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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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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…

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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…

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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….

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Top Ten Homeschooling Myths

Everyone’s heading back to school and questions arise when people hear that we’re homeschoolers. The following are some misconceptions, as though learning and homelife simply don’t mix…. Our children play all day and read dictionaries all night to study for spelling bees. We sleep in and let them stay in their jammies to study. The…

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Monday Mottoes – #54

Some people are active during the summer. They swim, boat, toss horseshoes, waterski, picnic and barbeque. Oh, sorry—those last two eating events snuck in there by accident. Back to bikeriding, rollerblading, skateboarding, and jogging along the beach or hiking in the hills. Me? Eh. I try to stay out of the sun by baking cookies….

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On Dogs and the Divine

Dogs are Divine. At least ours are. Not to be confused with a deity, of course, but so many of their traits (other than chasing anything that moves, licking their private parts, and barking non-stop) prove to be more admirable than our own. You know, the whole unconditional love thing…. I love my little fur-babies,…

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The End-of-Summer Family Dinner

You may remember, we started the summer at Benedetto’s sister’s house some three hours away with a family dinner on draped tables and antique chairs sprinkled across the back lawn. By no design of our own, we ended the summer in much the same way, roasting corn and chickens on the grill, complemented by a…

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Country Lanes or Cathedrals

Where do you talk with God? Are you the type that likes to sit by the seashore or on a mountain out in nature and commune, or do you slip into an open cathedral and quietly whisper a prayer? If you can worry, you can pray. Worry is the opposite of prayer, whereas prayer means…

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Wild Women and Our Boys

Apparently, our teen boys are chick magnets. The fact that they don’t date has nothing to do with it, at least not that I can figure out. While I can understand possibly admiring a guy from afar, there are some pretty aggressive young ladies out there these days…. “What happened?” I asked my husband. “Apparently…

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Monday Mottoes – #53

Most of us, if we’re honest or thoughtful, know our strengths. We tend to cater to them. We revel in them, use them, polish them. But our weaknesses? Not so much. Our weaknesses fall outside of the comfort zone, requiring hard work and effort. We’d often rather hop on one good leg than limp with…