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Connecting Character Traits with Careers

Since we’re on a roll with career counselling in the Bartologimignano household, I thought you might like to hear more. Hold the applause, please. When our kids are stuck and can’t seem to understand what they should be doing—whether past, present or future—I have a new approach. I ask them what they would counsel someone…


FAS and Career Possibilities

Our second son, Pasha, is stuck. At 18 years old, he plays catch-up in school, making up for lost time in the Russian orphanage. He still has a couple of years in high school, yet the young man lacks all ambition and aim. Most likely it’s due to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, meaning, a birthmother who…


My Daughter’s Parisian Birthday

Our oldest daughter, Mashenka, turned 17 last week. We’re still just now recovering, lol. Since she and another of the kids are studying French in addition to their other languages, I thought it might be fun to have a Parisian theme. Basically, we went with every cliché in the book. I baked her a marble…


Monday Mottoes – #89

Mother’s Day has come and gone. The fact that I spent much of it in a tropical storm, for a few hours with my loving family and then whoosh! they were off! made it interesting to say the least. You can’t argue with peace and quiet. I couldn’t argue with a dozen dark pink roses,…


Mother’s Day Gifts

I have to laugh. I’m not sure that I fit any motherly gift-giving profile: the Geek Mom, the Crafty Mom, the Gourmet Mom, the Musical Mom, the New Mom, the Grand-Mom. I don’t need chocolates nor alcohol, jewelry is always nice, but it was just my birthday. Statistically, women say that they want a meal…


Pasha Meets His Sugar Match

I thought I would never see the day. Yet it has come. Pasha, our second 18-year-old, said no to sugar. Last week, he had his wisdom teeth surgically extracted. This, just two months after our first 18-year-old, Petya, had his removed and during whose recovery Pasha made multiplied taunting comments. “Can’t have a burger, can…


Talking About Travel is a Trip in Itself

Just because Benedetto and I have traveled the world, our three youngest kids suddenly think they know everything about international travel. My husband was laughing about travel e-mails he receives for low-cost trips to various foreign destinations and how he couldn’t believe some of the affordable prices. “Possible…” I suggested. “The Dollar is higher than…


The Beauty of a Family

There, by the side of the highway, a small drainage ditch tributary gently ran in a trickling stream with a family of swans navigating it. The intrepid father, called a cob, led the way. The mother, a pen, followed farther back, leading the babies, a flock of cygnets. Yep, that’s what you call baby swans:…


A Whole Bunch of Housewares

Tchochkes. Knickknacks. Small trivial articles intended for decoration. I guess we have enough of these to stock ten houses. They amuse me. Yet, over the years, our homes have become a bit too eclectic, lacking definition. So I’ve put a hold on buying anything for quite some time. The old “less is more”.  Or probably,…


Monday Mottoes – #85

You might be a man or woman, an employee, a parent, a spouse or a friend. Somewhere along the journey of life, something has gone wrong. Boundaries have been crossed, whether verbally or physically, creating great angst and debilitation. Why are you the target? Do you need to stand up for yourself? Do you need…

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