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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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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…

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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…