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Wild Women and Our Boys

Apparently, our teen boys are chick magnets. The fact that they don’t date has nothing to do with it, at least not that I can figure out. While I can understand possibly admiring a guy from afar, there are some pretty aggressive young ladies out there these days…. “What happened?” I asked my husband. “Apparently…

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Learning to Drive… in Other Languages

Our kids continue to study Russian Lite throughout the year. I take them through the paces, the key to our limited success being that we need dialogs which will engage them. In college, you can use the normal, “What are you studying?” and “Do you live in the dorm?”, but for now, we need more…

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Preparing for Papa’s Roadtrip

Benedetto must go away for a day to tend to some business. Problem is, he leaves after addressing an evening meeting, drives all night, tends to his matters the next morning, and then drives back. As any family would worry about an overworked loved one, we try to see that he gets as much sleep…

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When Adoption Doesn’t Work

Some adoptions don’t work. Just like some marriages don’t work. And often, you get a package, two-for-one deal. My inbox is full of those who have no one who believes them. The toddler/ teen/ young adult is a terror on wheels, and often one spouse never sees it. The smirks, the backtalk, the violence… always…

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Scotties Who Survey Their Kingdom

It was a very rainy day. Very rainy. So rainy that I didn’t want to go out and play. When the deluge finally subsided, I decided to stay on the back steps and survey my kingdom, but not put one paw onto the soggy yard. So here I sit, sniffing, enjoying, blinking beneath my bushy…

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The Green Card Interview

Foreign friends surround me and many have reported horrific experiences for their Green Card interview with the U.S. Government. Well, that day finally arrived for a girlfriend who’s been in America for over 25 years. All she wanted was to be legal. No, she didn’t walk across the Mexican border. That would have been much…

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Crockpot Coq au Vin

My husband and I were raised in families that loved to read. Some family members poured over big books, others loved to leaf through catalogs and cookbooks. This proved to be a wonderful way to relax and gain inspiration. Benedetto’s interest in eating various cuisines extends to cooking the foods, as well. So, as a…

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A Pet’s Passing

I am thankful for every day we enjoy with Misha and Grisha, our amazing black Scottish Terriers. They are big love machines with little guy bodies on sturdy legs, happy to run, eat, and sleep. And of course do their big business, which they’ve been doing a lot of in recent days, but that’s another…

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Letting Out the Leash

It’s a principle that may be used in training humans or animals: letting out the leash. In the beginning, the child or the puppy is kept on a short leash, speaking figuratively, not literally. And yes, I have glimpsed kids on actual leashes and been horrified by the sight, so let’s not even go there-!…

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Our Girl’s Good News

We’ve been chatting with the kids about summer jobs. Granted, half the summer is over, but still, they can dream. Their ages are 17.5, 17.5, 16, and 13.5, two boys, two girls, all who arrived from Russia at older ages. The first boy is headed to college in the fall, the second boy is entering…

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