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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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Monday Mottoes – #146

It was Father’s Day. A time when dads basked in their children’s love. Usually. If you raised them right. If they went along with the program. If everyone minded their p’s and q’s. Whatever that means along the lines today of minding one’s manners. Apparently it comes from the English pub life of the 17th…

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My Son’s Job Offer… for Me

Our oldest son, Petya, has worked at the same office for almost five years, beginning when he was 15 years old and volunteering. They offered him paid employment about a year into his part-time stint and then steady raises. He began as the King of Shredding and Photocopying, progressed into organizing their library, sending donor-acknowledgment…

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While The Cat’s Away…

(From your correspondent, Benedetto, while my wife wings her way back to the US…) Alexandra is traveling and working in Europe and  the Middle East, while I hold down the home front. My days fill with work and children, cooking and cleaning, work and children, and more cooking. Don’t forget the two dogs.  I alternate…

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Thriving, Not Surviving

You’ve heard it said that whatever doesn’t kill you, strengthens you. I’m not so sure about that. There must be a step in there that has been edited out. I don’t like the idea of runaway kids, divorce, abusive relationships, bankruptcy, being let go from your job, etc., because that kind of stuff can knock…

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Our Girls & the Transgender Restroom

The one time we turn our back. Occasionally, occasionally, I as a mother have stuff to do. Like run empires on several continents, etc. This time, my husband was multi-tasking while our whole family was out and about. I stepped into one establishment, while he went to get gas and snacks with the kids and…

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Monday Mottoes – #142

When embarking on the path of life, many of us face opposition. It may be on the way to the corner office, on the way to the altar, on the way to achieve our life’s dream. Obstacles and detours and detractors loom large, at times. Some seem to even relish and revel in their attempts…

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Mashenka’s 18th Birthday

This is not how I wanted it to go down. Let me say that. Let me repeat that. Unfortunate things happened and I could not be there, despite my best efforts. It was Mashenka’s 18th birthday and I was going to be MIA. Not good. Like it or not, everything revolved around me: I would…

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Monday Mottoes – #141

Are you a responsible person? By that, I don’t mean do you pay your bills on time, do you file your taxes, put in a full day’s work, tell the truth, etc.? Instead, let’s focus for a moment on this: do you take responsibility for who you are and the feelings you create around you?…

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Out to the Wild… Sans Scotties

Heading out to the field for a couple of days. Not sure if there will be any internet. I will keep you posted, possibly by smoke signals. Pray that my Scotties survive without me. They may twitch and mumble in their sleep, but they will still be dreaming of me. Everyone should have such loyal…

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Monday Mottoes #140

Many are the thoughts and ruminations when it comes to Mother’s Day. For some, it’s a happy celebration, for others, bittersweet with the consideration of their own struggle to conceive or their own mother’s passing…. For many, it’s a realization that there are no days off, even Mother’s Day, lol. Which brings us to today’s…