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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…!



Hidden Cappuccino Calories

With a hurricane heading toward the East Coast of the US, our family has chosen to drive toward the scene of the crime and finish securing preparations that our friends started. So I am trying to turn my mind to other important matters while we all dig trenches for torrential rains to be channeled away…


Evacuate for Hurricane Matthew?

And the craziness has started. In point-and-counterpoint, Benedetto and I are diametrically opposed, which only fits since a huge anniversary is coming up later in the week. Along with a hurricane, or at least very high winds and monsoon rains. The governor is calling for evacuations within 100 miles of the coast, no longer mandatory…


Adoption and Long-Standing Jealousy Issues

I recall when our children came home from Russia as preteens. Some had constant jealousy issues: I had doled out more peas to one than another. Literally counting them on their plate, they were sure that I had planned on slighting them…. Years later, the same issues resurface repeatedly. No one is counting tiny bits…


Signs of Summer

Personally, I’m in the midst of a number of special projects this summer, similar to mergers and acquisitions, time-consuming and not at all allowing me to move forward in other, vital areas. I barely know that it’s summer, other than my now-becoming-sporadic daily power walk. So today, I am recounting the highlights of summer and…


At the Country Market

My husband grew up for a number of years in southern New Jersey. Not far away recently in nearby Pennsylvania, he could not resist the urge to travel an hour or two out of the way in order to purchase local, farm-fresh produce. Along I went, laptop serving as my mobile office. On the way,…


What’s Changed in Moscow?

I’ve been asked by many to report more in-depth concerning Moscow. Many adoptive parents have not been there in the past decade when international adoptions began to close. No matter what region you stayed in, most of us had to end up our trip with several days in the capital. Is it the same? Yes…


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…


Monday Mottoes – #139

Probably similar to yours, my life is quite complex. Schedules, appointments, family, associates, meals, countries and continents vie for attention. So we co-coordinate, shuffle engagements, hurry up, make it happen. I realized in the early morning hours that I know how to urge someone, “Hurry!” in a good handful of languages. Yet, no matter how…


A Foodie Family

Riding in the car, we took a country drive, in order to go for a walk. Our family does stuff like that: drive to walk. It was close to 5:00 in the afternoon, the weather had turned cold and misty, a nice change from unseasonably hot. One son was ready to leave work, the other…


My Green Power Drink

I’ve heard a lot about green energy drinks, you know, those fruit or veggie potions that do wonders for your body or energy. So I decided to make one of my own, using it as either a meal or snack substitute. Out came the blender, along with some handfuls of spinach and then some fruit….