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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...!

Islam is the Problem

Are there moderate Muslims in the world? Certainly. Are they speaking out about radical Muslims and the harm they cause? Not so much. Right now, Islam is on the rampage in so many hotspots of the world, but we’ll target two today: the global jihad (holy war) against Christians and Jews. The first, waged by…


Serious Scholarship at the Archaeological Society

Somewhere near you there’s an archaeological society meeting underway. It’s likely going to be on a midweek night and combine presentations from both professional and avocational archaeologists. Depending on the intensity of the group, the scientific vocabulary may, or may not be over the top. And there will be a lot of attendees in khaki…


The Right Rain Changes Everything

The right rain. There are destructive rains—you know, those severe storms that breed hurricanes, high winds, downed trees, strong flooding, and power failures. But then there are those rains that come in with fresh gusts of wind and a cooling, calming presence. They make everything clean. The humidity halves. The hot temperatures drop. It’s refreshing….


Another Funny Summer Flick

Do you want a movie full of adventure, a bit of Russian language, and dogs? Look no farther. This is a film with no swearing and plenty of good messages. The bad guys get into trouble, and the good guys/dogs come out on top. On Netflix, our family watched yet another in the series of…


Monday Mottoes – #46

To your way of thinking, is there a link between education and manners? One would imagine that there doesn’t have to be any connection per se, but there very well may be. My early-morning travels have encouraged me to reconsider that notion. Generally, when out on the highway journeying before dawn, I take a break…


Celebrating Independence

Barbeques, beaches, fireworks and family – that’s how the Fourth of July is celebrated by many Americans. We celebrate freedom and independence from Great Britain, but what exactly happened on that date? Independence was declared on July 2nd, when the final draft of the declaration was submitted, the very fancy draft was signed by “John…


Ladies’ Night Out

I understand that guys think we talk about them, but really we don’t. Generally. Usually. When I get together with the gal-pals, we have far too much happening in our own lives to mess with theirs.  It’s a mental health thing. I sipped iced coffee while some other ladies enjoyed a light dinner. And then…


Cancer-Locating Canines

We’ve all heard of bomb-sniffing and drug-routing dogs, but a recent report from the U.K. tells of a woman’s dog who alerted her to… cancer in her body. Strange but true, Emilie Clark reveals that her miniature dachshund, Mia, was the first one to let her know that she had a problem. The five-year-old rescue…


Off to the Lavender Fields-!

So we took our little getaway to the south of France. Well, alright, it seemed like Provence, yet it was about an hour outside of DC. I had written earlier about whether to try visiting this lavender farm or not: http://www.destinationsdreamsanddogs.com/to-the-lavender-fields-or-not/. And so, we decided to go. As usual, laboring under a time schedule, we…


Monday Mottoes – #45

I recall my first-ever summer job. I had just turned 16 and felt that it was time to start earning some shekels. At the time, about the most glamorous position I could imagine was to apprentice myself to an attorney—answering the phone, typing, running papers downtown to court. Going methodically through the phone book, I…