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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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Phoneless and Homeless

The family headed out for a one-day getaway in honor of our oldest son’s upcoming 20th birthday. Hot on the heels of the successful meeting of my deadline, I was beyond exhausted, but happy. Leaving the house before dawn, we packed up the troops on our way between Point A and Point B… in order…

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AmeriMama Lures Pregnant Russians

With headlines blazing, I thought for a moment this was a program for pregnant Russian women to give birth in America… in order for Americans to adopt Russian babies-! Now there’s an idea to skirt Russian anti-American adoption laws. But instead, it’s a scheme whereby Russian women come to a New Jersey hospital to receive…

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On Boyfriends & Girlfriends

Our kids don’t date. They range between from 20 years old later this month, to 16 years old next month. With four teens in the house, hormones are sure to run high. All the more reason why not to date, lol. It’s not that we’re against dating. No, I take that back. Who am I…

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Sick, Depraved Attack in South Sudan

The details will make your skin crawl. The report has come to light one month later. International aid workers, primarily Americans, were targeted for attack in South Sudan. Living in a protected compound, they never imagined being violently overrun by South Sudanese forces last month who would repeatedly rape, beat and rob them in their…

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The Palestinians are Their Own Worst Enemies

Evil generally does not get better with time. Neither does the Palestinian situation. In the latest untenable situation, a Palestinian father pushes his four-year-old son toward Israeli soldiers and screams at them to shoot his son, to kill him-! Unbelievable. Naturally, the soldiers do nothing of the sort and actually extend their hand in peace…

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Sleeping with Strangers

No, this is not THAT kind of article. We’re talking about professionals having to room with other professionals, whether on a business or remote research trip. It happens. Years ago, I laughed at a friend who always worried about his corporate business trips. Though they were top executives, his corporation roomed upper-tier staff together at…

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Free Land in Russia

A couple of weeks ago, a friend sent a news article announcing free land in Russia. Could it be true? Yes, if you were a Russian citizen and felt the pioneering spirit, you could sign up for the latest in Russian-good-ideas-gone-bad. The Russian president approved the scheme whereby one hectare (2.5 acres) would be given…

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Four Weeks Petya-Free

We are more than midway through and actually nearing the end of the month-long leave of absence our oldest son took from his job… and his university studies… and us. Volunteering as a camp counselor, I hear he’s heading out for whitewater rafting early in the morning. He sneaks the occasional text to us once…

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Quoits, Croquet and Bocce

I am not a snob, really, I’m not. However, as summer swings into high gear, all I can picture is a gathering on the beach, men in khaki pants and white shirts, ladies in white linen tea-length-or-longer dresses and sunhats, playing lawn games. And sipping lemonade. By the seaside. On a grassy lawn. What are…

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Camp Photos from Afar

They are in staff training for the next few days before the campers arrive. Smart move. I ask Petya to send group photos. Here the tribe leaders (counselors) are in a van, smiling wildly. They look normal and happy and dynamic. “Great group!” I text enthusiastically. “They’re all awesome, just like me, hehe,” I receive…