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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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Monday Mottoes – #234

Roadblocks come to everyone in life. The question is, what do we do when these curve balls are tossed our way? It might be a health challenge, a career crash, a relationship upset, a cancelled contract. Some accept this as a type of game, pushing forward and seeing how high they might jump. For them,…

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Monday Mottoes – #233

Nobody believes that guns being fired here, there and everywhere, hurting innocent children and adults, is ever a good thing. How to bring a bad situation under control is more debatable. This past weekend’s “March for Our Lives” highlighted the issue of gun control and you can definitely find statistics to back up almost any…

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Monday Mottoes – #177

Time is the great revealer, the one measure by which we pull back the curtain of life and discover what really matters. Apart from priorities and a ladder of values, time slips away like wisps of fog as a storm rolls in. Have you ever noticed: the storms of life seem to settle and cast…

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Monday Mottoes – #175

Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in stuff? Maybe your office desk, or bedroom dresser drawers, or kitchen cabinets, or clothes closets overflow with an abundance that can barely be tamed. I know. I joke that we will be featured on the “Hoarders” TV show one day. But it’s not funny. Too much stuff…

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Monday Mottoes – #127

Recently, I competed to secure an office complex/ business facility. Another party offered three times as much. Technically, there was no hope. Our side understood that the building had been empty for awhile, yet unbeknownst to us, the other group placed a letter of intent on it a couple days prior to us. No hope…

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Monday Mottoes – #122

It’s a new year. Possibilities and potential spread before us. There’s the tyranny of the urgent vying with the creative genius bottled up like a genie trying to get out. I count down to my own Via Dolorosa deadline 10 days distant and feel desperate. Put one foot in front of the other. Don’t give…

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Monday Mottoes – #120

Our teens like to make gifts for the elderly, for adult singles, for people that others may have forgotten. Usually, they’re grandmotherly types who are so happy and blessed that someone else is thinking of them. Their own families may live far away. For the most part, they are not men, but I’m thinking now…

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Monday Mottoes – #101

An older family friend asked if our teens could help her with a few projects around her Victorian-era home. No real skills nor power tools required—just pulling waist-high weeds, rearranging porch furniture and bagging tree debris left behind by other, less-than-ideal helpers. “Would you like to help Miss _____ with some outdoor garden projects?” I…

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Monday Mottoes – #93

Choices, choices, choices. Naturally, there are people in the world without many opportunities, but the majority of us are surrounded by decisions: where to live and work, how to spend our leisure time and order our priorities in life. It’s a process of what you decide to accept as valuable and important, along with what…

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Monday Mug Club: #20

It’s that time of years when nutcrackers dance through one’s dreams by night.  If that’s the case, then why not invite them back for morning coffee? There are many faces of a nutcracker, or “shelkoon’chik”, as we say in Russian.  Traditionally, they’re fierce fighters with swords for duels, and metal jaws ready to crack the…