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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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Tunnels Connect the U.S. to Israel

You’ve heard of the 51-mile-long Channel Tunnel, connecting Britain and France by an underwater rail line. Completed in 1994, the “Chunnel” is an amazing innovation, linking the two countries and easing travel between them. Today, Israel and the U.S. are also linked by tunnels, not physically, but metaphorically. Unwanted illegal visitors slip across their borders,…

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Holiday Tug-of-War

In the US, there’s a lot of pushing and pulling that takes place during the winter holidays.  It happens in other countries, too, but here, there’s enough space to truly separate loved ones at special times.  Most of it is centered around the triad of Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah and New Years. If you’re married or engaged,…

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The Un-real U.N.

For over 3,000 years, Jerusalem has had ties to the Jewish people. King David declared it his capital in 1004 BC, with Abraham and Jacob figuring prominently in its history even before that. And this week, once again, the United Nations adopted six resolutions against Israel, refuting all Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and…

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Solo Train Rides for Teens-?

Our oldest son was 18 years old last summer (almost 19) when we sent him on a train to NYC, where he was gathering with other teens to take a van to upstate NY to serve as a camp counselor for a month. He had flown to NYC the summer before, at age 17, running…

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Free Russian Language Lessons

Our four high school and college-age kids were taken by us to visit a kind Russian head-of-department at a prestigious university. He gave 30 minutes of his time to discuss with them the fact that Russian has just come up as #2 on the Strategic Languages List and how the US State Department cannot get…

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Free Finds?

Driving down the road, I do a double-take. Our family just bypassed a perfectly-fine dining room table chair, with a sign announcing, “Free”. I laugh, imagining that most free furniture items are moth-eaten, broken, flea-infested or prove to be liabilities in any number of ways. Yet, I am inexplicably drawn to this chair. “Put it…

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Hidden Cappuccino Calories

With a hurricane heading toward the East Coast of the US, our family has chosen to drive toward the scene of the crime and finish securing preparations that our friends started. So I am trying to turn my mind to other important matters while we all dig trenches for torrential rains to be channeled away…

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Evacuate for Hurricane Matthew?

And the craziness has started. In point-and-counterpoint, Benedetto and I are diametrically opposed, which only fits since a huge anniversary is coming up later in the week. Along with a hurricane, or at least very high winds and monsoon rains. The governor is calling for evacuations within 100 miles of the coast, no longer mandatory…

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Sleepy-Walking in Public

No, that’s not sleep-walking, that’s sleepy-walking! Have you ever left the house still wearing your slippers? You don’t wear slippers? How did I know that? It could be anything from a mud mask on your face while out with the dog for “one minute”, or a roller in your hair, or for guys— you forgot…

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Phoneless and Homeless

The family headed out for a one-day getaway in honor of our oldest son’s upcoming 20th birthday. Hot on the heels of the successful meeting of my deadline, I was beyond exhausted, but happy. Leaving the house before dawn, we packed up the troops on our way between Point A and Point B… in order…