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Monday Mottoes – #211

Today, in many parts of the Americas, it’s Columbus Day, commemorating the discovery of the New World in 1492. That was 525 years ago-! The Italian explorer from Genoa/Genova, Cristoforo Colombo, sailed on behalf of Spain. Nowadays, it might mean a day off from work, or a day of shopping special sales. Not so many…

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Houseboat or Yacht Accommodations?

Our son, Petya, works in an office that’s fascinating. For some reason this year, they offered their annual conference as a complimentary perk… to his mother! That would be moi. And the 3-day conference is just under $1,000, so it’s quite a savings and it’s in my field. Now comes the time to check into…

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How Far Would You Commute for a Job?

Okay, maybe that’s downplaying the issue by calling it “a job”. More of a “career” or a “calling” could put it into better perspective. Yet the question remains: how far would you travel to work? Our family commutes, driving between seven and eight hours between cities to spend half a week in each location. Kinda…

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Flash from the Past: Fun Summer Flick

With summer fading on the horizon, and back-to-school supplies and schedules concerning those who need to be concerned, it’s a great time for a summer film. Not to mention days on end of rain across the U.S.’s East Coast, which makes for good viewing weather…. So our family hunkered down the other night to watch…

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Russian Diplomatic Retaliation

In tit-for-tat sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a staff reduction of the US diplomatic mission in Russia. While the 755 dismissed employees will be sure to cause inconvenience, it is most likely that the majority of those fired may come from the ranks of Russian citizens. Yes, Russians working in the American Embassy property…

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Comparing Your Kids to Others

Our family’s children, most of them moving from their teens to their twenties at this point, fall short in a variety of ways. They’re not so sure about their future plans, they might want to talk back upon occasion, they lack in the area of personal initiative…. But on the whole, when coached, they possess…

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Doctor in the House? No—They’re All on Vacation-!

It’s across the board (get it—? Board-certifiied??? lol- this early in the morning, I’m making myself laugh-), doctors are on vacation. Whatever you do, don’t become ill during July or August, because you’ll be up the creek and in deep trouble, for sure. Everywhere one turns, there’s a physician on vacay, if my interactions are…

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All Vacation Rentals are Not Created Equal-!

And so, I am living vicariously through my friend with the beach rental. “What’s happening now?” I ask her on a daily basis. In just over a week of renting the gem of a beach home, they have had enough experiences to last a lifetime-! I feel like I should pull up a chair and…

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A Myrtle Beach Vacay-!

Just about the time I’m going through my own way-of-sorrows renovation stories (and believe me, I have enough work to be done in my places that could keep me busy another 20 years…), we have friends who have accomplished an amazing feat with a 1950s beach house in lovely Myrtle Beach, SC. This is one…

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Foreign Student J-1 Workers in our Midst

Every summer, college students from other countries come to the U.S. to work, earn some money and experience the culture. Far from home, these J-1 visa holders should already arrive via sponsors who have found them work. Once here, they locate housing often ranging from mediocre to menacing in nature and set about figuring out…