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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…!

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Free Pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey

No doubt you heard of Turkey on Wednesday taking into custody over 1,000 people in 72 provinces and suspending 9,103 police who may have ties with the failed coup last July. Since nine months ago, a total of 40,000 people have been arrested, along with the firing or suspending of another 120,000 from professions ranging…

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Monday Mottoes – #187

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel. At a set time, air raid sirens sound throughout the country and all comes to a stop. People get out of their cars, in the center of cities, in the center of highways, buses stop, pedestrians pause. Everyone stands in silence, remembering those who perished during the Nazi…

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Monday Mottoes – #186

Spring cleaning, spring planting, longer days of more sunshine. There’s something about this time of year that gives the suggestion of a fresh start and letting go of the old. Personally, I like to hold onto the old. It’s comforting, lol. I have a good bit of change in my life on a daily basis,…

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What is Hope?

Hope has gotten a bad rap over the years. When there’s really very little optimism at all, we end up saying, halfheartedly, “Well, I hope so,” concerning the probability of anything turning around for the better. It’s sad. Hope used to be “the anchor of the soul”, the glue that preserved the flow of faith…

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Life Without Boundaries or Standards….

As never before, many cultures and societies have lost their sense of boundaries. We all know of the opposite side of the spectrum — so many boundaries that it seems incomprehensible to those who have never experienced: the total shrouding of women from head to toe lest one square centimeter of skin be exposed, men…

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Monday Mottoes – #185

It was Palm Sunday and I had not checked my e-mails. I mean, one day— not even one day— a few hours of a break in life was too much to ask? By early afternoon, we were traveling again and I caught a glimpse of two communiques from my attorney in another country: “Please call…

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When We Can’t, God Can

It’s a marvelous situation: our oldest son (21 in September) actually listens to us. Parental words of wisdom and encouragement are soaked up by him. He is growing and going because he believes that with God, all things are possible. All of our kids come from trauma and abuse backgrounds, leading to Russian orphanages before…

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Life is a Race

As has been said, “The race is not to the swift…” (Ecclesiastes 9:11) and “Let us run with perseverance the race that is marked out for us…” (Hebrews 12:1). Recently, our family has been viewing a number of race scenes from old TV programs, particularly “The Amazing Race” series as teams rush here and there…

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Monday Mottoes – #183

In my way of thinking, employees and people in general fall into two camps: conscientious and unconscious. I say employees because if you’re an employer, you usually fall or climb into the first group, or else you don’t stay an employer for long. It always amazes me how deadlines, in my opinion, are hard and…

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Deception, Discretion and Just Answer the Question

An acquaintance of mine recently wrote a LinkedIn post for those trying to break into a particular niche career field. He explained about specifically what needed to go into your cover letter namely, the connecting the dots on how your experience or education matched the job on offer, and then what should be in your…