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Holiday Stress Relief

In the same manner that some of us love the holidays, others feel overwhelmed by stress and judgment from relatives. They feel as though they don’t measure up, they say and do the wrong things, they appear as less-than. Obviously, whatever you can change that you want to change, do it. Beyond that, what can…

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The Joyful Pressures of a Holiday Family Gathering

It’s a shame that so many families live far from one another. These days, it often takes a funeral or a family gathering to get folks together, up close and personal. Often, too close, kind of “in your face”. I mean, where else would you learn whether or not your cousin eats like a truck…

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Reminiscences of the Russian Revolution

October 1917 is a date that will go down in history for much longer than the past 100 years. Only it wasn’t October. The October Revolution, or the Bolshevik Revolution, actually happened in November 1917 due to the Julian calendar used at that time in Russia. How might I have reminiscences of this event? Contrary…

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When Travel Turns Tragic

Believe me, I know that terrible things might transpire when traveling the world. Did I ever tell you about the time when three elderly Chinese women, puffing on opium pipes, wrinkled like a raisin-skinned snake about ready to shed its skin, tried to jump me? But I digress…. I was young and naive, taking a…

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90-Day Foolishness

The other day, our family watched TV for the first time in a long time. Somehow, lacking anything of any substance, we ended up with TLC’s “90-Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days”. Not sure if that was a good move, or a bad move.… One thing’s for sure: watching this train wreck of K-1 visa…

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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…