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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Feeling Blue Lately…

How many shades of blue are there? I have a home decorating project—not really for me— long story there— for which I cannot get the right shade of blue. First, it was turquoise (unavailable), then royal blue (grabbed a couple of couches that could be fun), then all that was in stock was teal blue…

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Human Trafficking with a Twist

My husband and I sat in the human trafficking meeting, a mini-conference of sorts for community leaders banding together to prevent and/or prosecute incidents in our area as the summer months and J1 visa student workers descend. Russians, Filipinos, Ukrainians had often made contact with us in summers past — their passports unlawfully held, accommodated…

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Life is a Race

As has been said, “The race is not to the swift…” (Ecclesiastes 9:11) and “Let us run with perseverance the race that is marked out for us…” (Hebrews 12:1). Recently, our family has been viewing a number of race scenes from old TV programs, particularly “The Amazing Race” series as teams rush here and there…

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The Beach Cottage Must-Haves

Spring break is upon us and the summer is quickly approaching. Thoughts turn to beach getaway destinations. As a family who has owned or rented properties by various seaside locales, I thought we might share our specs when choosing a special property by the ocean. First of all, the house needs to be near the…

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Attactive, Sealed Bomb Shelters of War

The Festival of Purim, based on the Scroll of Esther in the Bible, happens this weekend. It commemorates the victory of the Jewish people over their Persian enemies in the year 356 BC. In modern terms, the holiday takes me back to 1991, living in Jerusalem and having come through the multiple missile attacks of…

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Monday Mottoes – #180

Online learning and working and shopping makes life so smooth and streamlined. There’s really no need then to deal with traffic jams or nasty folks in the cubicle next to you. Yet, for all those gains comes isolation and learning to mix with others has its benefits. As the European Union considers requiring travel visas…