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Family Film: War Room

We interrupt this wonderful weekend to bring a special notice: go and see the new movie “War Room”. If you want your marriage to be close, your family to thrive, and you’d like God’s help, this film could change your life. It’s fairly slow-moving, but deals with everyday, real-life issues of love growing cold, disappointments,…

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How Josh & Anna Duggar Can Get Help

Life in the fishbowl. Unless you’ve lived it, you can only imagine. Looks like fun, the celebrity, the access, the perks. Sometimes. Other times, it’s the exhaustion. You’re always “on”. You might be shopping for toothpaste and people come up and want to talk. Someone might think you’re overdisciplining a child as they listen in…

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Text-Messaging via Tin Cans

I don’t know why I even try to text-message my husband. I realize that he’s Very Busy. So am I. That’s why I text, for quick communiques and questions. It’s not like I’m trying to make conversation…. He never has his phone on. Maybe that should tell me something. I text my son. “If you…

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My Little Lost Car

As with any adventure, good or bad, it’s a long and twisted story that actually started out short and sweet. I was travelling to visit a friend in a semi-distant hospital. She had gone through surgery… when something went wrong. The surgeon made a mistake and knicked another organ. Rushed by ambulance to a teaching…

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Trade Secrets & Economic Espionage

Here around the Bartologimignano household, many foreign nationals lurk. They try to gain access to sensitive information, what some might call proprietary information or trade secrets. They come from former Communist backgrounds, Russia in particular… and they happen to be my children. It’s their goal and intention to seize my brownie recipe and their father’s…

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Planning a Layover at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo

Twelve hours between flights at Sheremetyevo International Airport. With scores of diversions located there, and many more waiting in Russia’s capital city beyond, which would you choose? Go into the city, or stay and relax at a huge airport the size of a small city? First of all, if you decide to venture out, where…

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Iran & Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

It’s the little matter of 12,000 kilometers. The Iranians insisted on this at the end of the pseudo-negotiations, and I say pseudo because I can’t see anything worthwhile for the US in any of the Iranian “deal”. Intercontinental ballistic missiles have that kind of range—to travel between continents. At a time when American schoolchildren are…

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When “LOL” is Overrated

As anyone else, if I’m making a joke while texting with friends, I might insert lol, laughing out loud. Just so that they know I’m teasing them. Benedetto never teases except in person, so he never uses lol. Yet, anyone who knows us would say that he is more laid-back and I’m more serious and…

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Monday Mottoes – #98

It’s unreal. It’s absolutely unreal. I just dropped our first-born, or make that first-adopted, off at the airport and I’m sobbing. When it came time to say goodbye, my lip started trembling and I could barely whisper my parting words. He did the intelligent thing: smiled, hugged me and walked away toward security. I love…

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Selfie Accidents in Russia

Quick-! What could be more dangerous than a Lada-driving Russian careening over crowded sidewalks simply because the streets are even more congested with traffic? Apparently it’s a Russian taking a selfie, you know, that narcissistic self-portrait that most Americans are satisfied to take in the privacy of their own bathroom, but Russians have to take…