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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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When Adoption Doesn’t Work

Some adoptions don’t work. Just like some marriages don’t work. And often, you get a package, two-for-one deal. My inbox is full of those who have no one who believes them. The toddler/ teen/ young adult is a terror on wheels, and often one spouse never sees it. The smirks, the backtalk, the violence… always…

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Monday Mottoes – #52

All it takes is for something to go wrong—the health, the career, the relationship. Suddenly, you’re thankful for what you had, or what you still have. Or, nothing goes wrong, and you’re so grateful for smooth sailing. To not be facing any immediate oppression is a blessing indeed. No projects derailed at work, no deadly…

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Islamic Terrorism: Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

Are you sick of it like I’m sick of it? Beheadings, gang rapes of hundreds, children chopped in half. A photo of a 7-year-old grinning and holding a severed head, eight family members gunned to death with an open Bible on their couch, women and children kidnapped as slaves. This is what’s happening to Christians…

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On Food, Family, and Being Foreigners

If you can relate to any of the above topics, here’s a fun summer film for you. Loaded with meaning about what’s important in life, what’s worth fighting for, and what’s worth making peace for, this film will have any “foodie” smiling… and salivating… in no time. It deals with a family responding to the…

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Scotties Who Survey Their Kingdom

It was a very rainy day. Very rainy. So rainy that I didn’t want to go out and play. When the deluge finally subsided, I decided to stay on the back steps and survey my kingdom, but not put one paw onto the soggy yard. So here I sit, sniffing, enjoying, blinking beneath my bushy…

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Golf Garb

So, our oldest son who will be pushing 18 years old come fall, is working part-time at a golf course this summer. He loads golf clubs into carts, preps the carts for customers, rides around on a mesh-enclosed tractor-like cart to scoop up hundreds of wayward balls and more. As anyone starting a new job,…

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Monday Mottoes – #51

We brush our teeth, we walk the dog, we grab something to eat. We field phone calls, we send e-mails, and we meet in live or video-conferencing. Every day, much is accomplished simply by putting one foot in front of the other. But what about the “optional” areas of life? You know, all of the…

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Even the Good Life Has Bumps in the Road

It’s not easy being moi. Required to complete a number of lectures this week, my son and I hurtled down the highway before the crack of dawn to visit yet another city, participate in seminars, and set off for our second house. At the dacha, we had more command performances for that evening. “Ouch!” I…

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The Russian Hackers

I’ve met these cyber-guys online when they tried to bring down this venerable site last year. Hack, hack, hack. You’d think they were Paul Bunyan the logger hacking away. They never gave up. We changed passwords and codes repeatedly. They tried, and tried again. It was all-out war. As though we’re anybody special. So now…

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Taking Classes with Your Teen

You have not experienced life to the fullest until you enroll in a class with your teen son or daughter. You have not learned how full your life used to be until you reduce yourself to tagging along with said son or daughter. I used to be his chauffeur. Then he learned to drive. I…