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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...!

Our Well-Groomed Little Guys

What can I say, our Scotties were looking scruffy. Their groomer had retired, and yes, I had tried my best to snip their coats here and there—around the feet, the distinctive eyebrows, the carrot-shaped tail. But no, I’m no superwoman. Despite the fact that we had bought some professional tools, I could not (yet) groom…


Candy Store Mafia

My husband is Sicilian, not that he can help it. He’s not dark and swarthy, more brown hair and hazel eyes, and an all-round nice guy. But stereotypes die hard, as the rest of us from Russian backgrounds understand. He walked into a candy store the other day with a couple of our kids and…


Sick and Sweet or Sickly Sweet

We’ve all heard the phrase “sickly sweet”, referring to something or someone who is excessively sweet to the point making someone else ill, if that’s possible, lol. Well, I’m developing a theory of my own, based on current events. You see, in general, our family doesn’t get sick. I make everyone wash their hands once…


Museum of the Bible Coming Soon

Washington, DC, is set to get another museum in the next couple of years: the Museum of the Bible. Scheduled to be built two blocks from the National Mall, and three blocks from the Capitol, the 430,000-square-foot museum will house 500 world-class artifacts, from ancient manuscripts and papyri, to cuneiform tablets dating from Abraham’s time….


Monday Mottoes – #76

Where there’s life, there’s hope. That’s not the motto for the day, yet it bears repeating because, oftentimes, we give up on ourselves, and we really shouldn’t. Look at the people who have extreme challenges, whether paraplegics, those who have war wounds, or are missing limbs since birth…. They learn to type with a stylus…


Is Putin Autistic or Antisocial?

It’s hitting all of the news sources (outside of Russia, that is) that Pres. Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s Syndrome. A friend in the know sent me the news, which we both corroborated based on our professional amateurs’ psychological understanding that Putin is plain nuts. (Being an equal opportunity diagnoser, I would say the same could…


In the Waiting Room of Wisdom

The age of wisdom is said to be 18 when one’s wisdom teeth erupt. Petya is on the cusp of it and the day arrived for all four wisdom teeth to be removed. He had not been having problems nor pain. However, the x-rays showed that they were already beginning to press from the sides…


Stress, Exhaustion, and Poor Choices

We are the sandwich generation, squeezed between the issues of needy kids and needy parents. Which leads me to ask: where’s the beef? Where are those who can wear the big boy or big girl pants and do mature things, even in the midst of the storms of life? We all know about stress—loved ones…


To Vaccinate or Not?

Used to be, most every child in the U.S. was vaccinated. Families were acquainted with those of earlier generations who had suffered from various diseases and epidemics. To avoid or eradicate such health risks seemed like a dream come true. Then allegations began that the vaccinations and immunizations caused problems all their own, a large…


Monday Mottoes – #75

Have you ever had doubts about a situation, or about yourself? Doubt lifts its head and questions you, trying to poke holes in your confidence. You may wonder if your industry will be downsizing in the near future, or if your mate is as committed to you as you once thought, or if your children…