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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...!

Not #MeToo

My heart goes out to all of the women sharing stories of sexual harassment. You’re brave to speak up, even in industries where you have been threatened and intimidated. Most of us regular bystanders to this epidemic understand that there are a lot of male shmucks in the world. Apparently, more than we ever imagined….


And Then There Were Four… Wisdom Tooth Diary

Our kids from Russia have been through it. They arrived as preteens with all sorts of dental issues. Our youngest, Sashenka, had 21 cavities. Since that time, around turning 18 years of age, each required the extraction of all four wisdom teeth. We’re down to the last one. Sashenka just turned 17 and has been…


Job-Hunting Realities

It staggers my mind how many people don’t like playing with the facts in life. They would rather keep their head in the sand instead of moving out of their comfort zone and getting what they truly want. And then whining about it! So today, we’re going to pull back the mysterious curtain and take…


How To Let It Go…

There seems to be a national epidemic sweeping our land. The most major illustration of this phenomenon arose following the presidential elections and culminated in Sen. John McCain’s recent suggestion to Hillary Clinton: Time to hush up and move on. Why keep living in the past? Why keep making excuses for failure? Why keep rehashing…


Monday Mottoes – #218

I hope your Thanksgiving was full of great times with family and friends. Or, quiet and peaceful. Or, adventuresome and action-packed-! There’s something for everyone when you set out with the right intentions for your situation. Sometimes, you need to simply target what you really want or what would really work for your personality and…


Cleaning, Not Accumulating, This Black Friday

I’m one of the few that chooses not to run with the lemmings on Black Friday. Yes, I’m up uber-early every day, so it’s not that appealing to head out to go… shopping! Accumulation isn’t appealing to me right now. I actually should be downsizing in so many ways. So today, at before-crack-of-dawn, I was…


Happy Thanksgiving!


Russia Meddling in Other Countries

Somewhere along the line, somebody was drinking the Koolaid. Folks were believing that Russia, the country with the largest land mass in the world, would be content to just live and let live. Anyone who has visited Russia, lived in Russia, had a Russian grandmother or read Russian literature knows otherwise. Let’s stick with the…


Holiday Stress Relief

In the same manner that some of us love the holidays, others feel overwhelmed by stress and judgment from relatives. They feel as though they don’t measure up, they say and do the wrong things, they appear as less-than. Obviously, whatever you can change that you want to change, do it. Beyond that, what can…


Monday Mottoes – #217

It’s Thanksgiving week, a great time of year, however, not not a time for big announcements nor the settling of family feuds. Just because you may be gathering in person with family and friends, this would not be a time to let any bombs drop. A non-holiday time might be a better opportunity to update…