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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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Deliveries, Packages and Online Packages

“Alexandra and Benedetto? This is your next-door neighbor…” the message started. The neighbor was a sweet person, someone we waved to whenever we might rarely glimpse each other. She contacted us in a roundabout way on social media, since all of us came and went with fast-paced careers and kids. Nobody possessed the other’s phone…

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Facebook Damaging Society?

Think it through: social media’s goal is to help people interact more with each other, either for purely social or business purposes. That’s happening. Yet now, I’m reading more and more about users pulling the plug. In many ways, I don’t blame them. I know people who have married (disastrously) through the internet, who have…

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Today is Your Life in a Snapshot

Every day is a window into your life of what will most likely be your future. I could say each week is a microcosm of your future, a virtual snapshot and true, as well, because a week averages out any inconsistencies. Some days bring up emergencies, special appointments, issues and so on …. Therefore, spread…

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Cleaning, Not Accumulating, This Black Friday

I’m one of the few that chooses not to run with the lemmings on Black Friday. Yes, I’m up uber-early every day, so it’s not that appealing to head out to go… shopping! Accumulation isn’t appealing to me right now. I actually should be downsizing in so many ways. So today, at before-crack-of-dawn, I was…

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Russia Meddling in Other Countries

Somewhere along the line, somebody was drinking the Koolaid. Folks were believing that Russia, the country with the largest land mass in the world, would be content to just live and let live. Anyone who has visited Russia, lived in Russia, had a Russian grandmother or read Russian literature knows otherwise. Let’s stick with the…

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The Joyful Pressures of a Holiday Family Gathering

It’s a shame that so many families live far from one another. These days, it often takes a funeral or a family gathering to get folks together, up close and personal. Often, too close, kind of “in your face”. I mean, where else would you learn whether or not your cousin eats like a truck…

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90-Day Foolishness

The other day, our family watched TV for the first time in a long time. Somehow, lacking anything of any substance, we ended up with TLC’s “90-Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days”. Not sure if that was a good move, or a bad move.… One thing’s for sure: watching this train wreck of K-1 visa…

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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…