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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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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…

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A Funny Thing Happened on our Way to Archaeology

For one day this weekend, my son and I needed to squeeze in a couple of hours of archaeology. Literally. Two hours. TWO HOURS. This would complete our two-year certification program which really didn’t amount to a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, yet provided us with hundreds of hours of lab, excavation…

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Dogs Gone Wild

Our city house has a small backyard that’s fenced so the dogs can run and explore. The two Scotties, Misha and Grisha, have constant adventures as though the world were spreading before them. In reality, it’s a patch of grassy lawn, some flowers and veggies, raspberries that they love to pilfer, lots of trees around…

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A Clean House… with No More “Stuff”

The younger you are, the more impressive things/ possessions/ collections are. I think I could start a few museums with all of my “stuff”, and that’s a good idea, because museums are for collections. In a house, in a life, it tends to overwhelm. I’m tiring of stuff, of noise, of nonsense. My eyes linger…

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Monday Mottoes – #62

Heard a great quote the other day, very insightful in a number of ways. You see, everyone faces challenges in life, some more than others. We often shy away from problems because who doesn’t like smooth sailing? Yet, as a Chinese proverb says, “Smooth sailing doesn’t make skilled sailors.” This can apply to so many…