web analytics

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...!

Monday Mottoes – #238

And so the introspection of life in the country and life after a birthday continues. I was rather amazed (I don’t know why I was amazed and I would tend to agree with Nora Ephron that there are many things that shock people over and over which are really not that shocking at all if…

Half-Hearted Men and Mixed Messages

“He’s not that into you.” Or is he? Books, movies and seminars would not be undertaken on the subject of men sending mixed messages if they could just be straightforward about their feelings. Women may imagine the guys to be conflicted, yet, generally they are straightforward. It’s the women who project their own confused feelings…

Women and Guns and Hunting?

Let me state from the start that I believe in women’s rights. As a matter of fact, I believe in women’s superiority in many ways, lol: multi-tasking, handling pain, balancing friendships/family and career… all while looking good. Real good. Men should try it. There’s hair, makeup, manicures, hair removal, pedicures, hair coloring, eyebrow sculpting, teeth…

It’s My Birthday!

May Day signals my birthday, a day to rejoice, to be present and alive on Planet Earth. Opportunities to make a difference and an impact surround me. What a blessing! I’m taking it easy, accomplishing some work, and “watching the paint dry”— or the paint peel— as may be closer to the truth. Just coming…

Monday Mottoes – #237

There are people who drain you and people who entertain you, those who lift and those who sift. Most of life is a balancing act between the two. It always amazes me when those in a professional or educational setting laud someone, yet their own family members or supposed friends don’t even like them. Occasionally,…

Dogs Who Sense a Kindred Soul

Life in the country continues. I am surrounded by hunting dogs. At least I presume they are hunting dogs, I mean, what do dogs do? They’re big, they run around off the leash, and they live on a big farm of sorts. Most days, they languish in the sun. But when they see me, they…

Small-Town Joys

So here I am in the middle of nowhere. Really. What I would generally consider a small town would be a big town in comparison to this. The big town in the environs boasts about 1,000 inhabitants. Just to give you a frame of reference and let you know: I’m not making this up. It’s…

The Blank Slate of an Historic Home

The 18th century plantation house rose in the mist of early morning. A group of archaeologists had convened upon this endangered site where the homeowner proved amenable to all of us poking around, laying out squares and basically, getting to the bottom of the history behind his property. It most likely had featured prominently in…

Eating for Longevity

What is a healthy diet? What do folks eat around the world— you know, the men and women living into the three digits? Well, it all depends who you ask. In Japan, they’re eating seaweed and green tea, in Sardinia, lots of milk and cheese. In Greece, it’s beans, lentils, greens and honey along with…

Monday Mottoes – #236

By now you’ve heard the news of the partially-nude, positively-disturbed gunman who opened fire at a Waffle House outside of Nashville in the wee morning hours on Sunday. I don’t like to mention the names of those who seek nefarious means of acquiring publicity, so I will refer to him without any name. Never mind…