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What’s Changed in Moscow?

I’ve been asked by many to report more in-depth concerning Moscow. Many adoptive parents have not been there in the past decade when international adoptions began to close. No matter what region you stayed in, most of us had to end up our trip with several days in the capital. Is it the same? Yes…

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LinkedIn Anxiety

I admit, I live the life of a hermit. A jet-setting hermit. A very busy hermit. But a hermit nonetheless. Now it has been brought to my attention that I really need a LinkedIn profile. Which, in many ways, anything beyond sending smoke signals by computer is really too high tech for mere, middle-aged mortals…

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Rapid Resume Prep Reprieve

I have not needed a resume in about the last two decades. My work speaks for itself in the kind of work I do and I’m basically the boss… so there. When my 19-year-old son said that he put my name in for a top position at the office where he has interned since age…

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While The Cat’s Away…

(From your correspondent, Benedetto, while my wife wings her way back to the US…) Alexandra is traveling and working in Europe and  the Middle East, while I hold down the home front. My days fill with work and children, cooking and cleaning, work and children, and more cooking. Don’t forget the two dogs.  I alternate…

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Sheremetyevo Airport Express Train

Usually I have a driver in Russia, a chauffeur to take me from Point A to Point B. That works, yet in case of constant traffic jams, travel by train is so much faster. So this time, my son and I hopped on the Aeroexpress, the direct train from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport to the city…

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Mixup in Moscow

I am enroute with my oldest son on our way to the Mid-East. It was to be a simple layover in Moscow. As a Russian-American, he required no visa and I obtained the new, three-year multi-entry visa so we could leave the airport. We made reservations for a nearby Russian hotel and would take the…

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The Panic of Being Overweight

No, not that kind of overweight. That’s full of enough panic, lol. I’m talking about having your bags packed with mostly lightweight stuff for mostly summer climes… and then realizing… you’re over the allowable 50 pounds on the baggage-! Yikes, how did that happen? That’s the double-edged sword of a luggage scale. My son and…

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Mindful Mentoring

It’s been a wild past 24 hours. All sorts of mayhem, trials and tribulations as I face a major public address and as my husband heads away for a couple of days with a great young guy that he’s mentoring. I don’t even know if mentoring is the proper term. These days, young adults have…

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Making a Russian Embassy Appointment

No matter what you do, or how you do it, you will soon come to the conclusion that you cannot make an appointment at your local Russian Embassy or Consulate. You might try phoning, e-mailing, even sending smoke signals, but you’re not going to get through. Ever. So, after completing my online form (in Russian…

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Are You Swamped, Too, or Is It Just Me?

I am over-involved. My “Just Say No” button has broken. I have no off switch. I am swamped. Some would say slammed. I don’t like slammed. “I was so slammed at work.” No, too uncultured for me. Sounds like somebody’s hitting you. I was swamped, inundated, overwrought, if you must. In essence, too much to…