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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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My Scholarly Talk on Terrorism

I’ve been asked to give a scholarly talk, a lecture among intelligentsia. I giggle and laugh nervously to myself as I read the e-mail invitation. It’s a rather specialized topic, comparing ancient terrorism and propaganda with modern-day attempts at the same. Really not that unusual at all. This remains the cheapest way to wage war….

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Group Activities for Adopted Children

When newly-adopted, often children long for friends. That’s normal and to be expected. Unfortunately, those arriving from domestic or international situations generally do not know how to read local social situations. The kids can easily be preyed-upon by unsavory elements. In my opinion, this is why placing adopted children into school immediately remains less than…

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52 Final Hours…

I finished my deadline project with 52 hours to spare. After months and months of work, the final touches are yet to be added, but I’m pretty much done. Exhausted, happy and exhausted. Did I say exhausted? The brain is fairly fried. I continue sending the wrong texts to the wrong persons while undertaking multi-person…

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Monday Mottoes – #123

Education need not be complex to be excellent, in my opinion. My husband and I believe in advanced degrees and lifelong learning and teaching our children every opportunity we have. That’s not so different from hundreds of years ago when education was serious and minds well-exercised. Today I’m considering John Wesley, an Anglican minister, who…

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Of Detours and Deadlines

Working, working, working non-stop. One of the biggest deadlines of my life. Feeling a bit nervous, but cranking it out. Nine-day countdown and it would be best to get it done before then. Camping out in one of our homes while the family is at the other one. Bless you, Benedetto. I cannot concentrate with…

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Happy New Year: Making Teachable Moments

Whether you’re a bio-parent or an adoptive-parent, holidays can prove to be rough. Different schedules leading to children’s dysregulation (if not parents’ dysregulation!) result. How to keep from going over the edge? I like to schedule down-time for the kids to unwind over the winter break, while not allowing them to totally veg-out. That’s when…

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Celebrating the Season with ZooLights-!

Here’s a fabulous holiday treat for those living in or visiting the DC/MD/VA area between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo, located in uptown Washington, DC, on Connecticut Avenue, NW, hosts an annual light display with more than 500,000 eco-friendly LED lights. It’s free, and it’s open from 5:00-9:00 pm most every night…

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Monday Mottoes – #119

I’ve heard it said, “Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated.” For most of us, we hope to make a contribution to the world around us and if others applaud our efforts, so much the better. Yet, in certain cases, what would happen if the wrong ones celebrate us and we take our cue from…

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Hezekiah Says Hello 2,800 Years Later

Yes, it’s true, Biblical archaeologists are all a-twitter: a bulla or impression from the King of Judah’s seal has been identified. Discovered in situ in Jerusalem in 2009, it’s translation is finally official: it’s Hezekiah’s. Dr. Eilat Mazar of The Hebrew University and director of the excavations at the Ophel Ridge in the City of…

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Kudos to this College President

Educational circles have been simmering and stirring for months, if not years. Only now, certain mindsets and worldview are increasingly in the news. And the times, they are a-changin’. In September, The Atlantic magazine carried an article called, “The Coddling of the American Mind” highlighting how college students could no longer countenance difficult words or…