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Me and My Matryoshkas

The image has followed me in my dreams since childhood. My grandmother sent me a matryoshka when I was a small girl and it was an incredible gift. I knew of no one else who possessed such a wooden-crafted, handpainted, Russian nesting doll. Crafted since the late 19th century, these mysterious images had not been…

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Back at the Russian Embassy

Everywhere we go, we create an international incident of some sort. Filling out the online form to renew our kids’ Russian passports is adventure enough. We did it last year for the boys, and now the girls needed theirs renewed after five years in the US. As I’ve explained numerous times how to apply (hit…

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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…

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On Food, Family, and Being Foreigners

If you can relate to any of the above topics, here’s a fun summer film for you. Loaded with meaning about what’s important in life, what’s worth fighting for, and what’s worth making peace for, this film will have any “foodie” smiling… and salivating… in no time. It deals with a family responding to the…

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The Green Card Interview

Foreign friends surround me and many have reported horrific experiences for their Green Card interview with the U.S. Government. Well, that day finally arrived for a girlfriend who’s been in America for over 25 years. All she wanted was to be legal. No, she didn’t walk across the Mexican border. That would have been much…

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Israel’s Right to Defend Herself

Imagine 6,000 missiles coming across the border from Mexico or Canada each year. (Never mind the 77,000+ children crossing into the US this year, we’ll leave that for another day….) An average of 6,000 missiles and rockets are launched against Israel every. single. year. Do ya ever hear much about it? Recently, those numbers escalated….

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Passport Photos: Me and My Fat Head

It’s been five years and the girls need new Russian passports. Been there, done that with the boys. Happily, with the 10-year variety, now they’ll all be in their 20s when they need to renew again. Benedetto was going to be the parental co-signer, so we listed his name on the electronic form submitted in…

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Crazy Car Conversations: The Tinkle Tax

Our family spends way too much time in the car. Shuttling between two homes with two boys, two girls, two parents and two dogs, it’s actually easier not to take the plane with our personal pilots and other paraphernalia. We arrive faster and fresher by driving. I thought. We may need to rethink that. During…

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The Doggies Go to a Sleepover

Our little lovey Scotties headed out for their very own sleepaway. In order for our family to spend one or two days away, Misha and Grisha had to go to a friend’s house. There, they played footsie under closed doors with cat friends who were tucked away when they came to visit, while our boys…

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A Fashion Photographer Meets Jesus

I’m not sure how I happened upon it, but the images are breathtaking. An American fashion photographer traveled to an Italian village to film some of the words of Jesus in a project entitled, “Journeys with the Messiah”. In his gallery of images, Michael Belk explores the modern-day relevance of Jesus. It’s breathtaking. The Italian…

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