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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...!

The Secret Life of a Scottie

 A beautiful day, slightly cool at last. The dogs head outside to inspect the back perimeter and make sure that our domicile is safe and secure on a sunny day. Misha sits still as a statue and bluejays surround him. Pensive on the wrought iron steps, leading to the urban garden. Usually, he runs like…


Monday Mottoes – #107

We’ve probably all heard the oft-told story of the builder contracted to build a magnificent home. The investor had the best plans, the highest-quality finishes, and a great crew to do the job. But the contractor decided to cut corners here and there, often in areas that would not be seen by the average observer….


The Secret Dangers of Hand Sanitizers

Okay, who knew? I mean, it’s not like I live under a rock. As a matter of fact, I rock all around the globe, lol. However, by not having kids under 12, I guess I could be considered out of touch on this issue. It turns out that American kids face an epidemic of sorts…


Wild Animals Acting… Wild

Okay, this should be self-evident, but apparently it’s not: wild animals are… wild. No matter how well you train them, play with them, and feed them, they are not domesticated and don’t want to be. I know. I have two Scotties. Though they are sweet, loveable and cuddly, they have their wild sides, too. And…


A Woman’s Work

“A woman’s work is never done,” goes the saying. Whoever penned such a line knew what she was talking about-! The other day as I’m about to run out to take our major exam, I whip up lunch for the troops and feed and let out the dogs to run in the yard, while cramming…


A Test of Nerves and Archaeological Knowledge

Three intensive years had passed and the day of reckoning had arrived. Time to take our archaeological certification exams. My son began the program with a nearby state archaeological association and I functioned as his chauffeur. We ended up attending lectures together, undertaking fieldwork, working in the lab together. Both of us were in the…


Happy New Year 5776

It is Rosh HaShana, the Jewish new year, also known as the Feast of Trumpets. The shofar (ram’s horn) sounds 100 times in synagogue, summoning people to repent and rejoice. At home, we dip our apples in honey, symbolizing a sweet new year. There are pomegranates and a sweet, round, braided challah bread. Rosh HaShana…


Keystone Kops: The Kids’ Summer Job

Readers imagine that I make stuff up about my kids. I don’t need to—our reality is more “out there” than any reality show. Hence, the last day of our two middle teens’ summer job provides me with much material. Apparently, it was an eventful day. Pasha, 18.5, arriving home, breathless: “They gave me keys and…


Showing Up in Life

Researchers inform us that much of a college student’s success may be accurately predicted by their ability to show up to class. Sleep in, cut out, skip class, goof off—it all spells trouble. The same may be true for lots of life: show up and you’re well on your way. Whether it’s the office party,…


Flush the Toilet, Please

The mind is a terrible thing to waste. And it happens a lot when you’re a parent. You find yourself constantly repeating, nagging, cajoling, trying to reason with the unreasonable…. It’s a well-known fact that most of the great minds throughout the ages did not have kids. But that doesn’t help me. I have kids…