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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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Terrorists Claiming the Hearts & Minds of a Generation

It baffles the mind, it really does. Why would suburban teens and twentysomethings from other countries rally to join the bloody rampage of ISIS? Too many videogames where virtual enemies are happily snuffed out by warm and well-fed young people? I would argue that most everyone was created to live for something. Or fall for…

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Why Do Families Homeschool?

On a bad day, I wonder that myself. It would be so much easier to plunk them down on the school’s doorstep and entreat, “Do something with them.” Unfortunately, I think that my kids may be lost forever—educationally, emotionally, spiritually, or socially if that were to occur. Don’t get me wrong. These are not hothouse…

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Gender Confusion at the Gym: Planet Fitness Plays Dumb

Oh. come. on. You gotta be kidding. After 100 years, I finally join the gym. I plunk down my $10/month and work out a couple of times a week, interspersing with my normal outdoor routine. I wait till the new year rush of January/February resolution-makers runs out and at last, I feel hopeful that I…

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The Road Less Traveled: Staying Home for Spring Break

Exhaustion, snow storms, the economy, or any of a number of other considerations can lead folks to stay home come spring break. I mean, if you can’t get away, you can’t. Often thought to be a vacation time for college students, many professionals and families in the Northeast and Midwest are ready to head somewhere,…

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Monday Mottoes – #80

Here’s hoping that the snows are pretty much over, International Day of the Woman has come and gone, the clocks have sprung forward, and it’s time for change. The sunshine’s warm rays encourage us that anything is possible. No matter what the time of year, no matter what the weather (apart from downpours and deluges),…

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Travels with Mama

I’m going on a roadtrip, not by myself and not with the whole family. This is where it gets tricky. This time, I’m taking the oldest (18.5) and a family friend in his early 20s. “Mama, does he know how we travel?” our other teens (18, 16.5, 14) ask. “How do we travel?” I echo…

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What is Purim & Why It Matters

The Jewish holiday of Purim is little known in the world-at-large, yet its significance is massive. In 586 BC, the Jewish people had their Temple in Jerusalem destroyed by the invading armies of King Nebuchadnezzar. Years later, Babylon falls to the Medes and Persians. Living in captivity and exile in Babylon and Persia (modern-day Iran…

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Netanyahu Knows Best

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the US Congress eliciting everything from attacks to applause both here and abroad. With his own re-election approaching in Israel, this was not the best time for him to come to America to be critiqued this way and that. I have my own novel take on why he…

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Shooting the Opposition Messenger, Russian-Style

Yet another of Russian President Putin’s opponents was gunned-down over the weekend. Boris Nemtsov, 55, walking across a bridge over the Moskva River with his Ukrainian model-girlfriend, 23, near Moscow’s Kremlin. He was shot to death from a speeding car and his companion remained unharmed. She is being held as a witness. The opposition leader…

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Monday Mottoes – #79

One of the greatest turn-around stories I’ve ever heard comes from one whose work I don’t exactly admire, more due to personal taste than any lack of talent. Instead of focusing on her work, I admire her as a person of courage and tenacity, a woman who was once down-and-out and yet had a dream…