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2018-07-13 13:08
We will see you back here at Destinations, Dreams and Dogs in the Fall with a new, redesigned site for the refined world traveler… Read More
Dogs And Post-Surgery Stress
2018-07-06 13:13
One of our Scotties had surgery yesterday. Grisha came home and has been crying ever since. On the way home, my son held him without a whimper in the car. By the time we sat down with Mr. Co… Read More
America The Beautiful!
2018-07-04 07:37
A classic patriotic hymn by Irving Berlin: God bless America God bless America, land that I love, Stand beside her and guide her Through the night with a light from above. From the mountains… Read More
July 4th And The Dog Next Door
2018-07-03 12:03
Everyone likes to enjoy the Fourth of July, a true American holiday of freedom, cookouts, getaways and fireworks. This year, I’m asking that you consider the dog next door. In practica… Read More
Does This Look Like The Help Desk To You?
2018-06-28 00:46
Someone gave me a little sign that says it all: Does This Look Like the Help Desk to You? Okay, let’s be honest, I probably gave it to myself because I tend to be a kind, helpful soul… Read More
Weak In The Knees
2018-06-26 11:52
When a woman goes weak in the knees, or weak at the knees, she’s said to be overcome by a strong feeling, usually a good one. It might also mean to be overcome by a strong emotion. Thi… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #245
2018-06-25 12:18
Times are getting rough, people. As scores of illegal immigrants are taken into custody at the US border, reports of children pulled from mothers’ arms are bandied about. Some stories… Read More
Safety In The Midst Of The Storm
2018-06-21 13:12
It’s summertime and I’ve shared with you how one of our Scotties shakes and quakes during storms. The thunder tends to get to him, though thankfully, he’s become a bit hard… Read More
The Fashionably-Correct Country House
2018-06-20 08:29
You’ve heard of politically-correct which is so… sigh… yesterday. Much more fun and meaningful is the term “fashionably-correct” and particularly when paired… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #244
2018-06-18 17:17
A good dose of self-esteem does wonders. Those who feel that they never measure up, generally don’t. But it can go both ways, either if you think too highly of your abilities, or too l… Read More
Own Your Own Ghost Town-!
2018-06-15 13:32
It may be time for me to move to California. With many historic renovations under my belt, sure there are properties nearby to which I may cast my gaze, however, here’s an opportunity… Read More
Does Marriage After 50 Cost You?
2018-06-14 13:37
I have friends over 50 who are married and who are single. Living together? Not so much. But recently, I was working on a project where I met a number of couples over 50 who were living toge… Read More
Seven Steps To Making Yourself Attractive
2018-06-12 11:49
It was a dark and stormy night. My thoughts tended to be diversionary in nature. Which brought me to the lovely idea of what makes some people attractive, while others are… ehhh&helli&hell…Read More
Monday Mottoes – #243
2018-06-11 12:12
Every Monday morning, and indeed, every day of our lives we face a philosophical question: who comes first? Do we put others first to help and serve them, or do we put ourselves first? These… Read More
Flying The Unfriendly Skies
2018-06-08 16:02
Air travel has been heating up recently, yes, it has. Passengers shouting insults, attacking each other, drinking too much, demanding service, flight attendants instructing everyone to depla… Read More
Historic Preservation: What Really Matters
2018-06-07 14:06
Renovating historic homes around the world has been an avocation of mine for a number of years. I also consult with homeowners who do not know where to start with delightful, yet seemingly b… Read More
Seven Tips To Staying Young-!
2018-06-06 13:05
As we grow older, it’s best not to compare ourselves with others…. Yet, everyone else will-! I read an article by a health expert known for stemming the tide of aging. Photos of… Read More
On The Origins & Destinations Of Flip-Flops
2018-06-05 12:34
In a beach community the other day, where the majority of folks wear flip-flops from birth to death for no particular reason such as going to the shore itself, I asked one of our kids: &ldqu&hell…Read More
Monday Mottoes – #242
2018-06-04 08:29
There is good in the world and there is evil. I realize that this worldview does not gain widespread adherents, but there’s no other explanation for inexplicable events. What else woul… Read More
Double Standard = Double Trouble
2018-06-01 18:19
Vulgar and vile, both right and left call the comments against Ivanka Trump by “comedian” Samantha Bee. Question is, what is the fallout? Nothing. Virtually nothing. So far. As w… Read More
How Heavy Is Your Life’s Baggage?
2018-05-31 13:07
I travel a lot. I possess one suitcase that is always packed. If it’s a huge trip, then I have another suitcase which is… huge. But that’s for when I’m somewhere for… Read More
2018-05-29 08:50
It was Memorial Day. Benedetto and I had gone out for coffee together, met neighbors and petted dogs at the neighborhood cafe not far from home. He debated taking the kids to a military para… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #241
2018-05-28 14:06
Following the US Civil War, Decoration Day was established in 1868 to honor all soldiers, Union and Confederate, who died during the war. Held on May 30th, the graves of soldiers were decora… Read More
7 Lessons Learned From The Royal Wedding
2018-05-25 13:29
Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, or His Royal Highness, the Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex as they are now known, were wed in London less than one week ago… Read More
Seven Deadly Signs Of Middle Age
2018-05-24 13:29
Are they the menacing signs of middle age, or simply malarkey? Seven deadly signs of middle age. Forget middle age, it could be old age, since there is a sliding scale with not many fixed po… Read More
All You Need Is LOVE
2018-05-22 16:48
Not so sure about the Beatles’ song that rose to prominence from their “Yellow Submarine” album of 1964 since it begins with “There’s nothing you can do that ca… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #240
2018-05-21 11:47
Another school shooting. Yes, you can make a case for gun control, but again, I don’t know that the same disturbed individuals would not turn to bombs or butcher knives. I have a bette… Read More
On Morality & History: Prof. Richard Pipes
2018-05-18 14:10
An e-mail came across my desk from Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum. His father, Prof. Richard Pipes, for many years of Harvard University, passed away. According to his New York Times… Read More
Marriage: Time Will Tell
2018-05-17 13:16
June is almost upon us, that time of year when many marry. I wonder the number of marriages that will last decades… and the number that won’t make it ‘till December. Time… Read More
For The Love Of Old Houses
2018-05-15 14:40
One day, you will thank me. I am going to talk you down off the ledge. Right now, you may have starry eyes and imagine a dream-come-true country manor home with horses and dogs, or an in-tow… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #239
2018-05-14 14:58
Today is Israel’s 70th anniversary of modern statehood and the moving of the US Embassy there to their eternal capital, Jerusalem. I say “modern statehood” and “etern… Read More
2018-05-10 17:51
Coming from an immigrant background where all four of my grandparents came straight off the boat to America, I understand a bit about boundaries and borders. As they say, “Good fences… Read More
Iran: You Don’t Deal With The Devil
2018-05-09 10:55
If America has been clueless about international terrorism during the past decade, there’s one country that knows the real deal and that’s Israel. Their very lives depend on accu… Read More
Russian Children And Security Checks
2018-05-08 09:00
Sashenka was sure that nobody wanted to hire her. I had suggested a job that resulted in EXTREME excitement and interest on her part, something right up her alley. And now… no call. … Read More
Monday Mottoes – #238
2018-05-07 12:32
And so the introspection of life in the country and life after a birthday continues. I was rather amazed (I don’t know why I was amazed and I would tend to agree with Nora Ephron that… Read More
Half-Hearted Men And Mixed Messages
2018-05-04 12:57
“He’s not that into you.” Or is he? Books, movies and seminars would not be undertaken on the subject of men sending mixed messages if they could just be straightforward ab… Read More
Women And Guns And Hunting?
2018-05-02 18:55
Let me state from the start that I believe in women’s rights. As a matter of fact, I believe in women’s superiority in many ways, lol: multi-tasking, handling pain, balancing fri… Read More
It’s My Birthday!
2018-05-01 14:51
May Day signals my birthday, a day to rejoice, to be present and alive on Planet Earth. Opportunities to make a difference and an impact surround me. What a blessing! I’m taking it eas… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #237
2018-04-30 14:15
There are people who drain you and people who entertain you, those who lift and those who sift. Most of life is a balancing act between the two. It always amazes me when those in a professio… Read More
Dogs Who Sense A Kindred Soul
2018-04-27 12:03
Life in the country continues. I am surrounded by hunting dogs. At least I presume they are hunting dogs, I mean, what do dogs do? They’re big, they run around off the leash, and they… Read More
Small-Town Joys
2018-04-26 12:46
So here I am in the middle of nowhere. Really. What I would generally consider a small town would be a big town in comparison to this. The big town in the environs boasts about 1,000 inhabit… Read More
The Blank Slate Of An Historic Home
2018-04-25 08:13
The 18th century plantation house rose in the mist of early morning. A group of archaeologists had convened upon this endangered site where the homeowner proved amenable to all of us poking… Read More
Eating For Longevity
2018-04-24 12:33
What is a healthy diet? What do folks eat around the world— you know, the men and women living into the three digits? Well, it all depends who you ask. In Japan, they’re eating s… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #236
2018-04-23 11:31
By now you’ve heard the news of the partially-nude, positively-disturbed gunman who opened fire at a Waffle House outside of Nashville in the wee morning hours on Sunday. I don’t… Read More
Good News, Anyone?
2018-04-17 11:16
All around us, there is bad news. Unless it’s a tag-on after the rest of the news, few positive, human-interest stories are ever shared. Being a news junkie myself, I generally know th… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #235
2018-04-16 11:35
Pronouncements of the negative sort seem so simple when it comes to other people: He’s lazy. She’s nuts. You’ll never amount to anything. They’re moochers. Very easy… Read More
Three Jobs… And Three Jumps Forward
2018-04-13 12:58
Our three younger kids, in their late teens and early twenties, just landed their semi-dream jobs. In other words, their mother decided to point them in the right direction after seeing them… Read More
Are Shiny Shoes Passé?
2018-04-10 15:35
Do you shine your shoes on a regular basis? Do you have your shoes buffed regularly by a shoe-shiner? I must admit, I have never been to a professional. My shining experiences are limited to… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #234
2018-04-09 12:41
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 cancell… Read More
Great Homes You Need To Experience One Day
2018-04-06 12:14
So many properties could call your name one day: might be a beach cabin or an expansive family home with all the bells and whistles. I tend to imagine great homes in terms of geographical st… Read More
Prepping For Summer Positions
2018-04-05 13:26
It’s that time of year, the kids getting ready for summer, if not year-round jobs. Yes, it’s April and if high school or college students wait until May or June, forget about it!… Read More
What We Don’t Know About The Past
2018-04-04 08:23
On the Isle of Skye, paleontologists are uncovering prehistoric dinosaur fossils, dating from about 170 million years ago. Now that’s a long, long time ago. With an archaeological back… Read More
Why Good Friday Is Good
2018-03-30 12:16
My husband had some employees years ago who came from an animist nation in Africa. They had never heard of Good Friday. Always greeting me in French, they were wonderful young gentlemen, pol… Read More
Dasvidanya, Russian Diplomats!
2018-03-27 12:31
And so, President Trump acted on the NSA’s advice to expel from the United States sixty-some Russian diplomats, giving them a few days to get up and get out. Dasvidanya. Don’t le… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #233
2018-03-26 14:44
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. Th… Read More
Snow Day For The Scotties
2018-03-22 18:07
Hello, are you following me? ~Grisha Welcome to the urban blizzard, we are Misha and Grisha, the famous Scottish Terriers of the Bartologimignano family! Whenever we hear of snow coming, it… Read More
Building A Bottle Tree
2018-03-20 11:56
Let me say for the record, Benedetto does not like these. A southern tradition, bottle trees— which are bottles of all sorts stuck on the end of dead tree branches, or tied to a living… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #232
2018-03-19 13:56
Depending on which type of industry you’re involved with, ageism can be a very real problem. The world just marked the passing of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, in his 70s and… Read More
What I Learned From Stephen Hawking
2018-03-14 14:21
The well-known English physicist and mathematician, Stephen Hawking, has passed at age 76. Director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge, Englan… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #231
2018-03-12 13:59
Today you are staging your life in a movie— what will it be— a drama, a tragedy, a love story, a comedy? Imagine that you are the writer and you are the director. That’s th… Read More
Avoiding Hotel Room Germs
2018-03-08 14:00
Spring is upon us and there’s travel, travel everywhere. Here are more spring break tips. Hand sanitizers are helpful when embarking on a trip, but toss a package of the disinfecting w… Read More
Change Your Life… Today!
2018-03-06 13:41
It has come to my attention that many are the multitudes languishing out there, hoping to change their lives, but stuck in the realm of ennui and low energy. Today, yours truly will give you… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #230
2018-03-05 14:29
Twenty-four hours, times sixty minutes, times sixty seconds, equals 1,400 minutes or 86,400 seconds… all up to you today. You have the power to shape a worthwhile life! Surprisingly… Read More
Put It On ICE: Cities Of Refuge
2018-03-02 15:36
More and more, kids today are messed-up thanks to the lovely role models that their elders and leaders are providing. Case in point: Oakland, California, Mayor Libby Schaaf obstructing justi… Read More
Let Go And Let God
2018-03-01 15:42
It sounds trite, but it’s true: eventually, you have to step aside and let God be God. If you’re involved in something that’s all you and no Him, I’m not totally sure… Read More
Do-It-Yourself MacGyver Mania
2018-02-27 13:15
Do you remember that 1980s TV series, “MacGyver”? You know, the young guy who worked for the Phoenix Foundation, helping his country and his friends get out of sticky situations?… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #229
2018-02-26 13:51
Half of the world dreams of freedom. The other half of the world dreams to be free from the responsibilities which come with freedom: taking care of yourself, taking care of others, making w… Read More
Spring Break And Mistakes Not To Make
2018-02-23 14:22
Spring vacations are already underway and are due to peak in a couple of weeks during mid-March, continuing through early April. Children generally receive time off from school close to the… Read More
The Kosher Beach Cottage
2018-02-22 12:39
Passover is coming, people. It’s only about a month away and I’ve told you about the friends with the beach cottage. Well, in the Jewish community, Passover break is similar to s… Read More
Parent As Coach
2018-02-15 13:20
I love our kids. They are positive and resilient, playful and goal-oriented. Occasionally, there’s a blip in the road and that’s where parents step in. And in today’s world… Read More
Happy Sweetie’s Day-!
2018-02-14 09:21
Valentine’s Day is here and I hope you can mark the day in a special way! Might be on your own, with a friend or mate. Treat yourself well, you deserve it. On our busy schedule, Benede… Read More
Upset Over… Everything!
2018-02-13 13:23
It’s amazing the number of people without a life. They look for things to offend and enrage them. They imagine folks wanting to harm them and their sensitivities, rather than simply ac… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #228
2018-02-12 12:42
It’s Valentine’s week and our hearts turn toward love and blessing others. If you have a significant other, love means going out of your way to make life a pleasant experience&he&hell…Read More
Bad Character Traits Passed Down
2018-02-09 13:01
Do you lie to your kids? If you find it expedient to tell them a fib, the data indicates that you might be setting them up to do the same. And not just way down the line. Researchers Hays an… Read More
Poor Self-Esteem And Sister Wives
2018-02-07 09:10
I don’t get it. Really, I don’t. Let me supplement that statement by saying that I have a number of close girlfriends. We laugh, we lunch, we love. But we certainly don’t s… Read More
The Russians Go Soft Over Snow
2018-02-06 15:37
Russia is facing a lot these days. Banned from the Seoul Olympics and an already-hotly contested national election on its way in another month, things are not great in the dead of Russian wi… Read More
Monday Mottoes – #227
2018-02-05 13:01
Not one to watch football in general or the NFL in particular, no one can escape the post-game Super Bowl news all over the internet, upstaging the bowl, itself: the 30 seconds of a black sc… Read More
Who Determines Your Future???
2018-02-02 13:56
Well, in the USA, today is Groundhog’s Day. Every February 2nd, an ingenious small town in Pennsylvania has made a big-time industry out of predicting the future via a big, fat rodent… Read More
2018-02-01 13:43
Take a look at your average engagement ring: a big, sparkly diamond (sometimes), a lovely setting of gold, silver, or platinum. Either the bride-to-be is consulted, or the groom can gather h… Read More
My Own State Of The Union
2018-01-31 14:07
Taking stock, assessing, reviewing life, celebrating accomplishments. In general, I like State of the Union addresses. The human interest stories, the joyous countenances of those in agreeme… Read More
2018-01-29 13:13
I get it. I understand those who state their truth through the #MeToo movement. It’s important to speak up and speak out, even if it’s years later. But I also know that allegatio… Read More
2018-01-26 13:43
No wonder so many feel stressed-out and exhausted, the weight of the world on their shoulders. We hear too much news. There are wars and rumors of war. Kidnappings. Cruelty to animals. You n… Read More
2018-01-25 13:27
The greatest generation. Resolve. Determination. Sacrifice. Against a backdrop of dark days, dark hours, Nazism and World War II. Currently in theaters is the amazing film, “Darkest Ho… Read More
Public And Private Manners
2018-01-23 13:03
A lot of the backlash of horrific sexual harassment allegations tells me that this is a nation of boorish brutes. Where are the mothers of this generation? Busy, very busy. Not that it&rsquo&hell…Read More
Monday Mottoes – #225
2018-01-22 13:15
Against all odds. Yes, you’re going to accomplish what you’ve determined to do. But you’re going to need to keep your mental focus and your consistency of action— kee… Read More
Kids Used In Political Protests
2018-01-19 14:04
Let’s be very clear, we’re talking about two different things here: kids who want to speak up for what they, or their parents, consider to be right -versus- kids who are put in d… Read More

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