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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…!



You’re HOW Old-?! Self-Destructive Behavior

I recently saw a celebrity whom I incorrectly calculated to be much older than she was in actuality. Then I heard her real age. A shock-! It wasn’t only outright wrinkles. It was a variety of influences. But yes, smoking and alcohol were right up there with the rest of the factors. She looked OLD….


Monday Mottoes – #231

Today you are staging your life in a movie— what will it be— a drama, a tragedy, a love story, a comedy? Imagine that you are the writer and you are the director. That’s the way life is. Many believe that they are mere “extras” to the game of life, that they have no control…


Doublemindedness Will Do You In; Resilience Will Save You

It’s 3:00 am and I’m up to begin my day. Prayer, Bible, contact foreign fields… no, wait! I peek out the window— same as when I went to bed around midnight and it was lightly snowing. Still coming down. If your area is anything like ours, it’s been one day of severe winter storms, while…


Let Go and Let God

It sounds trite, but it’s true: eventually, you have to step aside and let God be God. If you’re involved in something that’s all you and no Him, I’m not totally sure it’s worthwhile. In the middle of a big deal, with many technological problems, I had a choice to constantly coax, cajole and coach…


Monday Mottoes – #229

Half of the world dreams of freedom. The other half of the world dreams to be free from the responsibilities which come with freedom: taking care of yourself, taking care of others, making wise choices, managing your own time or money, healthy decisions in terms of diet and exercise, taking charge of your career and…


The Kosher Beach Cottage

Passover is coming, people. It’s only about a month away and I’ve told you about the friends with the beach cottage. Well, in the Jewish community, Passover break is similar to spring break, only longer. People take about two weeks off to head here or there for a fun and meaningful holiday. Needed: a nearby…


Only “Insane” People Hear the Voice of God-???

Okay, count me in. I mean, school shootings gunning down innocents, ISIS chopping off people’s heads, social media carrying suicides and rapes… and Joy Behar of ABC’s “The View” takes aim at… drumroll please… someone in public office who admits that he prays? Got. to. be. kidding. Wish it were a joke. I have heard…


Parent as Coach

I love our kids. They are positive and resilient, playful and goal-oriented. Occasionally, there’s a blip in the road and that’s where parents step in. And in today’s world, even if a mom or dad has no real-life experience in taking their child to the next level, they can always find someone else who may…


Happy Sweetie’s Day-!

Valentine’s Day is here and I hope you can mark the day in a special way! Might be on your own, with a friend or mate. Treat yourself well, you deserve it. On our busy schedule, Benedetto and I made our way to a restaurant just barely opening on a day near Valentine’s. Perfect. Since…


Upset Over… Everything!

It’s amazing the number of people without a life. They look for things to offend and enrage them. They imagine folks wanting to harm them and their sensitivities, rather than simply accepting that we all have different opinions on different subjects and call it a day. That’s what makes the world go round. Different strokes…