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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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Middle-Aged Mom: At Home Alone

As most mothers, it’s rare when I have a minute to myself, much less a couple of days as I do this week.  My responsibilities haven’t ended, there’s simply no one to distract me. So, in true inverse fashion, I accomplish very little.  It’s a nice change, but semi-disappointing. My plans included cleaning closets, hemming…

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Cute Food

This being a holiday weekend (and we thank all who have died in our nation’s service, and their families), many families celebrate being together with cookouts or picnics.  Which brings us to the topic of “cute food”. I had a mother who made me cute food—she cut up sandwiches into triangles without any crust.  She…

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Renovations

Our houses need renovations.  This is a function of getting old (the houses, the houses).  One is more of an historic home in the city, the other (“the dacha”) is newer. I’m coming to the conclusion that they’re both old.  And maybe they think the same of me.  So there. Where do I start?  We…

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Terrible TSA Trends

For all of you folks locked into school-year schedules, summer travel dates are looming on the horizon.  And with it, the terror of TSA agents, ready to grab and grope your children and the elderly.  It’s gotta stop. Name me one good reason why our country can’t profile, and pick suspicious persons out of a…

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Shopping for Unmentionables

My oldest daughter needed to graduate from a sports bra to a regular bra.  I had been thinking the same thing when she mentioned it to me, although I’m sure there are those who wear a sports bra for their entire life…. How in the world this really matters if you’re going to walk around…

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New Makeup for Moi

I have no makeup.  This could be termed not just a “problem”, but a national emergency.  We wouldn’t want people fainting or driving off the road in horror, would we? Turns out that my makeup was left behind when exiting the dacha.  This happens very rarely, military operation that we have in packing and unpacking. …

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Ten Ways to Wake Up Reluctant Children

Just a little levity, folks.  You won’t be needing to call Child Protective Services anytime soon, so don’t get your britches in a knot…. Have you ever called and called the children to come to breakfast, or hop in the shower, or get dressed for school, and they absolutely and totally ignore you?  You need…

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Monday Mug Club: #30

The other day it was chilly outside, some snow was melting, and Benedetto and I stopped by a Colonial-style coffee shop.  The fire was roaring with its old-fashioned coffee pots and water being kept at a slow boil.  The atmosphere was subdued and peaceful. Don’t you love the crackle of a nearby fire?  The pleasant…

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Petya’s Power Lunch

A stone’s throw from Ralph Lauren, Saks, Bulgari, and Tiffany’s, our son led us through the revolving doors (“Cool!” exclaimed the other kids) to his very first power lunch.  Sponsored by his boss as a reward for hard volunteer work, Petya was flying high as he announced to the maitre-d’ his reservation for six. “Yes,…

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Free Russian Elections?

On March 4th, less than a month from now, the Russian presidential election takes place.  Following the December 4th parliamentary elections and allegations of fraud and ballot-stuffing when Putin’s United Russia party took over 50% of the vote, huge demonstrations broke out within the week.  It’s clear that the people want change, but how they’re…