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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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The Tricky Side of Meeting the Mentally Ill

Our family ventures out and about to a wide variety of of events. We meet and greet those who are older, younger, different ethnicities, professional backgrounds and educational levels. I talk with the kids about conversing with people who may not be their cup of tea, not to overlook those who are a bit unusual….

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Freezing Off Fat

Let’s just say I’m a woman of diverse interests. While North Korea rattles sabers and missiles and Hawaii issues warnings over brain-invading parasites otherwise known as rat lungworm disease, I have other issues to investigate. An e-mail comes into my inbox, I know not why: A spring sale on Coolsculpting, you know, the process by…

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Feeling Blue Lately…

How many shades of blue are there? I have a home decorating project—not really for me— long story there— for which I cannot get the right shade of blue. First, it was turquoise (unavailable), then royal blue (grabbed a couple of couches that could be fun), then all that was in stock was teal blue…

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Monday Mottoes – #184

Ageism is alive and well in many industries and organizations. Either you’re too young to be taken seriously and found to be lacking in experience, or you possess a long resume that requires tweaking so it doesn’t read, “Over 100 years of experience in…”! The point is, employers want to know that you’re current, that…

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Should Leggings Be Legal?

I read a very insightful opinion piece on the latest controversy fanning Twitter flames: the denying of boarding to three United Airline passengers from Denver to Minneapolis, attempting to fly on “company benefit travel” which apparently has a dress code. The two adults and one child, or two girls, a 10-year-old, or two teen girls,…

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Monday Mottoes – #183

In my way of thinking, employees and people in general fall into two camps: conscientious and unconscious. I say employees because if you’re an employer, you usually fall or climb into the first group, or else you don’t stay an employer for long. It always amazes me how deadlines, in my opinion, are hard and…

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The Scary Realities of Sleep Deprivation

Studies came out almost four years ago about the effect of sleep deprivation on performance: it was similar to being drunk. Some said, even more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. That’s heady stuff. That’s scary stuff. I’ve been trying to get more sleep than I used to and doing a good job of it. However,…

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Attactive, Sealed Bomb Shelters of War

The Festival of Purim, based on the Scroll of Esther in the Bible, happens this weekend. It commemorates the victory of the Jewish people over their Persian enemies in the year 356 BC. In modern terms, the holiday takes me back to 1991, living in Jerusalem and having come through the multiple missile attacks of…

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The Bound Mummy

Everything is “going” in my body. I’m still the picture of health… but I’ve decided I need to be wrapped up like a mummy. My knee has been hurting recently ever since I fell on some steps. There’s stiffness and it feels as though my knee shattered. Maybe it did. Yet, to wear a bandage…

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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…