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Monday Mottoes – #96

As everyone knows, it’s possible for things to take a turn for the worse. My son, Petya, and I had prepared for our archaeological lab test, part of a state certification program, reported to last approximately two hours. In we went to face the music. Seven-and-a-half hours later, it was over. Exhausted, drained, semi-elated… we…


Study Stress on the Homefront

Petya and I are experiencing a bit of stress this week. Final exams for a state archaeological certification program in a nearby state loom large. It all started because he was interested at the age of 15 and I was simply his driver to different digs, labs and field surveys. Then somehow, I became involved,…


Happy 75th Anniversary, Archaeological Society of Virginia!

This past weekend, the Archaeological Society of Virginia celebrated its 75th anniversary. Coinciding with the auspicious occasion was the added commemoration of 10 years of headquartering at Kittiewan Plantation, the Colonial home of Dr. William Rickman, head surgeon of the Continental Army in Virginia, constructed 1770-1790 and occupied by Union Army in June 1864. My…


Three Outstanding Students

This month, I’ve enjoyed hearing success stories about young people who are outstanding students. In other words, they stand out in the crowd. One is a new immigrant to the US from Sri Lanka, the next one’s parents immigrated here from India, and the third is a homegrown African-American. Each is brilliant in his own…


Help for Troubled Teens

Summer is almost upon us. Multiplied families struggle with teens who have issues. And they dread the summer when schedules become less structured and problems grow more serious. If the young people are not in school—where are they? Did they show up for the summer job, or did they go to a friend’s house? Who’s…


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…

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