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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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Clinton E-Mails and the Intent to Harm

I texted my husband when the news hit that Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted. Her use of a private e-mail server and the exposure of thousands of sensitive governmental communiques were not considered criminal because no intent to harm had been proven. “Good to tell the police the next time I decide to speed—…

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Grab Bag of Glass Treasures

I’m a matchy-matchy, button-down collar, Execu-Type A personality. Which only goes to prove that even the most calculated, disciplined souls occasionally crave random beauty, just for the sake of it. Which brings me to glass. One day I will share my glass collection with you. I have the intricate, handblown Venetian items originating on the…

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Is Summer Camp Good for Adoptees?

In a nutshell: not. so. sure. Leaning toward not. And mind you, my son is not the nine-year-old, gone away for his first time to sleep-away camp. No, he’s the 19-year-old camp counselor. Here’s the rub: very little has changed since my days at camp, you know, back in the Stone Age. We were not…

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God Bless America–Now More Than Ever

This patriotic song was written by Irving Berlin (born Israel Baline) in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. He had arrived in America from Russia at the age of 5 and became concerned with Hitler’s rise to power after serving America in WWI. The song was recorded by Kate Smith and released on Armistice…

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Quoits, Croquet and Bocce

I am not a snob, really, I’m not. However, as summer swings into high gear, all I can picture is a gathering on the beach, men in khaki pants and white shirts, ladies in white linen tea-length-or-longer dresses and sunhats, playing lawn games. And sipping lemonade. By the seaside. On a grassy lawn. What are…

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Camp Photos from Afar

They are in staff training for the next few days before the campers arrive. Smart move. I ask Petya to send group photos. Here the tribe leaders (counselors) are in a van, smiling wildly. They look normal and happy and dynamic. “Great group!” I text enthusiastically. “They’re all awesome, just like me, hehe,” I receive…

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Desperate Mother Moments

I’m doing okay, thanks, even though my eldest son is far away. Saying goodbye at the train station at 4:00 am was challenging. But he made it to Manhattan, no problem, meeting up with his team and then heading for points north. His two tired parents, myself having slept for all of an hour or…

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My New Personal Assistant

In general, my oldest son acts as my personal assistant. He helps me in so many ways. And now, he’s taking a leave of absence from his job… and from me. Not that it was intended that way… but still…. Petya travels to the Adirondacks to be a volunteer boys’ camp counselor. He came highly…

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Monday Mottoes – #147

There are two schools of thought regarding success and winning in life: 1) winning is everything and 2) winning doesn’t matter. I believe it was Vince Lombardi who asked, “If winning isn’t everything, then why do we keep score?” Games have been developed in recent decades to take the winning/losing aspect of the equation for…

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How to Negotiate Anything Abroad

You can do this. Doesn’t matter if you’re filthy rich and can’t be bothered, for many goods and services in the rest of the world, you are expected to negotiate and haggle the price down. Not to do so would say something of your naivete, as well as make life difficult for the next stranger…