web analytics

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…!

Homeschooling & Education


Connecting Character Traits with Careers

Since we’re on a roll with career counselling in the Bartologimignano household, I thought you might like to hear more. Hold the applause, please. When our kids are stuck and can’t seem to understand what they should be doing—whether past, present or future—I have a new approach. I ask them what they would counsel someone…


FAS and Career Possibilities

Our second son, Pasha, is stuck. At 18 years old, he plays catch-up in school, making up for lost time in the Russian orphanage. He still has a couple of years in high school, yet the young man lacks all ambition and aim. Most likely it’s due to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, meaning, a birthmother who…


Monday Mottoes – #90

Two people go through the exact, same experience. One sees it as a growth opportunity; the other sees it as harmful and destructive. How we internally and verbally frame situations and circumstances determines how we build our lives, similar to framing a building. This gives it shape. And we can shape our lives to a…


Research Paper Procrastination

I must be out of my mind. For some reason I’m in grad school in my spare time. I have no spare time. I didn’t have any time before, and I certainly don’t have any now. And at this rate, I may emerge from grad school at the age of 105. Part-time school means that…


Russians and Ice Cream

Russians love ice cream, that’s all there is to it. They will eat it in the summer and winter, and that’s really something when you consider a raging Russian winter…. They will consume the pre-packaged Eskimo variety, or the soft-serve in a cone. Today, I took my kids over to FunRussian.com online where Viktoria told…


Archaeology Exam Prep

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” it’s not. Popular TV shows on treasure-hunting-as-archaeology it’s not. In addition to my son’s undergraduate and my graduate studies, in our spare time we’re studying with a local archaeological program Focused on lab, field, and survey, it’s soon going to be time for exams. And study, we must. Never mind…


Monday Mottoes – #88

Self-image is a biggie. How you perceive yourself has a lot to do with how far you go in life, as long as you’re willing to put hands and feet to your vision. But it starts with being able to picture yourself in a role. Perhaps no one in your family ever attained a higher…


Life of Fred

It’s hysterical, whimsical, delightful and practical. “Life of Fred” is an elementary level math program on steroids with high school language arts, as well. Its entertainment value stems from its eccentricity, written by Stan Schmidt, Ph.D, and his books’ main protagonist, Fred Gauss, born on the western slopes of the Siberian mountains. Professor Schmidt doesn’t…


The Wonder of Watercolor

Our second son, Pasha, has artistic talent. We encourage him to develop and use his gifts. He’s creating some Mother’s Day art that’s rather beautiful and together, we wanted to see his watercolor technique grow. I located a Russian watercolor artist online who explained her technique. Gathering the whole family, I insisted amidst moans and…


Reality Shows I’d Like to See

We all know the winning combo of winning reality shows on TV: Big characters. One-of-a-kind personalities. Access to places or situations we would otherwise not see. But that’s where our ways part. Recently, many reality shows have gone down the freak show pathway. The more bizarre and outlandish they are, the better, it seems. I’d…

The Daily Dilbert