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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…!

Homeschooling & Education

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High School Homeschool Graduation

The end of an era. Pasha, 20, and Mashenka, 19, were graduating from high school. Nine years and eight years prior, both had arrived from Russia, woefully behind in their studies. Attending Russian internats, the orphanage boarding schools, most adults acknowledged that a quality education was not a top priority for kids who would most…

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The Family Woman and the Professional Woman

The family woman and the professional woman: and never the twain shall meet. And neither shall either be “enough”. Trying to balance “it all” and have “it all”, well, good luck with that. There’s always going to be something that gets the short end of the stick. Often, that could be you. Notice, I did…

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Monday Mottoes – #196

A lot of transitions occurring at our house. Everybody is involved in some sort of change— a couple of them being pushed and pulled into the future and others leaping their way there. It’s all in the mindset, I’m convinced of it. The fact is, everybody is capable. Either find a niche where you naturally…

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Semi-Adult Children Who Desperately Need Guidance

Two young men in their twenties have recently hit international news headlines and it’s not for helping little old ladies across the street. Though vastly different, their stories are similar in their tragic nature. Two men on the cusp of adulthood, their futures cut short through the poor choices executed. Now, as a parent of…

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Mrs. Trump Comes to Washington

Just is case you’ve been vacationing in Lower Slobovia and haven’t heard the news: FLOTUS and son have joined POTUS to reside at The White House in Washington, DC. Yes, the First Lady is coming home to roost. I am acquainted with many in the city, but I don’t know Mrs. Trump, yet. So allow…

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Monday Mottoes – #194

Everyone has a lot to accomplish, between work and family, leisure and upkeep of homes or cars. These things take time, not to mention community or volunteer obligations. So much vies for our attention, even in our careers, how do we maintain our focus? I have friends who laugh at me because I can multitask…

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On Stock Trading and Dog Walking

There’s some scary stuff going on in suburban basements across America these days. It mostly involves young people trying to grow up and find careers, but not knowing exactly how to do so. A percentage have college degrees, but many have only partial schooling. They have grown up with a sense of entitlement, that life…

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Monday Mottoes – #189

As Mother’s Day approaches, I read over quotes that span from sentimental to morbid. Everybody’s got something to say about mothers and our crowd definitely inspires strong emotions one way or another. Mothers: love ‘em or leave ‘em. There seems to be no sentiments in-between. If you were to ask me, every day should be…

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The Big Business Side of Homeschooling

Not all homeschoolers are wealthy. After all, these parent(s) are, for the most part, staying home with their children. Some may be crazy like us, travel the world, take the kids along with them and help them learn along the way. But that’s not the norm. So this blog is not about companies making millions…

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Historic Art Curation

How did I find myself seated in a historic plantation home’s gorgeous paneled room dating from the eighteenth century, before the American Revolution, and working on a collection of fine art? I had been called into service as an art historian, or more particularly as a curator of historic frames. Never mind that I possessed…