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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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The Power of Preparation

Half of my life is spent in preparation. No, maybe more. I prep for meetings, and phone calls, and meals, and trips. Most of all for trips. And my whole life is one trip or another. I research airfares, which hotels or apartments are where, how to take a foreign metro when the signs are…

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Monday Mottoes #140

Many are the thoughts and ruminations when it comes to Mother’s Day. For some, it’s a happy celebration, for others, bittersweet with the consideration of their own struggle to conceive or their own mother’s passing…. For many, it’s a realization that there are no days off, even Mother’s Day, lol. Which brings us to today’s…

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The Power of Perspective

Everything comes down to perspective, I’m convinced of it. Having a discussion with a friend and he says it’s all about where you sit. That’s absolutely true. What you “see” depends on where you’re sitting. For me, my goal includes not sitting down on the job. If I have to figuratively stand for the rest…

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Mindful Mentoring

It’s been a wild past 24 hours. All sorts of mayhem, trials and tribulations as I face a major public address and as my husband heads away for a couple of days with a great young guy that he’s mentoring. I don’t even know if mentoring is the proper term. These days, young adults have…

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Spur-of-the-Moment Whim: Bangs

You know you’re getting older when you’ve lost your mind. Maybe you forget things, misplace things, lose your train of thought. I might be there in more ways than one. All that to say, I’ve recently had a birthday and so today I hovered between an old lady haircut… and bangs. Are you catching this…

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Monday Mottoes – #139

Probably similar to yours, my life is quite complex. Schedules, appointments, family, associates, meals, countries and continents vie for attention. So we co-coordinate, shuffle engagements, hurry up, make it happen. I realized in the early morning hours that I know how to urge someone, “Hurry!” in a good handful of languages. Yet, no matter how…

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Transgender Issues to Cause Homeschool Boom?

I received a text today from a friend concerned about local high schools going transgender in their restrooms and locker rooms. If this legislation is aimed at engendering greater understanding, it’s doing exactly the opposite, this mom reports. Apparently, a huge number of parents are considering homeschooling. They’ve had enough. And they’re all starting to…

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How Did the Kids Fare While Home Alone?

This was the first time we left the kids for a couple of days on their own. Before, they’ve stayed with family friends, or maybe we left them for a few hours overnight, but this time, it was really two-and-a-half days. Never mind that we were sequestered on a mountain with bears and turkeys—our thoughts…

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Benedetto Has Been to the Mountain

So we are finishing up our three-day retreat, or two-and-a-half day retreat, or two evenings and one full day and one half day retreat…. You can tell that the fresh mountain air is getting to me…. We had about three hours of free time one afternoon and my husband, Benedetto, set his heart on climbing…

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Repairing to a Retreat

I am on Cloud Nine. Over the past 24 hours my spirits have been lifted. Benedetto and I have taken a couple of days, time that we normally don’t have, since we can rarely spare two hours, much less two minutes, but we have left on a retreat. Shhh… quiet… conversation… no kids… some interactive…