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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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How Josh & Anna Duggar Can Get Help

Life in the fishbowl. Unless you’ve lived it, you can only imagine. Looks like fun, the celebrity, the access, the perks. Sometimes. Other times, it’s the exhaustion. You’re always “on”. You might be shopping for toothpaste and people come up and want to talk. Someone might think you’re overdisciplining a child as they listen in…

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Does Slow and Steady Work?

In a word, no. Whoever said, “Slow and steady wins the race” was obviously not intent on getting anywhere fast. Putting one foot in front of the other is always a good idea. When it comes to exercise, many are the days when I pull myself out of bed early in the morning, or stay…

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Text-Messaging via Tin Cans

I don’t know why I even try to text-message my husband. I realize that he’s Very Busy. So am I. That’s why I text, for quick communiques and questions. It’s not like I’m trying to make conversation…. He never has his phone on. Maybe that should tell me something. I text my son. “If you…

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Summer Slowdown in the Fast Lane

My family seems to think that summertime is for having fun. While I undertake two grad programs, work, supervise four kids with crazy schedules, make time for one husband and two needy dogs, and shuttle between homes, they’re interested in non-stop fun. I’ve found myself playing along… and then getting back to business. What are…

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Monday Mottoes – #103

Most of us are rational human beings. Most of us. Most of the time. Not taking into account family members or employees who might push us over the edge. We once had a guy working for us who thought his whole job description involved arranging his social calendar. His office was not far from mine…

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Capacity Building

Recently, I’ve been considering capacity building—whether in terms of human potential, mental capacity, financial capacity, leadership capacity and organizational capacity. What are the attitudes or beliefs or practices that limit us in life? Is the desire to change and expand ourselves enough? Or are some folks, no matter how earnest they are, simply incapable of…

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Russian Rubles and A Rough Summer at the Dacha

It’s said that one out of three Russians owns a dacha, a generally-small summer cottage, occasionally one room, usually without running water. There’s a well to pump water outside, along with the ubiquitous Russian rural outhouse. There’s also a rush-hour on Fridays to get to the remote outskirts of cities, whether by car or by…

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Are You Settling?

Many good people settle for bad things. It’s because the bad things are sometimes thought to be not that bad, like the babushka (granny) in St. Petersburg, Russia, implicated in the murders of 11 people whom she decapitated and ate for dinner, hacking some to death while they were still alive. I believe we would…

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Is Trump Anti-Women?

The King of Put-Downs, Donald Trump, demonstrated his lack of class last Thursday night and in the days following. Going after his perceived enemies with abandon, he brought a new low of personal attacks to the forefront of politics. Boring – Carly Fiorina, Fat Pig – Rosie O’Donnell, Bimbo (& other comments that we will…

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Monday Mottoes – #102

I’m blessed with very special friends. We can share anything with one another, our highs and lows, our joys and heartaches. At any given moment, I may be carrying on five different text conversations in as many alphabets, ranging from silly to serious. It can get me into trouble, at times, because I tend to…