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Trapped at 30,000 Feet

If your summertime travel plans include plane flights to Paris, Punjab or Peru, I might have a few high-altitude travel tips for you. Try not to breathe any of the recirculated air which is deadly. Wear a surgical mask for those moments when you feel you must breathe. Try not to touch any aircraft bathroom…


At the Jewish Deli

It’s the end of the school year. Somewhat. Our kids still have a few odds and ends to finish up, such is the nature of homeschool. You don’t finish, you don’t finish. In any event, the days are getting longer, shall we say, and the search for summer jobs is on with a couple of…


Putin’s Propaganda Trolls

Rumors have abounded for years. Putin pays people to like him and his government. If you can’t win friends the legitimate way…. Hopefully, his government is paying these social media whizzes, a few that have tried to comment on this humble blog, because the Russian president needs to protect his own private net worth estimated…


The Destroy-the-Duggars Juggernaut

I’m not sure I want to address this. My persuasion is that sexual abuse of any kind borders on the horrific. It’s bad, violating both the perpetrator and the victim. What are the allegations against Josh Duggar, 27-year-old husband and soon father-to-four? Apparently, when he was 14 years old, he fondled some of the other…


Russian Rumblings & Mumblings at Pravda

The Russian joke used to go that “There is no Pravda in Izvestiya and there is no Izvestiya in Pravda,” naming two Russian newspapers and translated, “There is no truth in the news and there is no news in the truth.” Today’s version of Pravda pretty much confirms that. Not that the news is purely…


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…


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…


My Daughter’s Parisian Birthday

Our oldest daughter, Mashenka, turned 17 last week. We’re still just now recovering, lol. Since she and another of the kids are studying French in addition to their other languages, I thought it might be fun to have a Parisian theme. Basically, we went with every cliché in the book. I baked her a marble…


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…


Mouth-Watering English

A tantalizing fragrance filled the house. Something delightful for dinner was in the oven.  Our youngest, Sashenka, aged 14.5, tried to guess what it might be. The kids’ English still lacked in 101 ways, speaking like my grandmother, straight off the boat from Russia. Often, I refused to help them, making them work for words…

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