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Saturday, October 29, 2011

On When People Are Burned Alive

i apologize in advance for posting such horrific scenes on the blog, but can anybody confirm the authenticy of the claim? What is going on in the world? Muslims burning Christians in Nigeria? Or anywhere? Or vice-versa? No, i don't live under a rock. i  just don't know what to think.

'Christians burnt alive by Sunni Muslims in Nigeria'
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

On Book Fairs and Porto Alegre

Visitors at the Book Fair - A crowd drawer
Gay Pride Parades, beautiful parks, beautiful people, all the amenities found in the best capitals all over,  and a book fair to boot?

Yes, Porto Alegre has a book fair. An annual event held every year towards the end of October, beginning of November.

It is one of the oldest in the country. This is all because one porto-alegrean had visited one such fair in Rio de Janeiro and inspired, he came up with a similar event in Porto Alegre. That was in 1955.

What they wanted was to make books available to the masses and since they would not come to the books why not take the books to the them? That is what they did back then.

Alfândega (Customs) Square was a busy corner in Porto Alegre in the 50s and 400 thousand people inhabited the Merry Harbor. So, on November 16th, 1955, the first Porto Alegre Book Fair was set in motion with 14 wooden stalls around a monument to an important general. From then on, as you can imagine, the fair idea caught on and goes on until today.

Jane Tutikian - This year's Honoree 
With all the success, at the occasion of the eleventh book fair, the tradition of adopting one Honoree – a Guest of Honor, so to speak – to represent the scope of the fair, began. And to him or her homage is paid every year. The Honoree, more often than not a writer or an important personality connected to books or to academia, is always busy granting interviews and making clear his vision of the world.

This year’s fair will be held from October 28th to November 15th , 2011. Sold? Catch that flight and visit the fair.


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

On Same-sex Marriage in Brazil

A quick note just to let everyone know that The Superior Court of Justice, Brazil's highest appelate court in the country, has just ruled on a 4 - 1 vote that Same-sex marriages are now LEGAL.

Gay folks can now, well, get married. Marriage certificate and all, thus laying to rest fears of ever having to be rejected by registry offices, and this that and the other....

Bigots and such like are now left with a catch in their throat.

It all happened earlier this afternoon, October 25, 2011. Meanwhile, congrats are in order. Who's next?

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On How to Talk About Your Feelings

By Dráuzio Varella*

If you don't want to fall ill, talk about your feelings.
Pent-up emotions and feelings, when repressed, end up causing diseases such as gastritis, ulcers, back pain. Eventually, the repression of feelings, sorrow, sadness and disappointment turn into cancer.

So, let us confide in others, vent and share our deepest desires, intimacy, our sins. Talking is a powerful medicine.

If you do not want to fall ill, make up your mind.
The undecided are always in doubt, in anxiety, in anguish. Indecision accrues problems, worries, agression. Human history is made of decisions. To make up your mind, you have got to renounce, know how to miss out on advantages and values to win over the other. The undecided are victims of nervous and gastric diseases and skin problems.

If you do not want to fall ill, seek solutions
Negative people can not see solutions and make their problems bigger. They resort to lamenting, to murmurings, pessimism. It is better to light up a match than lamenting the darkness. We ARE what we THINK. Negative thinking generates negative energy that becomes disease. The smallest bee makes the sweetest honey.

If you do not want to fall ill, don't wallow in sadness
Good humor, laughter, joy, all of these bring back health and bring long life. The joyous person has the gift of lighting up their surroundings.

If you do not want to fall ill, do not live off appearances
People who conceal their reality, pretend and project the impression of being well or want to show themselves off as perfect and goody two shoes, are accummulating tons of weght... A bronze statue with feet of clay.

If you do not want to fall ill, accept yourself
The rejection of your own self, the absence of self-esteem makes us all victims of ourselves. To be YOURself is the core of a healthy life.

"Be Yourself, No matter what they think"


* Brazilian M.D. and Awareness Coach


Original text in Portuguese

Fale de Seus Sentimentos

Se não quiser adoecer - "fale de seus sentimentos".
Emoções e sentimentos que são escondidos, reprimidos, acabam em doenças como gastrite, úlcera, dores lombares, dor na coluna. Com o tempo, a repressão dos sentimentos, a mágoa, a tristeza, a decepção degenera até em câncer. 

Então, vamos confidenciar, desabafar, partilhar nossa intimidade, nossos desejos, nossos pecados.

O diálogo, a fala, a palavra é um poderoso remédio e poderosa terapia.

Se não quiser adoecer - "tome decisão".
A pessoa indecisa permanece na dúvida, na ansiedade, na angústia. A indecisão acumula problemas, preocupações, agressões.A história humana é feita de decisões. Para decidir, é preciso saber renunciar, saber perder vantagens e valores para ganhar outros. As pessoas indecisas são vítimas de doenças nervosas, gástricas e problemas de pele.

Se não quiser adoecer - "busque soluções".
Pessoas negativas não enxergam soluções e aumentam os problemas. Preferem a lamentação, a murmuração, o pessimismo. Melhor acender o fósforo que lamentar a escuridão. Somos o que pensamos. O pensamento negativo gera energia negativa que se transforma em doença. Pequena é a abelha, mas produz o que de mais doce existe.

Se não quiser adoecer - "não viva sempre triste".
O bom humor, a risada, o lazer, a alegria, recuperam a saúde e trazem a vida longa. A pessoa alegre tem o dom de alegrar o ambiente em que vive.

Se não quiser adoecer - "não viva de aparências".
Quem esconde a realidade, finge, faz pose, quer sempre dar a impressão de estar bem, quer mostrar-se perfeito, bonzinho etc. Está acumulando toneladas de peso... Uma estátua de bronze, mas com pés de barro.

Se não quiser adoecer - "aceite-se".
A rejeição de si próprio, a ausência de auto-estima faz com que sejamos algozes de nós mesmos. Ser eu mesmo é o núcleo de uma vida saudável.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On Violence Against Children

The previous post and a promo for a documentary on the abuse of children to premiere on an international news channel has triggered this blogpost.

It often goes unnoticed to us here in the Western Hemisphere, and when it happens we all go mad as hell about it, the fact that the world is chockfull of nations that treat their children like dogsbodies and disposable pack animals.

Many, to our eyes, unenlightened creatures around the world, especially as we move towards south Asia and Asia (!), Africa  seem to regard their children simply as chattel, soldiers or promissory notes for bonded labor. Many, still, favor one gender over another, which for us is horrifying.

We are not saying that things are paradisiacal here in our neck of the woods and further up across the Rio Grande. There is much room for improvement all over the Americas.

However, the video below has left us all speechless and wondering whether that was a montage or the real thing. It happened in China. A child being run over by a vehicle and then being left behind for dead...


"In the disturbing video captured on a surveillance camera, a toddler named Yueyue is hit by a white van in Foshan, China, near a busy market. The van pauses, then lurches ahead."

The child, unfortunately, has died in hospital. Food for thought.


ABC - Toddler Struck Twice by Hit-and-Run Vehicle
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

On Children Gone Missing

We all dread the disappearance of our kids from under our very eyes. Nobody likes it. It is a harrowing experience whichever way you choose to split it.

Our hearts go out to this little girl's parents. We would not to want to be in their shoes.

With that in mind, will anybody in the United States (Or perhaps on Earth?) be willing to help to locate the whereabouts of this 5-year old girl, Jahessye Shockley, from Arizona?

Photo reblogged from friends on Facebook and Missing Kids


DOB:  Apr 1, 2006
Missing:  Oct 11, 2011
Height:  3'5" (104 cm)
Eyes:  Brown
Race:  Black
Age Now:  5
Sex:  Female
Weight:  55 lbs (25 kg)
Hair:  Black
Missing From:
GLENDALE  - AZ -  United States
Jahessye was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jean shorts, and pink sandals.

Thank you very much for your good deed.

Monday, October 3, 2011

On When the Sad Realities of Life Come Crashing in

Life and its paradoxes: Amanda Knox and her boyfriend, Rafaelle Sollecito, have been cleared of murder charges in the death of the British girl, Meredith Kercher on Nov. 1,  2007. 

A weight, a huge weight has been lifted from their families' shoulders. Now, another huge, huge weight has been placed on the murdered girl's family in the form of horrible doubts and disbelief. What, can anybody tell me, were the involved up to that fateful night? Sounds hollywoodian, but it is real life.

Parents are usually left in the hands of destiny when they send their children abroad to study. Or quite frankly, even in their own backyards their worst nightmares rear their ugly heads.

Parents have the best of intentions and they never expect that they children are or will be party to horrible acts, such as crime and murder. We people who have had young people under our guidance know very well the challenges involved in laying down the law and explaining to recalcitrant children that course of action A is better than course of action B. Sometimes, we do lift up our hands and say: "we give up". Understandable.

Surely, we know, children do have to fly away from the family nest and build lives of their own. Sometimes we are relieved, sometimes we have a huge weight in our hearts. We do not know what is going to happen down the road, or up in the skies.

Surely bad luck has befallen the families involved in this huge abnormality for, it is evident, they have been through hell. We cringe at the thought of ever having to go through such a horrific experience... 

Shakespeare wrote, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy". (Hamlet,  Act 1:  Sc. 5  line 166 - 167)

That explains the mystery before us, especially now that they are "back to square one", quoting one the murdered victim's family members. Or does it?

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