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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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Mother’s Day Gifts

I have to laugh. I’m not sure that I fit any motherly gift-giving profile: the Geek Mom, the Crafty Mom, the Gourmet Mom, the Musical Mom, the New Mom, the Grand-Mom. I don’t need chocolates nor alcohol, jewelry is always nice, but it was just my birthday. Statistically, women say that they want a meal…

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Packages and Deliveries that Self-Destruct

No, this is not a story on terrorism, though it could be. I well remember when I first moved to Israel as a young bride. I had visited there for an entire summer a couple of years before, meeting my husband-to-be along the journey. Now, we were both there and opening bank accounts. Shuffling from…

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Russians and Ice Cream

Russians love ice cream, that’s all there is to it. They will eat it in the summer and winter, and that’s really something when you consider a raging Russian winter…. They will consume the pre-packaged Eskimo variety, or the soft-serve in a cone. Today, I took my kids over to FunRussian.com online where Viktoria told…

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Archaeology Exam Prep

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” it’s not. Popular TV shows on treasure-hunting-as-archaeology it’s not. In addition to my son’s undergraduate and my graduate studies, in our spare time we’re studying with a local archaeological program Focused on lab, field, and survey, it’s soon going to be time for exams. And study, we must. Never mind…

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Monday Mottoes – #88

Self-image is a biggie. How you perceive yourself has a lot to do with how far you go in life, as long as you’re willing to put hands and feet to your vision. But it starts with being able to picture yourself in a role. Perhaps no one in your family ever attained a higher…

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May Day

Today is my birthday so I painted my toenails, kissed the dogs, and ate some frosting. Life doesn’t get much better than that. If I said I flew to an exotic foreign destination with a dozen of my closest friends, you would become jealous. So I won’t say that. Instead, I will drink seltzer water…

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Life of Fred

It’s hysterical, whimsical, delightful and practical. “Life of Fred” is an elementary level math program on steroids with high school language arts, as well. Its entertainment value stems from its eccentricity, written by Stan Schmidt, Ph.D, and his books’ main protagonist, Fred Gauss, born on the western slopes of the Siberian mountains. Professor Schmidt doesn’t…

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Just Say… No?

I’m all for boundaries, I really am. If you’re not careful, family/friends/children/ mates/bosses/workers/ strangers/the government/professors might walk all over you. So we’ve learned to “just say no”. That’s a good idea if you’re offered drugs, or your tenth volunteer opportunity this week at the kids’ school, or a lateral move at work that’s tantamount to…

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When Your Baby is Hurt

It was quite late one night when I noticed that Grisha the Scottie was limping. Already fast asleep on our bed, I thought that he might have been stretching and felt some middle-aged stiffness setting in.   The first clue was that Grisha peered straight into my face and held my gaze, as though saying, “Help…

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Monday Mottoes – #87

Later this week, it will be my birthday. A rather natural occurrence, I consider the alternative and am grateful. While I may look slightly different as the years pass by, I truly feel “myself”. Also, I believe that I have all of my faculties, although some might argue the fact…. Which brings us to today’s…