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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…!



Snail Mail Stamp Decisions

Generally, there is the odd postage stamp available in our home. Generally, it’s an American flag “Forever” stamp, meaning, if the postal rates go up or down, it may still be used. Do you remember back in the day when you had to buy 5-cent, 2-cent and 1-cent stamps to make your old stamps work?…


Papa and his Pack of Dogs

We have two of the cutest Scottish Terriers on the face of the earth. Misha and Grisha ooze charm and charisma as our goodwill ambassadors to the nations. Even if not to the mailman and any wayward Mormons who dare to approach our property. Then the two turn into snarling, protective warrior dogs with much…


Negotiating 101

Know what you want. That’s it in a nutshell. If you’re aiming to close the deal on a new job, house, mate, or bargaining for a bauble from Middle Eastern markets, you must have your intended outcome in mind. Do you really want this and to what extent (or price) are you willing to go…


Monday Mottoes – #191

The headlines over the weekend said it all: “At Least 3 Climbers Dead, 1 Missing After Tragic Weekend On Mount Everest”. These were smart people, educated people, athletic people. Why risk it all to say you had conquered a particular summit such as Everest? Personally, I don’t get it. I guess my life is extreme…


Beauty Is All Around You!

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In Transit: Me and My Birthday Baloney Sandwich

In transit. That could be the story of my life. I seem to always be in one locale… and headed for another. Pressing forward, moving on, not stagnant. That could be an epitaph of sorts: In Transit. I’ve seen many that are worse…. So, yesterday was my birthday. Today is Israel’s birthday. Great ones tend…


Free Pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey

No doubt you heard of Turkey on Wednesday taking into custody over 1,000 people in 72 provinces and suspending 9,103 police who may have ties with the failed coup last July. Since nine months ago, a total of 40,000 people have been arrested, along with the firing or suspending of another 120,000 from professions ranging…


Spring Break Packing Marathon

Because our family lives in a couple of locales on a weekly basis, we know how to pack. I generally review with the children what the upcoming temperatures will be, along with any specific events or obligations coming our way. That way, everyone’s clear on what clothes to have on hand. Sometimes. Because occasionally items…


Monday Mottoes – #187

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel. At a set time, air raid sirens sound throughout the country and all comes to a stop. People get out of their cars, in the center of cities, in the center of highways, buses stop, pedestrians pause. Everyone stands in silence, remembering those who perished during the Nazi…


The City Girl & Shoofly Pie

Yours truly recently traveled through Pennsylvania Dutch Country, passing horse-drawn carts and horse-tethered plows turning up the rich spring earth. It had been a long time since I actually smelled freshly-plowed soil… accompanied by the ripe smell of livestock. Growing up riding horses made it an enjoyable trip down memory lane. Benedetto, my partner in…