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The Paralysis of Analysis: Mashenka’s Future

Our daughter’s “custom-made future” that I wrote about less than two weeks ago has bitten the dust. We had a good talk, I gave her a simple gameplan, what else she might research and possible next steps to take. No pressure, nothing forced upon her, I imagined I was following her expressed interests. And then…

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Target’s $20 Million Learning Curve

Ah yes, upside-down and inside-out. Some twist and turn so much in an effort not to cry “Uncle!” and give up… that it becomes an even more ludicrous waste of time and money. Witness this summer’s slump in sales at the once-great Target, whose sales and stock plummeted in light of its transgender bathrooms and…

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Mashenka’s Custom-Made Future

Her eyes gazed into mine as we sat on the couch together. Mashenka, our 18-year-old daughter, was facing her senior year in high school with absolutely no idea of what to do with the rest of her life. Graduate high school – yes; beyond that – blank canvas. She had enough people praying for her…

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My Needy Scottie, Misha

Sometimes my big baby Scottish Terrier, Misha, needs his mommy. The other day, I was turning in to bed and I heard a jingling outside my upstairs door. Misha. Now, mind you, Misha and Grisha are not allowed upstairs near the bedrooms in our one house. However, at the dacha, they can come and go…

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Monday Mottoes – #152

Look at that sweet doggy face. He stares up at you, waiting, longing to get a response. He nuzzles into your leg or stretches across your lap, luxuriant in sleep, twitching and running free in his dreams. He lets you pick him up, cradle him like a baby, dress him in a coat, brush his…

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Women in Danger Worldwide

It’s dangerous out there, people, and particularly dangerous for women in a whole lot of the world. Things are not getting better, and if anything, becoming worse in an ever-widening swath on the globe. In an election year, there’s a need for decisive steps to save our country and those elsewhere requiring help. It’s not…

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Free Land in Russia

A couple of weeks ago, a friend sent a news article announcing free land in Russia. Could it be true? Yes, if you were a Russian citizen and felt the pioneering spirit, you could sign up for the latest in Russian-good-ideas-gone-bad. The Russian president approved the scheme whereby one hectare (2.5 acres) would be given…

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Signs of Summer

Personally, I’m in the midst of a number of special projects this summer, similar to mergers and acquisitions, time-consuming and not at all allowing me to move forward in other, vital areas. I barely know that it’s summer, other than my now-becoming-sporadic daily power walk. So today, I am recounting the highlights of summer and…

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Four Weeks Petya-Free

We are more than midway through and actually nearing the end of the month-long leave of absence our oldest son took from his job… and his university studies… and us. Volunteering as a camp counselor, I hear he’s heading out for whitewater rafting early in the morning. He sneaks the occasional text to us once…

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Monday Mottoes – #149

My husband recently likened raising children to growing a garden. Unless we weed it, feed it and water it, it won’t grow. Same with kids: let them do anything they want and you won’t get much good fruit. That is not a popular view these days, it seems. Walk into any public space— a store,…