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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…!


Monday Mottoes – #135

Hello, I’m back. Wish I could say I took a snooze, but you know how that is! Hope that all is well with you. So we’re back to Monday and believing that another outstanding, power-packed week stretches before us. It always amazes me, how very similar circumstances or situations can face two people: one rises…


Monday Mottoes – #107

We’ve probably all heard the oft-told story of the builder contracted to build a magnificent home. The investor had the best plans, the highest-quality finishes, and a great crew to do the job. But the contractor decided to cut corners here and there, often in areas that would not be seen by the average observer….


Monday Mottoes – #57

“Easy money, ka-ching, ka-ching!” our youngest daughter, almost 14, enthuses. I am not amused. How she has developed a love for money, and a desire for “easy money”, I have no idea. But I believe it’s born of low self-esteem. “Why can’t you work like other people?” I gently probe. “You’re smart, outgoing, have lots…


Monday Mottoes – #38

Scattered thoughts and disjointed actions result in the greatest lack of accomplishment in life. Like a jackrabbit, you zig-zag here and there, yet have very little to show for it. Focus is the fuel that will take you farther and get you there faster. Concentrate, direct, converge, bring together your thoughts, and then your actions….