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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 Tricky Side of Meeting the Mentally Ill

Our family ventures out and about to a wide variety of of events. We meet and greet those who are older, younger, different ethnicities, professional backgrounds and educational levels. I talk with the kids about conversing with people who may not be their cup of tea, not to overlook those who are a bit unusual….

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Freezing Off Fat

Let’s just say I’m a woman of diverse interests. While North Korea rattles sabers and missiles and Hawaii issues warnings over brain-invading parasites otherwise known as rat lungworm disease, I have other issues to investigate. An e-mail comes into my inbox, I know not why: A spring sale on Coolsculpting, you know, the process by…

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Life Without Boundaries or Standards….

As never before, many cultures and societies have lost their sense of boundaries. We all know of the opposite side of the spectrum — so many boundaries that it seems incomprehensible to those who have never experienced: the total shrouding of women from head to toe lest one square centimeter of skin be exposed, men…

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Monday Mottoes – #185

It was Palm Sunday and I had not checked my e-mails. I mean, one day— not even one day— a few hours of a break in life was too much to ask? By early afternoon, we were traveling again and I caught a glimpse of two communiques from my attorney in another country: “Please call…

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When We Can’t, God Can

It’s a marvelous situation: our oldest son (21 in September) actually listens to us. Parental words of wisdom and encouragement are soaked up by him. He is growing and going because he believes that with God, all things are possible. All of our kids come from trauma and abuse backgrounds, leading to Russian orphanages before…

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Historic Art Curation

How did I find myself seated in a historic plantation home’s gorgeous paneled room dating from the eighteenth century, before the American Revolution, and working on a collection of fine art? I had been called into service as an art historian, or more particularly as a curator of historic frames. Never mind that I possessed…

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Feeling Blue Lately…

How many shades of blue are there? I have a home decorating project—not really for me— long story there— for which I cannot get the right shade of blue. First, it was turquoise (unavailable), then royal blue (grabbed a couple of couches that could be fun), then all that was in stock was teal blue…

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Educated or Skilled

To my way of thinking, everyone should be both educated and skilled. In other words, should you choose to study Early Beekeeping in college and there suddenly becomes no need for ancient apiarist historians, you have something to fall back on. Just sayin’. Fact of the matter is, most people can’t span both worlds and…

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Monday Mottoes – #184

Ageism is alive and well in many industries and organizations. Either you’re too young to be taken seriously and found to be lacking in experience, or you possess a long resume that requires tweaking so it doesn’t read, “Over 100 years of experience in…”! The point is, employers want to know that you’re current, that…

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Human Trafficking with a Twist

My husband and I sat in the human trafficking meeting, a mini-conference of sorts for community leaders banding together to prevent and/or prosecute incidents in our area as the summer months and J1 visa student workers descend. Russians, Filipinos, Ukrainians had often made contact with us in summers past — their passports unlawfully held, accommodated…