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Monday Mottoes – #221

Most of us like to hear of battles won overnight, whether it’s a fight for the corner office waged by someone doing very little, yet who has the eye or the ear of the boss, versus another employee who accomplishes amazing feats, while earning little recognition. It might be the struggle against ISIS, with the…

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Facebook Damaging Society?

Think it through: social media’s goal is to help people interact more with each other, either for purely social or business purposes. That’s happening. Yet now, I’m reading more and more about users pulling the plug. In many ways, I don’t blame them. I know people who have married (disastrously) through the internet, who have…

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Counterproductive “Days of Rage”

And so the Palestinians are rioting. What else is new? This is their default switch, their bottom line to which they return time and again. A bottom line is not a good place to live. I recall attending intensive Hebrew school when living in Jerusalem. It was time to beef up the lingua and move…

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And Then There Were Four… Wisdom Tooth Diary

Our kids from Russia have been through it. They arrived as preteens with all sorts of dental issues. Our youngest, Sashenka, had 21 cavities. Since that time, around turning 18 years of age, each required the extraction of all four wisdom teeth. We’re down to the last one. Sashenka just turned 17 and has been…

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Monday Mottoes – #218

I hope your Thanksgiving was full of great times with family and friends. Or, quiet and peaceful. Or, adventuresome and action-packed-! There’s something for everyone when you set out with the right intentions for your situation. Sometimes, you need to simply target what you really want or what would really work for your personality and…

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Monday Mottoes – #217

It’s Thanksgiving week, a great time of year, however, not not a time for big announcements nor the settling of family feuds. Just because you may be gathering in person with family and friends, this would not be a time to let any bombs drop. A non-holiday time might be a better opportunity to update…

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Prepping for 100 Potential Family Questions

Part II of family gatherings, lol. The questions, the questions. The comments, oy, the comments! These are the items that would test the patience of Job. You get together with extended family and the inquiring minds start up. Be prepared, people, but recognize that, with a new generation, much of the prying and prodding hopefully…

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The Joyful Pressures of a Holiday Family Gathering

It’s a shame that so many families live far from one another. These days, it often takes a funeral or a family gathering to get folks together, up close and personal. Often, too close, kind of “in your face”. I mean, where else would you learn whether or not your cousin eats like a truck…

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Reminiscences of the Russian Revolution

October 1917 is a date that will go down in history for much longer than the past 100 years. Only it wasn’t October. The October Revolution, or the Bolshevik Revolution, actually happened in November 1917 due to the Julian calendar used at that time in Russia. How might I have reminiscences of this event? Contrary…

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When Travel Turns Tragic

Believe me, I know that terrible things might transpire when traveling the world. Did I ever tell you about the time when three elderly Chinese women, puffing on opium pipes, wrinkled like a raisin-skinned snake about ready to shed its skin, tried to jump me? But I digress…. I was young and naive, taking a…