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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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A Woman’s Work

“A woman’s work is never done,” goes the saying. Whoever penned such a line knew what she was talking about-! The other day as I’m about to run out to take our major exam, I whip up lunch for the troops and feed and let out the dogs to run in the yard, while cramming…

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Living History Museums

I love history and even more, I thrill when the past comes alive for modern museum visitors by means of reenactors. Whether Plimouth Plantation or other sites in our country and beyond, there’s nothing like seeing something come to life right before your eyes. Our kids have dressed up in Civil War outfits next to…

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Parents Who Snoop for Safety’s Sake

Are you a snoopy parent? Some are, and some aren’t. That doesn’t interest me as much as why some do, and why some don’t. My husband and I have assisted a wide variety of parents who come to us in some form of tears or anger. I understand. Been there myself. This is the no…

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Monday Mottoes – #84

The longer I live, the more important it becomes to keep things simple. I am used to holding multiple meetings and appointments semi-simultaneously, burning the candle at both ends while burning the midnight oil and multi-tasking in 101 ways. It’s nuts. I maintain calendars that are like transparencies, where layer after layer may be added,…

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Waiting Up at Night

It’s something that most every parent goes through at some point in their life. The fact that I should have probably been a grandmother by now does not help. It only means that I’m more tired than most what with rising early in the a.m. and going to bed late in the p.m. And now…

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Taking Classes with Your Teen

You have not experienced life to the fullest until you enroll in a class with your teen son or daughter. You have not learned how full your life used to be until you reduce yourself to tagging along with said son or daughter. I used to be his chauffeur. Then he learned to drive. I…

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Monday Mottoes – #39

My goal for the present and near future: to get the kids to think first. Before what, you say? Before anything. Right now, we seem to be experiencing a strange, carnival-like phenomenon, similar to the pop-up dolls that you hit with a hammer. When one goes down, the next one pops up. That’s what we’re…

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Graduation Celebration

Deep undercover planning is going on behind the scenes here as our first son prepares to graduate from high school. Never mind that it’s homeschool high school, we’ll have a proper ceremony in front of a crowd one way or another, lol. When you think about it, only in a homeschool setting could your child…

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Seniors’ Day Celebrations

My eldest son lives a country club life, similar to how I was raised. On the tennis courts with his friends most every afternoon, he plays for the local high school. Now that he’s a senior, Petya celebrates Seniors’ Day along with his buds. Benedetto and I arrive with the other kids to the command…

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Cuckoo Conversations with my Kids

Four teens in the house can drive even the most sane parents over the edge. I get an e-mail from a colleague as I enquire about a date to do some work around the end of May, informing him that my oldest son’s tennis season will draw to a close around that date and I…