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Trapped at 30,000 Feet

If your summertime travel plans include plane flights to Paris, Punjab or Peru, I might have a few high-altitude travel tips for you. Try not to breathe any of the recirculated air which is deadly. Wear a surgical mask for those moments when you feel you must breathe. Try not to touch any aircraft bathroom…


Summer Road Trip Tips

Ours is a family on the move… as are most these days. With unique schedules, we’re not as tied down to school holidays and breaks as many families with children experience. But if you’re one of the millions about to head for the hills, or the beach, or the city this summer, we can help…


Putin’s Propaganda Trolls

Rumors have abounded for years. Putin pays people to like him and his government. If you can’t win friends the legitimate way…. Hopefully, his government is paying these social media whizzes, a few that have tried to comment on this humble blog, because the Russian president needs to protect his own private net worth estimated…


Russian Rumblings & Mumblings at Pravda

The Russian joke used to go that “There is no Pravda in Izvestiya and there is no Izvestiya in Pravda,” naming two Russian newspapers and translated, “There is no truth in the news and there is no news in the truth.” Today’s version of Pravda pretty much confirms that. Not that the news is purely…

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Hooked on The Profit

I don’t watch much TV. If I watch any, it’s usually very late at night. Happily, CNBC’s hit series, “The Profit” airs when I happen to be working on the computer at odd hours. I love it. Marcus Lemonis, a multi-millionaire who started out as an adoptee from Lebanon, turns around small businesses with his…


Packages and Deliveries that Self-Destruct

No, this is not a story on terrorism, though it could be. I well remember when I first moved to Israel as a young bride. I had visited there for an entire summer a couple of years before, meeting my husband-to-be along the journey. Now, we were both there and opening bank accounts. Shuffling from…


Talking About Travel is a Trip in Itself

Just because Benedetto and I have traveled the world, our three youngest kids suddenly think they know everything about international travel. My husband was laughing about travel e-mails he receives for low-cost trips to various foreign destinations and how he couldn’t believe some of the affordable prices. “Possible…” I suggested. “The Dollar is higher than…


Reality Shows I’d Like to See

We all know the winning combo of winning reality shows on TV: Big characters. One-of-a-kind personalities. Access to places or situations we would otherwise not see. But that’s where our ways part. Recently, many reality shows have gone down the freak show pathway. The more bizarre and outlandish they are, the better, it seems. I’d…


Do You Believe?

As Passover and Easter approach, it seems like a rather legitimate question: do you believe? And thus, Pure Flix has unveiled its latest movie offering on the big screen of theaters near you, entitled, Do You Believe? For those not in the know or flow, it’s a Christian movie (the big cross in all of…


The Farce of French

My middle two children are studying French. It’s done through a very good DVD course with textbook and workbook. Unfortunately, I am the classroom quizzer and Pasha and Mashenka don’t like it one bit. The first exhibits shut-downs, the second, meltdowns. I learn that they follow their video-instructor’s every hint as to what will be…

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