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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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Monday Mottoes – #177

Time is the great revealer, the one measure by which we pull back the curtain of life and discover what really matters. Apart from priorities and a ladder of values, time slips away like wisps of fog as a storm rolls in. Have you ever noticed: the storms of life seem to settle and cast…

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Would You Buy Ivanka’s Clothing Line?

Now here’s a young lady, fashionable, elegant, devoted to her family and her business… whose father now happens to be President of the United States. So you’re telling me that we shouldn’t buy her clothing line? Kinda nuts, in my opinion. If we were all judged by our relatives…. But then again, here are women……

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Creating Creamy Cannoli

Most everyone, even if they’re not of an Italian background, has visited a bakery selling that delightful dessert called “cannoli”. You know the ones— deep-fried pastry tubes the size of a knockwurst, filled with a sweet, cheesy filling similar to cheesecake on steroids. Benedetto, of course, grew up in a family where his mother created…

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Helping the Persecuted

Right now, all around the world, there are those who are suffering for their views, their faith, their ethnicity. It’s pretty rough. Persecution may range from the loss of employment, outright harassment, beatings, rape, imprisonment and death. Something has to be done. Someone has to speak up. Enter our kids. The four of them, with…

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Viewing Reality Undercover-Style

Our kids have a new favorite past-time that teaches lessons to last a lifetime. I’m a firm believer in reality therapy, that the facts can speak for themselves, for those with ears to hear. So here we are, watching several episodes of Undercover Boss, where CEOs wear disguises and don’t tell their employees that it’s…

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Monday Mottoes – #176

With about a week until Valentine’s Day, our thoughts turn toward love and all of its ramifications: romantic love, lifetime love, sacrificial love. For some, love means pain, or romantic movies involving tears. For others, love holds the fairy tale ideal of there always being laughter and no real problems. For professionals, there are those…

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The Future Tense & Our Country

I’m thinking of one particular language which I can speak very well concerning the present and the past. The future? Not so much. It’s not always as easy as English, where you can simply add “will” and voila— suddenly future tense: “I walk home” morphs into “I will walk home” or “I am going to…

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Middle-Aged Dreams & Fantasies

Admit it, the years pass on and many have thoughts of doing something new. There’s no need to run away from the mate or get a new sports car. All you need is a little creativity. But there are themes that appear and reappear these days. In an unscientific poll, here are a few of…

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Big Babies: Get Over It

Every day, or most every day, I have the thrill of assisting four kids, ages 16-20, push and pull their way toward maturity. Lest that not translate: it’s mostly me pushing and pulling. Kids today have a unique way of not wanting to grow up. Used to be, back in the day, back in MY…

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On Having Young Hands & Nails

It’s often been said that you can tell a woman’s age by her hands. She might have had some Botox or other injectables to plump up an aging face but the hands that look like shriveled and speckled prunes will easily give away her age. Personally, I don’t have those problems so much, most likely…