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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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Manicures

I’m not a girly-girl.  Well, actually, in many ways I am—I enjoy cooking, wearing makeup, having my hair done as nicely as possible.  I even match my clothes on most occasions since it’s hard to go wrong with black – black – and a bright… something or other. Let’s put it this way:  I make…

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Honor and Respect Pay Off

We’ve tried to teach our children to honor and respect others.  When they greet adults, they know to stand and shake hands.  If attending a reception, they might bring someone a napkin or a soft drink.  At a dinner, they wait to eat until everyone else is seated and served. Petya, who has a part-time…

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Our Dogs’ Love Languages

The family’s two Scotties, Misha and Grisha, each have a language all their own.  I’d like to think of them as love languages, yet, sometimes, they’re anything but.  Take, for example, Misha’s powerful nose hitting me in the back of the knee should I venture into the kitchen and not toss a tidbit his way. …

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Must-See Movie

Around the spring holidays, there are numerous religious films featured on television and in movie theatres each year.  Whether it’s “The Ten Commandments”, “Ben Hur”, or “The Robe”, some closely approximate Old or New Testament events, whereas others contain liberal doses of extra-Biblical Hollywood drama.  Currently, there’s “Noah” and “Son of God” in cinemas alongside…

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Monday Mottoes – #32

Bravery, strength, and spirit.  These are not the character traits readily found in society today.  If the Titanic were going down in our time, I wonder how many would call, “Women and children first!” while the band played, “Nearer My God to Thee” and wealthy heads of industry sank to a certain death. Laying your…

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Mid-East Peace Process Goes Kaput

Well, well, well, no surprises this week in the news.  Hot on the heels of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas saying that Palestinians will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state, the Arab League meeting in Kuwait echoed the same sentiment. Do you get this?  The ARAB League insists that they will not recognize a…

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Kids’ Team Sports

I am trying to avoid the high school tennis matches this year.  It’s not that I don’t want to be there for my son, I do, I really do.  But another father recently told me that I couldn’t say, “Good shot,” or anything, or else we might forfeit the match. My son was winning against…

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Crazy College Decisions

Our son-the-high-school-senior receives numerous bits and pieces of college advice, much of which comes from online articles sent to his e-mail inbox.  And I have to laugh, because, for the most part it’s all. very. stupid. Here are a few of the gems that students everywhere are supposed to embrace: 1.  Don’t base your college…

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Rainy Day Roadtrip Thoughts

I do a lot of command performances, not that I am in any way a performer, I just have to be certain places at certain times, rain or shine.  So once again, over the weekend, I’m in a rental car, traveling at high speeds in pouring rain and fog. Better than snow and ice. I…

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Monday Mottoes – #31

Life is made up of a variety of steps.  Not always a linear progression, either.  Sometimes it’s one step forward, and two steps backward; other times, it’s a series of sidesteps. Life calls for fancy footwork, especially when you’re walking on eggshells in a delicate situation, or you need to climb up the corporate ladder. …