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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…!

Spirituality

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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…

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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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Monday Mottoes – #78

Are you a dropout? Not necessarily from school, but from certain aspects of life? Do you find it easier not to engage with a spouse, a boss, a child, so you avoid them? Do you stay away from certain social settings? Have you lost a job and then, after repeated rejection, given up even looking…

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The Islamization of America

People, our country is going wild. I would say it’s going to the dogs, but that might be too positive. I like dogs. For now, America is underwhelming me. And that’s a shame, because you could not find someone more patriotic than moi. Yet, we have a president who seems divorced from reality and an…

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Museum of the Bible Coming Soon

Washington, DC, is set to get another museum in the next couple of years: the Museum of the Bible. Scheduled to be built two blocks from the National Mall, and three blocks from the Capitol, the 430,000-square-foot museum will house 500 world-class artifacts, from ancient manuscripts and papyri, to cuneiform tablets dating from Abraham’s time….

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Monday Mottoes – #76

Where there’s life, there’s hope. That’s not the motto for the day, yet it bears repeating because, oftentimes, we give up on ourselves, and we really shouldn’t. Look at the people who have extreme challenges, whether paraplegics, those who have war wounds, or are missing limbs since birth…. They learn to type with a stylus…

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Stress, Exhaustion, and Poor Choices

We are the sandwich generation, squeezed between the issues of needy kids and needy parents. Which leads me to ask: where’s the beef? Where are those who can wear the big boy or big girl pants and do mature things, even in the midst of the storms of life? We all know about stress—loved ones…

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Monday Mottoes – #74

Most everything in life involves a risk—whether a relationship, having children, pursuing a new career, trying a new food. On the one hand, same old, same old can be safe. But it won’t get you the corner office with the doubling or tripling of your salary. You need to reach out for something beyond yourself,…

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Monday Mottoes – #73

Time to get honest. What do you want in life? I mean, really want? I spoke with a friend today who’s been battling cancer for the last six months, pulled through, and doing quite well. Her grown daughter talked about how the two of them would just sit together and cry some days, not out…

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Monday Mottoes – #72

Slogging along in life makes time stand still. At any time we can pick up the pace by cooperation with others. Working together causes things to hum along at a much better clip, as long as everyone can coordinate their efforts. By spelling out each person’s role according to their skills and abilities, we increase…

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