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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…!



Monday Mottoes – #179

It’s Monday morning and a whole new week spreads before us. What an opportunity to do things that matter! Don’t let it pass by in a daze or a haze. I love motivational books, CDs, DVDs. They’re so powerful and usually work to get us over the idea of anything that might hinder great achievements….


Remember, Pressure Can Be Positive

I know a whole lot of people going through a whole lot of things. The pressure is practically killing them. It’s emotional, intellectual, financial, and spiritual stress. Which is generally just another word for fear. There are business deals in the balance. A marriage on the rocks. Cars breaking down.  Kids gone awry and astray….


Monday Mottoes – #178

Today in the United States, it’s Presidents’ Day, commemorating the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and George Washington (February 22nd). Washington was the first president and Lincoln was the sixteenth, both men known for stellar leadership and outstanding guidance for the country. While many Americans celebrate with a day off from school or work…


Money Talks with Minnie the Moocher

Minnie the Moocher was a 1931 jazz song about a woman who begged for a living. In our family, it reminds us of Sashenka, 16-going-on-3. All she talks about is money and I wonder if it may be our fault. We don’t talk about finances non-stop. And we are not poor. So we try to…


Do You Daydream?

I’ve heard it said that adults daydream almost 50% of their waking hours. That’s a lot of time! I imagine everyone is basically wishing that they were somewhere else, with somebody else, doing something else. That’s a whole lot of regret. I don’t have much time to daydream, nor to second-guess: coulda, woulda, shoulda. I…


Monday Mottoes – #177

Time is the great revealer, the one measure by which we pull back the curtain of life and discover what really matters. Apart from priorities and a ladder of values, time slips away like wisps of fog as a storm rolls in. Have you ever noticed: the storms of life seem to settle and cast…


Helping the Persecuted

Right now, all around the world, there are those who are suffering for their views, their faith, their ethnicity. It’s pretty rough. Persecution may range from the loss of employment, outright harassment, beatings, rape, imprisonment and death. Something has to be done. Someone has to speak up. Enter our kids. The four of them, with…


Monday Mottoes – #176

With about a week until Valentine’s Day, our thoughts turn toward love and all of its ramifications: romantic love, lifetime love, sacrificial love. For some, love means pain, or romantic movies involving tears. For others, love holds the fairy tale ideal of there always being laughter and no real problems. For professionals, there are those…


The Future Tense & Our Country

I’m thinking of one particular language which I can speak very well concerning the present and the past. The future? Not so much. It’s not always as easy as English, where you can simply add “will” and voila— suddenly future tense: “I walk home” morphs into “I will walk home” or “I am going to…


Middle-Aged Dreams & Fantasies

Admit it, the years pass on and many have thoughts of doing something new. There’s no need to run away from the mate or get a new sports car. All you need is a little creativity. But there are themes that appear and reappear these days. In an unscientific poll, here are a few of…