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Learning to Drive… in Other Languages

Our kids continue to study Russian Lite throughout the year. I take them through the paces, the key to our limited success being that we need dialogs which will engage them. In college, you can use the normal, “What are you studying?” and “Do you live in the dorm?”, but for now, we need more…


Preparing for Papa’s Roadtrip

Benedetto must go away for a day to tend to some business. Problem is, he leaves after addressing an evening meeting, drives all night, tends to his matters the next morning, and then drives back. As any family would worry about an overworked loved one, we try to see that he gets as much sleep…


The Russian Hackers

I’ve met these cyber-guys online when they tried to bring down this venerable site last year. Hack, hack, hack. You’d think they were Paul Bunyan the logger hacking away. They never gave up. We changed passwords and codes repeatedly. They tried, and tried again. It was all-out war. As though we’re anybody special. So now…


Our Dogs Send Me Selfies

Benedetto and I went out to lunch a couple of hours away for his birthday. The kids kept everything under control in our absence. We enjoyed adult conversation amongst fine linen and even finer art. Round about my husband’s key lime tart with vanilla sauce and raspberry coulis, our dogs, Misha and Grisha, started participating…


Another Funny Summer Flick

Do you want a movie full of adventure, a bit of Russian language, and dogs? Look no farther. This is a film with no swearing and plenty of good messages. The bad guys get into trouble, and the good guys/dogs come out on top. On Netflix, our family watched yet another in the series of…


Technological Time Wasters

I was meant to live in another time period, yet I’m enjoying myself immensely in our fast-paced, at-the-speed-of-light lifestyle in the here and now. I just sometimes wonder…. As someone who’s flown the supersonic Concorde transcontinentally, it makes me think of those who once had the luxury to set sail for foreign lands, relaxing enroute,…


College Acceptance

The communique arrived before dawn in our son’s e-mail inbox. Short and sweet, it read something like this: “Many thanks for sending your application for a place commencing this fall. We have now made you an offer to study with us which has been sent separately to your email address.” The foreign university was well-respected…


Sad Russian Stories

The novel, Anna Karenina, begins with the sentence, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” And while we all know that happy Russian families exist, you’d be hardpressed to find one in a popular novel or film. Social commentators have long observed that, the colder the climate, the…


A Model Adoptive Family

In those odd hours of lengthy computer work, I occasionally turn on the TV. Benedetto wants to pull the plug entirely, but I really do enjoy the occasional program, generally those that are educational. I really can’t name any fictional series that I have tuned into in recent decades. Not to say that many of…


Barely-Breathing Breakdown

Every day is an adventure around the Bartologimignanos. There’s simply no room for ennui. However, today we had a bit too much excitement. My son and I started the day with our early-a.m. power walk. His tennis team, in multiple tie-breakers lasting till almost 10:00 p.m. last night, finally faced defeat. They had made it…

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