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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…!

Join us for international adventure with our fast-track family holding Old World values while adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go...!

Mashenka’s Custom-Made Future

Her eyes gazed into mine as we sat on the couch together. Mashenka, our 18-year-old daughter, was facing her senior year in high school with absolutely no idea of what to do with the rest of her life. Graduate high school – yes; beyond that – blank canvas. She had enough people praying for her…


Monday Mottoes – #153

In light of the Rio Olympics, I felt led to take today’s inspirational quote from a former competitor. After all, Olympians know about winning in life and what it takes to achieve against incredible odds. The athletes must possess motivation, determination and stamina. Many of them rise long before dawn to gain access to playing…


My Needy Scottie, Misha

Sometimes my big baby Scottish Terrier, Misha, needs his mommy. The other day, I was turning in to bed and I heard a jingling outside my upstairs door. Misha. Now, mind you, Misha and Grisha are not allowed upstairs near the bedrooms in our one house. However, at the dacha, they can come and go…


Hand Over Heart or Heart Bursting with Pride?

American gymnast Gabby Douglas is in the news again. Part of the 5-woman team, Douglas has been under attack for everything from not measuring up over the past year, to her hairstyle and other criticisms. And now, after the team’s win and the National Anthem playing while the American flag is hoisted high… the whole…


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…


The Fundraising Dinner

Generally, Benedetto and I don’t have the time nor the inclination to attend free dinners that turn out to be anything but free. But this night, it was actually a topic/cause that piqued our interest, and thus we headed out to regions beyond, imagining that several acquaintances would be in attendance. We were not disappointed….


Monday Mottoes – #152

Look at that sweet doggy face. He stares up at you, waiting, longing to get a response. He nuzzles into your leg or stretches across your lap, luxuriant in sleep, twitching and running free in his dreams. He lets you pick him up, cradle him like a baby, dress him in a coat, brush his…


Women in Danger Worldwide

It’s dangerous out there, people, and particularly dangerous for women in a whole lot of the world. Things are not getting better, and if anything, becoming worse in an ever-widening swath on the globe. In an election year, there’s a need for decisive steps to save our country and those elsewhere requiring help. It’s not…


Pressing Through Procrastination

I’m on a balanced-time diet and it’s not so simple. Just as it would be easier to eat only one’s favorite food, it’s easier to do what we want, when we want. For now, I need to have no more room for excuses, no tyranny of the urgent sabotaging all else. So I’m biting the…


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…