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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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Coffee With Healthful Spices

The jury is still out on coffee and whether or not it’s good for you. Or not harmful, at least. Is water-processed decaf as dangerous as chemically-processed decaf? Is that as beneficial as caffeinated? Being more Euro-oriented in my younger days, I used to laugh at the Americans who needed to have a dusting of…

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Monday Mottoes – #100

Our oldest son is home and I can breathe a sigh of relief. He journeyed solo to and from New York City, had many wonderful experiences, and all is well. Petya got to spread his wings and be independent, while enjoying a great group of older teens. I got to thinking about how kids express…

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Selfie Accidents in Russia

Quick-! What could be more dangerous than a Lada-driving Russian careening over crowded sidewalks simply because the streets are even more congested with traffic? Apparently it’s a Russian taking a selfie, you know, that narcissistic self-portrait that most Americans are satisfied to take in the privacy of their own bathroom, but Russians have to take…

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The Beautiful Boutique Clothing Swap

Our group of ladies had a great idea: switching out clothing that we had outgrown, or, on a brighter more hopeful note: perhaps shrunken out of-! So on the appointed night, we would gather with some old, but nice offerings to give away. In the meantime, I had to run the gauntlet at home. My…

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My Comb

Never let it be said that I don’t bring my readers the most riveting of social commentary. I mean, if Solomon could speak of the wisdom of ants and consider how they are organized and work diligently compared to some human beings, well then, I might be able to make observations about… things as diverse…

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Trapped at 30,000 Feet

If your summertime travel plans include plane flights to Paris, Punjab or Peru, I might have a few high-altitude travel tips for you. Try not to breathe any of the recirculated air which is deadly. Wear a surgical mask for those moments when you feel you must breathe. Try not to touch any aircraft bathroom…

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Monday Mottoes – #95

Charleston is a very special city. A microcosm of rich and poor, black and white, students and professionals, tourists and locals, all casually cross paths in what’s been known for centuries as the Holy City. Referring to its Catholic roots, houses of worship proliferate including Protestant churches and Jewish synagogues. But of late, Charleston’s citizens…

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Me and My Gym Buddies

I’m old enough to be their mother. Oh, actually, I am Petya’s mother…. And the others—well, I know their mothers, lol. But rather than go to the gym with other middle-aged women, I make my way there once a week with these young guys. We meet around 9:30 pm with me staying for all of…

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Monday Mottoes – #94

Obstacles in life occur to most all of us. We have a dream or destination in mind and everything and everyone conspires against our arriving there. Doesn’t it seem like that some days? It’s been said, “I can’t seem to win for losing.” So to fight back against any defeatist thoughts, we keep in mind…

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In Search of a White Shirt

It’s not easy being a woman in a conservative world. Most of us wear pretty much what we want, when we want. We have some leeway as to color, cut and creativity. Yet, when it comes to certain events, positions or situations, a suit and white shirt is the way to go. And so, I…