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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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Petya’s First College Research Paper

Not so much a research paper as a response paper, Petya had been asked to give his opinion on a certain archaeological matter. The university gave first-time college students the opportunity to submit such a paper in order to firm-up their academic writing. The exercise did not count toward their final grade, but was more…

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Service That’s Not Forgotten

Veteran’s Day, with its smattering of sales, parades and concerts, could easily pass without one taking note. We loved, wherever we were, to often recognize the veterans among us and give them a round of applause. This year was much the same with a few exceptions. One, we saw an electronic billboard feting them, which…

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The Solitary Placed in Families

It was a special night, full of the warmth of family and friends. We invited a couple dozen folks over for dinner and a movie. Our oldest brought an acquaintance from work. Another friend arrived with a young boy about 12 years old. “This is Banja,” she introduced us. “Well, hello, we’re so glad that…

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Monday Mottoes – #64

This is a saying that’s been springing up everywhere and it mirrors the days in which we live. With a number of negatives being reported in the news, it can be challenging to stay positive when crazy folks are chopping off people’s heads and things like that. I like the series that begins with “Keep…

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45 Minutes for Moi—I Did It

You would think I had said I was jetting off to have tea with the Queen of England. Everyone stopped in their tracks. Jaws dropped. Another tried to highjack the car. Only one sent me a virtual high-five text from work. I was going out to exercise on my own. Used to do it with…

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Great Expectations

I wonder: do we expect too much? You know, from ourselves, our mates, our kids, our jobs? From life? Do we set ourselves up for disappointment? I’m generally of the opinion that great expectations lead to great outcomes. But you never know. Maybe it works against us. Perhaps we aim, and strive, and target the…

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Our Country Up in Smoke?

Smoking pot on the referendum, doctor-assisted suicide, failing schools and a depressed economy. Where’s our country headed anymore? Do you really think we need drivers under the influence of marijuana? Tourists coming to our nation’s capital to get high? Doctor-assisted suicide? I understand the desire to avoid pain and suffering, but the taking of human…

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The Key to the Success

While we’re doing opinion pieces…. There’s nothing scientific about anyone’s climb to the top. Well, maybe there is, but that just says that they’re boring. I’m referring to that certain “Je ne sais quoi” that separates the men from the boys, the ladies from the girls, the stars from the lumps of coal. Read any…

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Monday Mottoes – #63

Cultural norms vary across the globe. Having lived a lot of life in foreign airport clubs, I can assure you that business people from different countries dress, behave, and follow alternate formats for getting to the bottom line: the making of a deal. I recall explaining to two colleagues at a “business lunch” how I…

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Committed First to Kids or Mate?

A lot of parents struggle with a very basic understanding of loyalty and commitment. Who comes first: the kids or the mate? I tend to revert to a very mature understanding of life, using a complex equation to solve the situation. I say: it all depends. As in: who came first, the chicken or the…