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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…!



Oh Autumn, How Do I Love Thee?

Let me count the ways…. The joys of autumn are fast approaching, depending on where in the world we live. On the east coast of America, in the mid-Atlantic region, fall has been not-so-fast, actually slow in arriving. Last night, the temperatures dropped to the 40s degree Fahrenheit, so I’m feeling hopeful-! What are these…


Monday Mottoes – #212

Unless you’re a really young person, most of us have some measure of life experience in our past. Good, bad or otherwise. We face the daily decision to either look forward and move forward, or look backward and move backward. Kind of like sharks who are never stationary, but always pressing forward. Think about it:…


Less Free Contraceptives = More Abortions?

Should free contraceptives be a basic American right? The Trump administration, cutting back on employers being required to provide either free contraceptives or free abortions in all cases, should consider some unintended results. Could the limiting of employer-paid contraception lead to the increased need for abortions, or the cost associated with unplanned pregnancies and raising…


Monday Mottoes – #211

Today, in many parts of the Americas, it’s Columbus Day, commemorating the discovery of the New World in 1492. That was 525 years ago-! The Italian explorer from Genoa/Genova, Cristoforo Colombo, sailed on behalf of Spain. Nowadays, it might mean a day off from work, or a day of shopping special sales. Not so many…


On the Occasion of Our Anniversary

Many, many years ago, when I was so young, we entered into holy matrimony. And here we are, many decades later, still together. A miracle, an accomplishment, a blessing, a life shared and multiplied. Here are a few quotes to celebrate our anniversary, happening October 7th…. “What is Love? I have met in the streets…


On Mental Health and Gun Control

In the wake of Las Vegas’s mass shooting at the country music concert, many questions are being asked. For me, I want to know more about mental health issues. Personally, I have known several acquaintances recently to give indications of being on shaky ground, mentally speaking. I believe that there’s just too much happening in…


Monday Mottoes – #210

Later this week, Benedetto and I will celebrate numerous years of wedded bliss. As with anything long-term, some days are good and other days are better. With the passage of years and decades, people often ask, what is the secret of your marital success? For me, wise sage that I am, I would say that…


Why Do People Own Snakes?

Is it just me? I don’t like snakes. Not in the wild, not in zoos, not in cages. Nope, no thanks. And now a 31-year-old snake lover in southern England was found suffocated to death in a room where he housed his snakes. The pet python was loose and the man was dead. Ewww. I…

Shana Tova

Happy 5778…Shana Tova


Monday Mottoes – #208

It’s Monday morning and you need a challenge. Why slink into your work week overwrought and overtired? Time to take your career and make it what you want. You may not believe you can control things like new clients, or smarter investments, or more customers, or targeting your research. But today, just for my special…