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The Early Bird Gets the Corner Office

I travel a lot. And I don’t work for any airlines, lol. And it always amazes me how many people cannot get going early in the morning. They’re wandering through life half-asleep. By “early”, I don’t mean 6:00 a.m. A young teen was quizzing our oldest about his schedule and the mysteries of work and…

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Monday Mottoes – #63

Cultural norms vary across the globe. Having lived a lot of life in foreign airport clubs, I can assure you that business people from different countries dress, behave, and follow alternate formats for getting to the bottom line: the making of a deal. I recall explaining to two colleagues at a “business lunch” how I…

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Very Interesting Veliky Novgorod Finds

A friend sent me the New York Times article sharing some interesting news from Veliky Novgorod. At first, my mind traveled the snow-covered path to Nizhniy Novgorod, which I’ve written about before (http://www.destinationsdreamsanddogs.com/love-that-lasts/, http://www.destinationsdreamsanddogs.com/russian-adoption-delays-and-detours/). It was here my plane was diverted once for six long hours on Valentine’s Day afernoon as I tried my hardest…

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A Teen Business Trip

Real life around our place is much more fascinating than fiction, any day. I shake my head along with the rest of you when I hear of developments, dilemmas, and doggy antics going on under our roof. The latest revolves around Petya, naturally, our eldest who tests the waters and blazes paths for the children…

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Rough Times in Russia

Russia’s day of retribution is coming. You mistreat orphans, you invade other countries, and it’s going to come back to haunt you. According to my worldview, whatever you sow, you’re going to reap. It may be sooner, it may be later, but life doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Many of Russia’s actions in recent years…

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Me and My Matryoshkas

The image has followed me in my dreams since childhood. My grandmother sent me a matryoshka when I was a small girl and it was an incredible gift. I knew of no one else who possessed such a wooden-crafted, handpainted, Russian nesting doll. Crafted since the late 19th century, these mysterious images had not been…

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Back at the Russian Embassy

Everywhere we go, we create an international incident of some sort. Filling out the online form to renew our kids’ Russian passports is adventure enough. We did it last year for the boys, and now the girls needed theirs renewed after five years in the US. As I’ve explained numerous times how to apply (hit…

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Preparing for Papa’s Roadtrip

Benedetto must go away for a day to tend to some business. Problem is, he leaves after addressing an evening meeting, drives all night, tends to his matters the next morning, and then drives back. As any family would worry about an overworked loved one, we try to see that he gets as much sleep…

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On Food, Family, and Being Foreigners

If you can relate to any of the above topics, here’s a fun summer film for you. Loaded with meaning about what’s important in life, what’s worth fighting for, and what’s worth making peace for, this film will have any “foodie” smiling… and salivating… in no time. It deals with a family responding to the…

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The Green Card Interview

Foreign friends surround me and many have reported horrific experiences for their Green Card interview with the U.S. Government. Well, that day finally arrived for a girlfriend who’s been in America for over 25 years. All she wanted was to be legal. No, she didn’t walk across the Mexican border. That would have been much…

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