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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…!

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Oh Autumn, How Do I Love Thee?

Let me count the ways…. The joys of autumn are fast approaching, depending on where in the world we live. On the east coast of America, in the mid-Atlantic region, fall has been not-so-fast, actually slow in arriving. Last night, the temperatures dropped to the 40s degree Fahrenheit, so I’m feeling hopeful-! What are these…

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Autumn is Here!

In northern parts of the United States, the fall foliage is peaking with a beautiful blend of oranges, reds, yellows and browns. In the southern states, indications are just starting in areas where there are four seasons…. Don’t you love the fall? The crisp air at night, the warm days. Not too hot, not too…

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What’s Normal Family Life?

Probably the only normal is that there is no normal. Or is there? Take a look at any of the “reality” families on American television, from the Duggars to the Kardashians, you know, the ones where the kids have grown to the point of establishing families of their own, and it makes one wonder. “Whatever…

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America’s Spiritual Roots

Our nation has been through a lot in recent days. Sometimes it helps to remember our spiritual roots and give thanks to God. That’s what our family did this year on 9/11. We headed to the Capitol in Washington, DC, and took a spiritual heritage tour sponsored by a Bible-based non-profit and a member of…

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A Myrtle Beach Vacay-!

Just about the time I’m going through my own way-of-sorrows renovation stories (and believe me, I have enough work to be done in my places that could keep me busy another 20 years…), we have friends who have accomplished an amazing feat with a 1950s beach house in lovely Myrtle Beach, SC. This is one…

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Treasures at the Dump

I have become an official dump diver. No, not a dumpster diver— a dump diver. Mind you, it’s all online for now. But, I’m getting up my nerve. This is how it went down: I had some large mattresses and box springs that we needed to replace. It led me to do some research and…

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Monday Mottoes – #191

The headlines over the weekend said it all: “At Least 3 Climbers Dead, 1 Missing After Tragic Weekend On Mount Everest”. These were smart people, educated people, athletic people. Why risk it all to say you had conquered a particular summit such as Everest? Personally, I don’t get it. I guess my life is extreme…

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On D-I-Y Decking and Walkways

I am on an exploratory foray to examine do-it-yourself decking and walkways or boardwalks. Who knew? The options these days appear to be limitless. For anyone residing in marshy, sandy, muddy, shady or sunny areas, a snap-together deck, on the ground, or in the air, may be just the thing. Where have I been living?…

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In Transit: Me and My Birthday Baloney Sandwich

In transit. That could be the story of my life. I seem to always be in one locale… and headed for another. Pressing forward, moving on, not stagnant. That could be an epitaph of sorts: In Transit. I’ve seen many that are worse…. So, yesterday was my birthday. Today is Israel’s birthday. Great ones tend…

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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…