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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…!

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Terrorism, Tunnels and Biden’s Blunders

Joe Biden needs to sit down and be quiet. On Monday, he rebuked Israel, the only Middle Eastern democracy, just after they had been hit by a terror attack in Jerusalem. Apparently, that’s his friendly face. Earlier in the day, Israel had uncovered yet another terrorist tunnel from Gaza into Israel. This is particularly significant,…


Are You Swamped, Too, or Is It Just Me?

I am over-involved. My “Just Say No” button has broken. I have no off switch. I am swamped. Some would say slammed. I don’t like slammed. “I was so slammed at work.” No, too uncultured for me. Sounds like somebody’s hitting you. I was swamped, inundated, overwrought, if you must. In essence, too much to…


Monday Mottoes – #137

Outstanding people tend to stand out in a crowd. Good to remember in a day and age when many want to blend in and be like everybody else. There’s only one “you” out there. Your distinct mix of abilities, interests and talents cannot be duplicated, no matter how many others seem to be similar. Your…


Russian Customs to Keep in Mind

A couple of times in the next couple of months, I plan to be in Mother Russia. No matter that I come from these origins in terms of family background, I find it best to review matters that don’t immediately dawn on foreigners. While there are entire books written on the subject of Russian customs…


Bathrooms on a Dig

As the spring dig season shapes up, budding archaeologists face a variety of conditions. If you’re concerned about dirt, snakes, holes, heat or cold, archaeology might not be your thing. Should those concerns include bathroom issues, it’s really not for you. Lightbulb moment: An excavation might not be for me. A bit too late for…


Springtime Archaeological Digs

Putting Russia on hold for the moment while the story continues to reach epic proportions, we turn our sights to… archaeological sites. Many opportunities arise as spring arrives and most likely Petya and I will head to a few for varying lengths of time. Which brings up the issue of what kind of digs are…


Back at the Russian Embassy

Who knows if they operate like this worldwide, but the Russian Embassy in our part of the world brings rather predictable behavior to the table. Visiting them repeatedly over the past decade, I imagined that some things would change, yet instead, they remain pretty much the same. With a few minor changes. If that makes…


Monday Mottoes – #136

Thomas Edison has captured my attention of late. To me, he seems such a model of inspiration, of perseverance and of creativity. Unless you have contact with some start-ups or immigrants, this is not necessarily the kind of mindset that one often sees today. It simply strikes me as commonsense: if you keep trying, you’ll…


Banking for the Busy

“Para Espanol?” The prompts are heard over the telephone for the umpteenth time as I begin all over again in the electronic menu. I cannot believe that the computer refuses to comprehend one- or two-word statements that I utter slowly and clearly. So I try, “Your ridiculous bank technology is messing up my life big-time…


Women Taking Over the World: On the Back of a Napkin

Got together with my gal pals over coffee. Some of the regulars couldn’t come, allowing me time to bond with a few new friends. Absolutely amazing. What great ladies. What fabulous ideas. It’s then that we hatched our plan to take over the world on the back of a napkin. In a way, I’m joking….