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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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CoverGirl’s CoverBoy: No, No, No

This is disturbing on so many levels. Do men use cosmetics? Yes, upon occasion. I have no problem acknowledging that a guy could need a moisturizer. He may have a blemish that requires a coverup. If he’s in the public eye, a bronzer might give him a healthy glow. For television appearances, light powder would…

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Back to the Happy, Happy, Happy Kitchen

Due to our great kids who have somehow been coerced into active service, our urban-kitchen-turned-Italian-country has returned to its rightful roots. The sleek, gray-and-silver room over which I slaved for some time, turned out to be too blah and bleak for our tastes. We decided to go back to a brighter color scheme, landing squarely…

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Lost & Found in the Junk Room

When you travel a lot, just about any room in the house can easily turn into a junk room. Our second oldest son, Pasha, and I, decided to tackle it together. Double the fun and double the help. And, as often happens when tackling such a room, many old things turn up. “There you are!”…

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Diamonds, Polkadots and Kitchen Rehab Disaster

Friends of mine have handymen on retainers. These guys are wonderful workmen who are so awesome, they often stay to eat dinner with the family. When they decide to jet off to Eastern Europe to see their own aging parents, our friends are left high and dry. Or hot and cold. One family did not…

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Solo Train Rides for Teens-?

Our oldest son was 18 years old last summer (almost 19) when we sent him on a train to NYC, where he was gathering with other teens to take a van to upstate NY to serve as a camp counselor for a month. He had flown to NYC the summer before, at age 17, running…

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We Are Now Legal Homeschoolers

Illegal immigrants, illegal workers, illegal earnings… illegal homeschoolers. Every year we try to comply with the rules and regulations given for homeschooling families in our area, knowing that only about 10% of those who educate their children at home ever register with the government. In a city with a whole lot of government going on,…

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Monday Mottoes – #165

My family seems to think that when I’m not working, I should be working. For them. Constantly. Without ceasing. Sigh. Write their research papers. Okay, proofread their research papers which end up with enough red ink that makes me thinking of squeezing blood out of a turnip…. And do 101 tasks that they seem incapable…

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Basic Types of Adoptees & Their Issues

It may go without saying, yet we must state the obvious: becoming available for adoption means that something bad has happened. A parent died, a caregiver proved unsuitable for meeting basic needs, the child was found by the authorities to have been starved/abused/neglected/living in squalor, or any of a host of other horrific issues. There…

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“I’m Not Ashamed” Movie

We interrupt this two-part mini-series on adopted children, to give everyone a heads-up for a great weekend movie, “I’m Not Ashamed” by PureFlix. Rated PG-13, it follows the real-life story of Rachel Joy Scott, a young Christian high school student, shot and killed during the Columbine High School attacks of 1999. The two student neo-Nazi…

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Why Do Adopted Kids Turn Out Bad?

Whenever a new horror film is released, an anti-social, demon-possessed adoptee often figures prominently in a feature role. Is this fair? Is this accurate? Does this demonstrate many adoptive families’ experiences? Yes and no. Your mileage may vary. We can say that there is just as much likelihood of a biological child going astray as…