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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…!



Do You Believe?

As Passover and Easter approach, it seems like a rather legitimate question: do you believe? And thus, Pure Flix has unveiled its latest movie offering on the big screen of theaters near you, entitled, Do You Believe? For those not in the know or flow, it’s a Christian movie (the big cross in all of…


Monday Mottoes – #83

Embarrassment is highly overrated, in my opinion. There are many tasks and trials undertaken every day for which we are not suited. But do them, we must. Do them to the best of our ability and forget about agonizing over it. A friend had a heart episode over the weekend. It was late at night…


Monday Mottoes – #82

Recently, I’ve perused quotes and opinions about balancing the many aspects of life. They range from suggesting we give up before even trying to balance the disparate parts, to encouraging that we give it our best shot because all of it matters so very much. Each of them in some way makes sense to me….


Seven Reality-of-Life Tips

1. You care more than anyone else. Don’t expect others to rescue you, carry you, reason with you, nor support you. Except maybe your mother, particularly when you’re young. Eventually, others will get tired. Then you will be alone again. You must care for yourself and aim to be the best you can be. Because…


Monday Mottoes – #81

Today is the day! But you have to believe it. Now, we all know that I could believe that I am an astronaut and it wouldn’t make it so, yet often our belief systems hold us back. We might think of others as having more connections, more breaks in life, more education, more experience, more…


Terrorists Claiming the Hearts & Minds of a Generation

It baffles the mind, it really does. Why would suburban teens and twentysomethings from other countries rally to join the bloody rampage of ISIS? Too many videogames where virtual enemies are happily snuffed out by warm and well-fed young people? I would argue that most everyone was created to live for something. Or fall for…


Monday Mottoes – #80

Here’s hoping that the snows are pretty much over, International Day of the Woman has come and gone, the clocks have sprung forward, and it’s time for change. The sunshine’s warm rays encourage us that anything is possible. No matter what the time of year, no matter what the weather (apart from downpours and deluges),…


What is Purim & Why It Matters

The Jewish holiday of Purim is little known in the world-at-large, yet its significance is massive. In 586 BC, the Jewish people had their Temple in Jerusalem destroyed by the invading armies of King Nebuchadnezzar. Years later, Babylon falls to the Medes and Persians. Living in captivity and exile in Babylon and Persia (modern-day Iran…


The News was Greatly Exaggerated

The day had come. After months of snowstorms, and other delays, my command performance with my doctor had arrived. She wanted to see me. She was concerned. I won’t go into all of the details, but she was not the only one concerned. When I finally presented myself in the office, the receptionists informed me…


The Art of Marriage

I’m sitting in a marriage seminar as I type. As a matter of fact, I’m helping to lead the series of six meetings, which we’ve spread over two action-packed nights. Truth be told, not a lot of couples have time to focus on their marriage. Until there are issues. Problems. Kids. Bills. Sickness. Careers. Differing…

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