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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...!
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Summer Road Trip Tips

Ours is a family on the move… as are most these days. With unique schedules, we’re not as tied down to school holidays and breaks as many families with children experience. But if you’re one of the millions about to head for the hills, or the beach, or the city this summer, we can help…

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Happy 75th Anniversary, Archaeological Society of Virginia!

This past weekend, the Archaeological Society of Virginia celebrated its 75th anniversary. Coinciding with the auspicious occasion was the added commemoration of 10 years of headquartering at Kittiewan Plantation, the Colonial home of Dr. William Rickman, head surgeon of the Continental Army in Virginia, constructed 1770-1790 and occupied by Union Army in June 1864. My…

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Me and My Gym Buddies

I’m old enough to be their mother. Oh, actually, I am Petya’s mother…. And the others—well, I know their mothers, lol. But rather than go to the gym with other middle-aged women, I make my way there once a week with these young guys. We meet around 9:30 pm with me staying for all of…

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Monday Mottoes – #94

Obstacles in life occur to most all of us. We have a dream or destination in mind and everything and everyone conspires against our arriving there. Doesn’t it seem like that some days? It’s been said, “I can’t seem to win for losing.” So to fight back against any defeatist thoughts, we keep in mind…

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At the Jewish Deli

It’s the end of the school year. Somewhat. Our kids still have a few odds and ends to finish up, such is the nature of homeschool. You don’t finish, you don’t finish. In any event, the days are getting longer, shall we say, and the search for summer jobs is on with a couple of…

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s Chutzpah

Do foreign governments come to America and locate their official Embassy in New York or San Francisco? Consulates, maybe, can be located elsewhere, but our capital is our capital. Not so with Jerusalem, where the United States refuses to place its Embassy, preferring Tel Aviv, instead. Outrageous. It seems that foreign nations have no compunctions…

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In Search of a White Shirt

It’s not easy being a woman in a conservative world. Most of us wear pretty much what we want, when we want. We have some leeway as to color, cut and creativity. Yet, when it comes to certain events, positions or situations, a suit and white shirt is the way to go. And so, I…

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Monday Mottoes – #93

Choices, choices, choices. Naturally, there are people in the world without many opportunities, but the majority of us are surrounded by decisions: where to live and work, how to spend our leisure time and order our priorities in life. It’s a process of what you decide to accept as valuable and important, along with what…

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Putin’s Propaganda Trolls

Rumors have abounded for years. Putin pays people to like him and his government. If you can’t win friends the legitimate way…. Hopefully, his government is paying these social media whizzes, a few that have tried to comment on this humble blog, because the Russian president needs to protect his own private net worth estimated…

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Our Boy’s Business Lunch

Petya will turn 19 in late September, going to college part-time year-round and working part-time. He started as a volunteer at his office right after his 15th birthday, an intern-of-sorts, becoming a paid employee a couple of years later. Almost four years later, the boss that initially brought him on board was going to retire…