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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…!

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The Drop-Off

I’m glad I don’t believe in Murphy’s Law, because when it came time to get our kids off to their one week of sleep-away camp, we would have exceeded Murphy’s expectations.  In other words, just about everything that could go wrong… tried to. Friday night, 11:00 pm.  At the dacha.  A call comes in from…

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Love Thy Nationality

There’s a lot of shame out there.  I say, whatever you are, wherever your national origins, love them.  Easier said than done for some. Take yesterday.  It was “Flag Day” here in the U.S.  So I dutifully bought my little flags to plant in our flower pots around the front door.  Naturally, in my rush…

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Your Child’s Destiny

Quite a day, quite a day.  Russia’s Independence Day celebrations were anything but, yet in spite of the national upheaval, we had a little celebration of our own. Petya was feted by a professional organization featuring one of his writings, comparing and contrasting certain aspects of Russia and America.  He was sending a message of…

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When Children Fail

Have you ever had a child bomb-out?  It might be on a test, in a sport, maybe saying or doing something inadvisable?  How do you handle it as a parent? Well, speaking for myself, not too well. I have an analytical personality that needs to know the whys, the hows, and the whens.  My husband,…

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Do You “Ride” Your Kids?

When it comes to education, do you “ride” your kids?  Do you get on their case and make them study, do homework, and have after-school tutoring?  Or am I the only meanie on the face of the earth? I vascillate and fluctuate.  On the one hand, my desire is that they enjoy education in general. …

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When Birthfamilies Ask for Money

The idea of contacting a foreign birthfamily is fraught with both promise and peril.  Perhaps you want the family to know that their child is fine, or you hope to understand what were the circumstances leading to adoption in the first place.  Getting some medical history could be helpful for your child’s future.  Some adoptive…

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History Repeats Itself

Wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago that our younger son headed out with us on a mini getaway and we arrived, to find him wearing the rattiest tennis shoes known to humanity?  Well, apparently I’m asleep on the job again…. (And all this from someone who just found that half of our daughters’…

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Should You Adopt?

There’s a line of thinking in adoptive circles that goes something like this, when a brave soul asks, “Should I adopt?” “Gee, I don’t know, why help a poor, suffering child out of his/her misery?  You could always spend the money on a new car, some vacation get-aways, or plan to retire with more than…

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One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

My children were not born in America.  If they ever chose to work in clandestine operations, one thing would give them away:  how they tie their shoes.  I have tried to teach them “the American way”, not knowing if this is how people tie their shoes in other countries.  I mean, I can’t very well…

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In One Ear….

I have fun friends.  They can relate.  They can identify. When Benedetto was telling yet another of his stories, one of my acquaintances shook her head, only imagining how I kept my wits.  She came to her own conclusion. “In one ear, and out the other,” she summed up, as she heard of the pandemonium…