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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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Russian Christmas

Russian Christmas Eve begins tonight on January 6th, with the actual holiday on January 7th. Orthodox Christians celebrate this date as the birth of Jesus due to a difference in the Gregorian and Julian calendars. So Russians sing carols house to house, enjoy a meal of 12 different dishes and attend church. In our family,…

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What’s the Worst That Could Happen in Our Kids’ Future?

Don’t answer that question.  We’re not talking about a life of crime, just everyday laissez-faire and ennui. The worst that could happen? I’m a glass-half-full kind of gal, so it’s not hard to imagine when it comes to our kids in their late teens and early twenties. All but one seem determined to head nowhere……

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Holiday Chocolate Overdose

We were once at the vet’s when a pooch was rushed in who had found some holiday chocolates, gobbled down the box on a low table, and then had to have his stomach pumped lest he die. I am that dog. Well, not really, only mentally. You see, every year people purchase tons of chocolates…

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Allowing a Son or Daughter to Crash & Burn

To look at it, on the surface, our children are model individuals. They really don’t have that many bad points. Whether that may be attributed to the children, or to the parents, is hard to determine. There are some kids who just go with the flow and live in harmony and do their best. We…

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Monday Mottoes – #172

It was New Year’s Eve, not the late, late hours before midnight, but definitely after dinner. My son and I headed to the gym in an effort to stem the spread of calories from an indulgent holiday dinner. Not that the meal was so over-the-top, but, let’s just say it was definitely more than our…

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S’more-like Dreidl Desserts

I was perusing an issue of Woman’s Day magazine and came across the most amazing recipe, perfect for a Hanukkah dessert or snack. They looked like small dreidls, or the spinning tops, generally played with during the holiday. The ingredients made me think: S’mores on a stick! Here’s what you need to gather: thin pretzel…

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Reluctant to Resolve?

I know, I know, it’s that time of year again— goals, resolutions, aims— and you’re skittish. I understand. What’s the point of dreaming and thinking and planning, if come next December, you’re right back in the same boat? You’re reluctant to resolve. You see no earthly reason to make big plans and then not have…

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Lovable Cafe Dogs

My idea of a good time would be to take our dogs to an outdoor cafe, get them a bowl of water and me a cappuc and relax for a few minutes. Unfortunately, not all countries allow this, due to health laws. So I take what I can get. And what I can get is…

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Daughter-in-Law-to-Be Gifts?

This is a category I have not yet explored. Our 20-year-old son seems fairly serious about a certain young lady. Now that the holidays are here, I hear that her family has a symbolic Chrismukkah stocking hanging for him in their home. She is coming to visit us soon and I consider what we might…

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Monday Mottoes – #171

Blank pages spread before us for 2017, what will we write? What will we imagine or dream? Does the inspiration come from outside of us, or deep within? What’s a priority, what deserves our time and attention? Is it God speaking to us, our mate calling out for attention, the boss asking for more, or…