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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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Phoneless and Homeless

The family headed out for a one-day getaway in honor of our oldest son’s upcoming 20th birthday. Hot on the heels of the successful meeting of my deadline, I was beyond exhausted, but happy. Leaving the house before dawn, we packed up the troops on our way between Point A and Point B… in order…

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Monday Mottoes – #158

Following with interest the story of Israel Kristal, age 113, who will be celebrating his belated bar mitzvah, one century later, got me to thinking. How do people spring back after being knocked down time and time and again? Growing up in what would become Poland, Kristal was motherless when his father went to fight…

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My Adult Merit Badges

I was never a girl scout. Adventuresome, yes. Athletic, yes. Lots of field trips and fun, cooking, crafts and friendships, yes. But, merit badges? No. Think of all the fun that could have been! I went to the girl scout site. It appears that the awards are called “badges”. My dad and brother were part…

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AmeriMama Lures Pregnant Russians

With headlines blazing, I thought for a moment this was a program for pregnant Russian women to give birth in America… in order for Americans to adopt Russian babies-! Now there’s an idea to skirt Russian anti-American adoption laws. But instead, it’s a scheme whereby Russian women come to a New Jersey hospital to receive…

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A Fishy Business

So Petya, who is in university year-round, enjoys a month off every three months. Finishing up a couple of very big research papers, he’s ready for a break. And he wants to go fishing. This is a pull deep in the Russian soul, the desire to fish and to eat fish. It might be on…

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Turning Around Your Mood

It might be your kids, your coworker, your mate or your mother-in-law. Some folks are always out-of-control, flying off the handle, becoming angry or staying depressed. They never seem to be in charge of their emotions. They act or react without even thinking that the same patterns may be stopped. Immediately. Without a whole lot…

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On Boyfriends & Girlfriends

Our kids don’t date. They range between from 20 years old later this month, to 16 years old next month. With four teens in the house, hormones are sure to run high. All the more reason why not to date, lol. It’s not that we’re against dating. No, I take that back. Who am I…

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Our Scotties & Their Doggy Sleep Positions

It’s only a matter of time. Somebody’s got to design a doggy-adjustable sleep bed. I mean, the canines have needs, judging from their nighttime gyrations, not to mention how they sleep in the middle of the day. Look, Grisha is on his back, growling and wrestling! Now Misha is stretching out and taking up half…

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Teaching Adoptees & Rescue Dogs How to Share

It’s often an uphill battle when a newly-adopted child or rescue dog comes home. But stick with it and new attitudes and behaviors may be taught. The point is, when a child or a new family pet understands that there are more than enough resources such as food or toys to go around, much of…

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Research Paper Checklist

On the younger side of the spectrum, we have three high schoolers from tenth to twelfth grade. They need to improve on their basic research and response papers. The fact that they came from Russia at later ages and that we continue to retain their Russian can work against them at times. But we work…