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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...!

Digging Under Dire Conditions

Ah, archaeology. In many ways, this is becoming my avocation, and my son’s vocation. If we can survive the field work. It’s not always easy and that’s what many outdoorsy kinds of folks enjoy. By now, we’ve seen it all, depending in which part of the world the excavations are held: snakes & scorpions, snakes…


Monday Mottoes – #56

Over the course of my life, I have observed certain persons succeeding at endeavors for which they are totally unsuited. Often, it came from sheer perseverance and continually trying something new. I admire the “Least Likely to Succeed” folks, knowing that, in some way, we all fit that criteria as long as we’re stretching beyond…


It’s Apple (aapl) Season

I cruised into town around 3:15 am one morning. There in the kitchen sat two bags of apples, courtesy of Benedetto. I would imagine he expected me to make him an apple pie. Maybe after a couple of hours’ sleep, okay? The apples were good choices. The Ginger Gold paper bag was well-beyond half empty,…


At the Department of Motor Vehicles

Our oldest son has been driving for almost two years. In the tiered system of driver’s licenses in the District of Columbia, a student driver slowly works his way up to full privileges. During the first year or two, only so many other young people may be in the car at the same time, usually…


Not Created for Crumbs

I met a lovely lady the other night. An immigrant with a beautiful accent, demeanor, and personage, she had a young son attending the best schools, very cultured and polite. The friend who introduced us smiled and raised her eyebrows, nodding in my direction. It was The Sign: the woman needed help. An expert in…


Grinding Away at Grad School

Here’s to all of the women in university and grad school out there, who need to balance work and family life… while they study either to better themselves or their career. It’s not easy. It takes more than a village. It takes either total isolation, peace and quiet—that’s never going to happen—or it takes an…


Monday Mottoes – #55

“You’re not from around here, are you?” one of Petya’s coworkers asked him. “Not originally,” our almost-18-year-old agreed. “Most of the guys around here don’t like to work. They like getting a paycheck, just not working….” The man was old enough to be his father, and had a 14-year-old son that he wanted Petya to…


The Russian Need to Speak French

It was the beginning of the 19th century and upper-class Russians spoke French… and hardly any Russian at all. Maybe a little to the family servants, but that was it. Some could not even read nor write in Russian. A friend of ours from Paris once gave me a beautiful, old book in French about…


Me and My Gal Pals

Friends can literally make or break a person’s life. Sure, we’re all strong and semi- self-sufficient, but when push comes to shove, having a friend who cares makes all the difference. The other night, my gal pals and I got together. Excitement, chatter, and lots of smiles prevailed. Some came straight from work, others brought…


On Hoagies, Heroes, and Subs

The 18th century Earl of Sandwich might be turning over about now. His idea of placing a quick meal inbetween two pieces of bread has morphed many times over. In some countries, such as Russia, the “booderbrod” is what we might term an open-faced sandwich. In America, bigger is better, and the sub sandwich reigns….