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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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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…

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AmeriMama Lures Pregnant Russians

With headlines blazing, I thought for a moment this was a program for pregnant Russian women to give birth in America… in order for Americans to adopt Russian babies-! Now there’s an idea to skirt Russian anti-American adoption laws. But instead, it’s a scheme whereby Russian women come to a New Jersey hospital to receive…

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On Boyfriends & Girlfriends

Our kids don’t date. They range between from 20 years old later this month, to 16 years old next month. With four teens in the house, hormones are sure to run high. All the more reason why not to date, lol. It’s not that we’re against dating. No, I take that back. Who am I…