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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…!


A Modern International Family

Workaholics for many years, our Russian (me) Italian (him) American (us) union remained childfree by choice.  A heavy travel schedule made it difficult to imagine any other life.  But after 9/11, we started contemplating kids and dogs, and when we took the plunge, let’s just say we didn’t play around:  four older kids from Russia…

Museum Mania and Life Lessons

    I am starting a mini-series of sorts. Every once in awhile, I’m going to be posting about some unique, out-of-the-ordinary museums that we have come across, whether at home, or in our travels. I’m sure that there are some near where you live, and in this economy, many families are opting for stay-cations,…

Older Adopted Children and Identity: Who Am I?

  I had a no-nonsense type of mother who came from rugged Russian immigrant stock and worked at a university where many youth of the 70s had the luxury of “identity crises”. “You ever want to know ‘who you are’?” she would tell me, “I’ll show you your birth certificate.” Case closed, simple as that….