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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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On Dogs and the Divine

Dogs are Divine. At least ours are. Not to be confused with a deity, of course, but so many of their traits (other than chasing anything that moves, licking their private parts, and barking non-stop) prove to be more admirable than our own. You know, the whole unconditional love thing…. I love my little fur-babies,…

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Country Lanes or Cathedrals

Where do you talk with God? Are you the type that likes to sit by the seashore or on a mountain out in nature and commune, or do you slip into an open cathedral and quietly whisper a prayer? If you can worry, you can pray. Worry is the opposite of prayer, whereas prayer means…

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Monday Mottoes – #53

Most of us, if we’re honest or thoughtful, know our strengths. We tend to cater to them. We revel in them, use them, polish them. But our weaknesses? Not so much. Our weaknesses fall outside of the comfort zone, requiring hard work and effort. We’d often rather hop on one good leg than limp with…

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Monday Mottoes – #52

All it takes is for something to go wrong—the health, the career, the relationship. Suddenly, you’re thankful for what you had, or what you still have. Or, nothing goes wrong, and you’re so grateful for smooth sailing. To not be facing any immediate oppression is a blessing indeed. No projects derailed at work, no deadly…

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Islamic Terrorism: Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

Are you sick of it like I’m sick of it? Beheadings, gang rapes of hundreds, children chopped in half. A photo of a 7-year-old grinning and holding a severed head, eight family members gunned to death with an open Bible on their couch, women and children kidnapped as slaves. This is what’s happening to Christians…

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Monday Mottoes – #51

We brush our teeth, we walk the dog, we grab something to eat. We field phone calls, we send e-mails, and we meet in live or video-conferencing. Every day, much is accomplished simply by putting one foot in front of the other. But what about the “optional” areas of life? You know, all of the…

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Monday Mottoes – #50

Nobody likes to see their children or loved ones go through difficult times. Yet, trying circumstances come to us all. Occasionally, they happen, as a talkative taxi driver once educated me, due to the vagaries and vicissitudes of life. However, more frequently, they happen because of our own mistakes. And that’s a difficult pill to…

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Monday’s Mottoes – #49

So, it happened. Our oldest daughter, Mashenka’s, first day at work. Scheduled for one day per week, she would scoop ice cream at the same complex where her oldest brother, Petya, would drive her and where he would work on the golf course. How did it go, inquiring minds might ask? “Awesome!” said Petya, up…

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Meriam Ibrahim’s Freedom Flight-!

We interrupt this day of stocks going down while the heat index goes up to bring some good news… Meriam Ibrahim, young Sudanese wife and mother imprisoned for her Christian faith… is now safe and sound on Italian soil. All we can say is “Bravo!” to the Italians and “Praise the Lord!” to the one…

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Monday Mottoes – #48

Is it possible to live a life of no excuses? I wonder. Do we make excuses and justify ourselves because we have done wrong, or do we simply shrug off the idea of being less than perfect? Or, do we continue striving and give ourselves a coronary in the process? Which, of course, does not…

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