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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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Our Girls & the Transgender Restroom

The one time we turn our back. Occasionally, occasionally, I as a mother have stuff to do. Like run empires on several continents, etc. This time, my husband was multi-tasking while our whole family was out and about. I stepped into one establishment, while he went to get gas and snacks with the kids and…

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Packing Panic

I will be leaving the country in less than a week and I’m having trouble focusing on a suitable wardrobe. In the past, I always just pulled out the same things. If you get creative and have the gift of interpretation, you can see me basically in the same outfits year after year. Black suit,…

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The Eastern Shore

Passing through the Eastern Shore environs on a cool / cloudy / rainy day. There’s nothing like being off-season, or just-before-season anywhere. Alright, so some cafes or shops or amusements may be closed, but much of the time I’m a woman on a mission, just zipping through on my way elsewhere…. Spotted this “Love” sign…

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Life in the Pits

My life is in the pits.  Archaeological pits, that is.  For now, we are excavating, my oldest son and I.  The weather is much better than expected, so I can’t complain– about 62 degrees and overcast, really lovely for heavy physical labor. Here I am, measuring away, making sure our levels are… level!  Otherwise, you…

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Out to the Wild… Sans Scotties

Heading out to the field for a couple of days. Not sure if there will be any internet. I will keep you posted, possibly by smoke signals. Pray that my Scotties survive without me. They may twitch and mumble in their sleep, but they will still be dreaming of me. Everyone should have such loyal…

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The Power of Preparation

Half of my life is spent in preparation. No, maybe more. I prep for meetings, and phone calls, and meals, and trips. Most of all for trips. And my whole life is one trip or another. I research airfares, which hotels or apartments are where, how to take a foreign metro when the signs are…

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Mindful Mentoring

It’s been a wild past 24 hours. All sorts of mayhem, trials and tribulations as I face a major public address and as my husband heads away for a couple of days with a great young guy that he’s mentoring. I don’t even know if mentoring is the proper term. These days, young adults have…

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How Did the Kids Fare While Home Alone?

This was the first time we left the kids for a couple of days on their own. Before, they’ve stayed with family friends, or maybe we left them for a few hours overnight, but this time, it was really two-and-a-half days. Never mind that we were sequestered on a mountain with bears and turkeys—our thoughts…

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Benedetto Has Been to the Mountain

So we are finishing up our three-day retreat, or two-and-a-half day retreat, or two evenings and one full day and one half day retreat…. You can tell that the fresh mountain air is getting to me…. We had about three hours of free time one afternoon and my husband, Benedetto, set his heart on climbing…

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Repairing to a Retreat

I am on Cloud Nine. Over the past 24 hours my spirits have been lifted. Benedetto and I have taken a couple of days, time that we normally don’t have, since we can rarely spare two hours, much less two minutes, but we have left on a retreat. Shhh… quiet… conversation… no kids… some interactive…