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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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The Selfie Generation

Don’t get me wrong, I love selfies. I remember the first time we ever saw a photo selfie stick. Asian tourists strolled the streets of DC, holding i-Phones beyond arm’s length and it was unclear exactly what they were doing. Nowadays, it’s clear, but back then… not so much. I immediately commented to all those…

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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…

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When Hysterectomies Kill

I never knew this. After researching hysterectomies because of a friend going through some major health challenges, I came across the amazing 2014 story of Dr. Amy Reed from Boston. A physician herself and the wife of a surgeon, the couple came to the conclusion that her hysterectomy via morcellation was responsible for rapidly spreading…

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The Nation Pulls Together

I practically live on I-95, the north-south route that runs up and down the East Coast of the United States. So it was with great interest that I followed Hurricane Irma, first intending to make landfall on the east side of Florida’s peninsula and then head up to smack into South Carolina or other coastal…

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Houseboat or Yacht Accommodations?

Our son, Petya, works in an office that’s fascinating. For some reason this year, they offered their annual conference as a complimentary perk… to his mother! That would be moi. And the 3-day conference is just under $1,000, so it’s quite a savings and it’s in my field. Now comes the time to check into…

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Eclipse Fever

And so, as millions of Americans looked to the overshadowing of the sun, our family mourned the weekend passing of my mother-in-law. With the excitement of the eclipse upon us, we chose to stay at home and observe the phenomenon with our own homemade eclipse viewers— two 3×5 cards per person, one with aluminum foil…

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On the Kindness of Good Samaritans

It was a dark and stormy night. Along the East Coast of the U.S., there have been many dark and stormy nights of late, whether literal or figurative: monsoon rains, hate groups, hatred-of-hate groups, solar eclipse, more rain, you name it. And so, I had just spent the last hour trying to calm a clawing…

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How Far Would You Commute for a Job?

Okay, maybe that’s downplaying the issue by calling it “a job”. More of a “career” or a “calling” could put it into better perspective. Yet the question remains: how far would you travel to work? Our family commutes, driving between seven and eight hours between cities to spend half a week in each location. Kinda…

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Monday Mottoes – #203

Possibly the one truly non-renewable resource is time. It’s a commodity in great demand, yet many simply give up and throw in the towel, rather than harness their daily schedule. Could it be phone calls, e-mails, stop-byes and interruptions at the office that eat up your time? I had a friend who oversaw an entire…

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Jilting Al Jazeera

The hatred-filled Al Jazeera “news” network from Qatar is being kicked to the curb yet again. Numerous Arab nations have found the network’s radical Muslim stance particularly suited to inciting violence and have rejected their broadcasts. The United States also does not allow them to broadcast, but their articles and videos may be found online…