near the…

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Monday Mottoes – #180

Online learning and working and shopping makes life so smooth and streamlined. There’s really no need then to deal with traffic jams or nasty folks in the cubicle next to you. Yet, for all those gains comes isolation and learning to mix with others has its benefits. As the European Union considers requiring travel visas…

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The Mystery of Scotland Yard

Yesterday we learned that the first female head of Scotland Yard, Cressida Dick, had been named after 188 years. The police commissioner, in her mid-50s, served the force for 31 years, overseeing counter-terrorism there for several years before retiring to the Foreign Office. And now she was back. In full power. Which caused me to…

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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…

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Monday Mottoes – #178

Today in the United States, it’s Presidents’ Day, commemorating the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and George Washington (February 22nd). Washington was the first president and Lincoln was the sixteenth, both men known for stellar leadership and outstanding guidance for the country. While many Americans celebrate with a day off from school or work…

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Do Only Crazy People Hear Birds Sing?

To make a long story short, the family traveled to a lovely fish restaurant in an historic location. We were entertaining the new girlfriend and wanted to show her a good time. So here we were with salmon, cod, coleslaw and hush puppies. My husband visited the restroom in order to wash his hands. Bemused,…