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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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Planning a Layover at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo

Twelve hours between flights at Sheremetyevo International Airport. With scores of diversions located there, and many more waiting in Russia’s capital city beyond, which would you choose? Go into the city, or stay and relax at a huge airport the size of a small city? First of all, if you decide to venture out, where…

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When “LOL” is Overrated

As anyone else, if I’m making a joke while texting with friends, I might insert lol, laughing out loud. Just so that they know I’m teasing them. Benedetto never teases except in person, so he never uses lol. Yet, anyone who knows us would say that he is more laid-back and I’m more serious and…

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How to Extract a Picture of My Son

Fact #1: Petya is in NY. Fact #2: I am not. Fact #3: I will need a photo of him soon or I will not be able to stand it. How do I persuade my son to take 10 seconds out of his busy day and send his sweet mother a pic or two? In…

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Check-in from NYC

Our eldest has spent the last five days in New York City and is about one-third through his trip. Naturally, I’ve received about three photos total of him since he’s been there and it’s hard to argue for anything more since their group is not allowed to be on the phone or texting more than…

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Monday Mottoes – #98

It’s unreal. It’s absolutely unreal. I just dropped our first-born, or make that first-adopted, off at the airport and I’m sobbing. When it came time to say goodbye, my lip started trembling and I could barely whisper my parting words. He did the intelligent thing: smiled, hugged me and walked away toward security. I love…

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Selfie Accidents in Russia

Quick-! What could be more dangerous than a Lada-driving Russian careening over crowded sidewalks simply because the streets are even more congested with traffic? Apparently it’s a Russian taking a selfie, you know, that narcissistic self-portrait that most Americans are satisfied to take in the privacy of their own bathroom, but Russians have to take…

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What We Did for Summer Vacation

I just might need to vacay, after all. Instead, I’m forging ahead, accomplishing a bunch, and managing the troops. My family, on the other hand, thinks that it’s summer and we should be having FUN. How to do that in near-100-degree heat, with responsibilities up the wazoo, is not my forte. Personally, other than my…

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Another Fun Summer Family Film

You know me, I’ll give you the straight scoop on any movie—I’ve been surprised enough, myself, even after reading supposed “reviews”. With four teens in the house, two parents, and two dogs who have to watch, too, we need to practice tolerance for others’ tastes. All that being said, here’s a flick that should appeal…

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My Comb

Never let it be said that I don’t bring my readers the most riveting of social commentary. I mean, if Solomon could speak of the wisdom of ants and consider how they are organized and work diligently compared to some human beings, well then, I might be able to make observations about… things as diverse…

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Trapped at 30,000 Feet

If your summertime travel plans include plane flights to Paris, Punjab or Peru, I might have a few high-altitude travel tips for you. Try not to breathe any of the recirculated air which is deadly. Wear a surgical mask for those moments when you feel you must breathe. Try not to touch any aircraft bathroom…