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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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Thriving, Not Surviving

You’ve heard it said that whatever doesn’t kill you, strengthens you. I’m not so sure about that. There must be a step in there that has been edited out. I don’t like the idea of runaway kids, divorce, abusive relationships, bankruptcy, being let go from your job, etc., because that kind of stuff can knock…

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Monday Mottoes – #142

When embarking on the path of life, many of us face opposition. It may be on the way to the corner office, on the way to the altar, on the way to achieve our life’s dream. Obstacles and detours and detractors loom large, at times. Some seem to even relish and revel in their attempts…

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Monday Mottoes – #141

Are you a responsible person? By that, I don’t mean do you pay your bills on time, do you file your taxes, put in a full day’s work, tell the truth, etc.? Instead, let’s focus for a moment on this: do you take responsibility for who you are and the feelings you create around you?…

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Monday Mottoes #140

Many are the thoughts and ruminations when it comes to Mother’s Day. For some, it’s a happy celebration, for others, bittersweet with the consideration of their own struggle to conceive or their own mother’s passing…. For many, it’s a realization that there are no days off, even Mother’s Day, lol. Which brings us to today’s…

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The Power of Perspective

Everything comes down to perspective, I’m convinced of it. Having a discussion with a friend and he says it’s all about where you sit. That’s absolutely true. What you “see” depends on where you’re sitting. For me, my goal includes not sitting down on the job. If I have to figuratively stand for the rest…

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Mindful Mentoring

It’s been a wild past 24 hours. All sorts of mayhem, trials and tribulations as I face a major public address and as my husband heads away for a couple of days with a great young guy that he’s mentoring. I don’t even know if mentoring is the proper term. These days, young adults have…

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Monday Mottoes – #139

Probably similar to yours, my life is quite complex. Schedules, appointments, family, associates, meals, countries and continents vie for attention. So we co-coordinate, shuffle engagements, hurry up, make it happen. I realized in the early morning hours that I know how to urge someone, “Hurry!” in a good handful of languages. Yet, no matter how…

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Benedetto Has Been to the Mountain

So we are finishing up our three-day retreat, or two-and-a-half day retreat, or two evenings and one full day and one half day retreat…. You can tell that the fresh mountain air is getting to me…. We had about three hours of free time one afternoon and my husband, Benedetto, set his heart on climbing…

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Repairing to a Retreat

I am on Cloud Nine. Over the past 24 hours my spirits have been lifted. Benedetto and I have taken a couple of days, time that we normally don’t have, since we can rarely spare two hours, much less two minutes, but we have left on a retreat. Shhh… quiet… conversation… no kids… some interactive…

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Terrorism, Tunnels and Biden’s Blunders

Joe Biden needs to sit down and be quiet. On Monday, he rebuked Israel, the only Middle Eastern democracy, just after they had been hit by a terror attack in Jerusalem. Apparently, that’s his friendly face. Earlier in the day, Israel had uncovered yet another terrorist tunnel from Gaza into Israel. This is particularly significant,…