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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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Diamonds, Polkadots and Kitchen Rehab Disaster

Friends of mine have handymen on retainers. These guys are wonderful workmen who are so awesome, they often stay to eat dinner with the family. When they decide to jet off to Eastern Europe to see their own aging parents, our friends are left high and dry. Or hot and cold. One family did not…

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Monday Mottoes – #166

It’s Thanksgiving week and most of us become mindful. Different approaches surface at the dinner table on this holiday: some bow their head in prayer, some utter aloud what makes them thankful, some have a moment of silence. Yet, no matter what the faith tradition, or lack thereof, the majority of Americans feel that it’s…

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Dating as a Believer

The Bible, in essence, says very little about dating. In ancient times, young people tended to be married off by their parents, usually a teen girl in her mid-to-late teens to a man who had already established himself, in his twenties or thirties. And that was that. Be fruitful and multiply. Be fruitful and multiply?…

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Solo Train Rides for Teens-?

Our oldest son was 18 years old last summer (almost 19) when we sent him on a train to NYC, where he was gathering with other teens to take a van to upstate NY to serve as a camp counselor for a month. He had flown to NYC the summer before, at age 17, running…

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We Are Now Legal Homeschoolers

Illegal immigrants, illegal workers, illegal earnings… illegal homeschoolers. Every year we try to comply with the rules and regulations given for homeschooling families in our area, knowing that only about 10% of those who educate their children at home ever register with the government. In a city with a whole lot of government going on,…

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Anti-Trump Protests with Play-Doh and Coloring Books

Despite movements to the contrary, there are winners and losers in life. Tests in schools, elections in nations, merit raises in jobs, all cause us to strive to do better. Yet, when Donald Trump wins the US Presidential Election, and Hillary Clinton loses, all hell breaks loose and our highest institutions of learning revert to…

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Monday Mottoes – #165

My family seems to think that when I’m not working, I should be working. For them. Constantly. Without ceasing. Sigh. Write their research papers. Okay, proofread their research papers which end up with enough red ink that makes me thinking of squeezing blood out of a turnip…. And do 101 tasks that they seem incapable…

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Free Russian Language Lessons

Our four high school and college-age kids were taken by us to visit a kind Russian head-of-department at a prestigious university. He gave 30 minutes of his time to discuss with them the fact that Russian has just come up as #2 on the Strategic Languages List and how the US State Department cannot get…

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And The Votes Are In…

Despite my schedule of monitoring events and running empires on several continents, the extreme tiredness and exhaustion causing me to nod off from time to time, I could not turn off the late-night election coverage. The realization that we would have a new president by morning kept me going. Occasionally, I just wanted to sleep…

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Basic Types of Adoptees & Their Issues

It may go without saying, yet we must state the obvious: becoming available for adoption means that something bad has happened. A parent died, a caregiver proved unsuitable for meeting basic needs, the child was found by the authorities to have been starved/abused/neglected/living in squalor, or any of a host of other horrific issues. There…