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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…!



Signs of Summer

Personally, I’m in the midst of a number of special projects this summer, similar to mergers and acquisitions, time-consuming and not at all allowing me to move forward in other, vital areas. I barely know that it’s summer, other than my now-becoming-sporadic daily power walk. So today, I am recounting the highlights of summer and…


Your Life’s Sentence

Don’t get me wrong, not a life sentence, but your life’s sentence. That’s something different. What will sum up the focus and accomplishments of your life? Where are you aiming? What do you want? Claire Boothe Luce, American author and politician, once said that a great person’s life could be summed up in one sentence….


Monday Mottoes – #149

My husband recently likened raising children to growing a garden. Unless we weed it, feed it and water it, it won’t grow. Same with kids: let them do anything they want and you won’t get much good fruit. That is not a popular view these days, it seems. Walk into any public space— a store,…


Montpelier Train Depot

It was one of those sites that just presents itself. As usual, we were on our way traveling from one place to another, when good fortune would have it, we passed a delightful stop. Not really interesting enough to make a special trip just for this, it was an aha moment when the serendipity of…


When Summer Storms Come

Summer temperatures at our dacha regularly approach three digits, with the occasional violent storm thrown in for good measure. This is the south and this is how it goes. However, at our other house, midway up the Atlantic coast of the United States, summer still registers as hotter than hot and humid. It’s at times…


Clinton E-Mails and the Intent to Harm

I texted my husband when the news hit that Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted. Her use of a private e-mail server and the exposure of thousands of sensitive governmental communiques were not considered criminal because no intent to harm had been proven. “Good to tell the police the next time I decide to speed—…


God Bless America–Now More Than Ever

This patriotic song was written by Irving Berlin (born Israel Baline) in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. He had arrived in America from Russia at the age of 5 and became concerned with Hitler’s rise to power after serving America in WWI. The song was recorded by Kate Smith and released on Armistice…


Monday Mottoes – #147

There are two schools of thought regarding success and winning in life: 1) winning is everything and 2) winning doesn’t matter. I believe it was Vince Lombardi who asked, “If winning isn’t everything, then why do we keep score?” Games have been developed in recent decades to take the winning/losing aspect of the equation for…


Monday Mottoes – #146

It was Father’s Day. A time when dads basked in their children’s love. Usually. If you raised them right. If they went along with the program. If everyone minded their p’s and q’s. Whatever that means along the lines today of minding one’s manners. Apparently it comes from the English pub life of the 17th…


Come Apart and Rest A While

Some of the wisest words ever spoken, “Come apart and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). As my son assists me on a brief business trip to Europe and the Middle East, he is learning about 20-hour-plus days. Not so smart on my part, but that’s the time we have to squish in a million things…