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A Magnificent Challenge


Thanks Faye, Thanks Fairen, São Martinho do Porto (SMP) is  a quiet village at about 12 miles from where I live,  with the exception of July and especially August, when it´s almost impossible to park and get peace…I love it during Winter, Autumn and Spring because I can walk on my own on an almost desert beach and feel the wind…… Continue reading A Magnificent Challenge

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Writer Wednesday Challenge: Find Something Beautiful in the Ordinary


We were challenged by Faye to find “something beautiful in your ordinary life this week.” Although, the picture below is not from this week, it doesn’t fail to make me smile. This year, I have decided that I wanted to try grow vegetables. Come to find out, I was a bit too late to start…… Continue reading Writer Wednesday Challenge: Find Something Beautiful in the Ordinary

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Q&A


I´ve published  this post for the first time on April 13, 2015, but I believe that those Q&A can still be useful for our readers and followers Often our readers ask us us on various topics. Here are 5 questions and my personal answers 1.Clearly I am not easily inspired .. Dang We all have moments of great inspiration, but sometimes we have the dilemma of…… Continue reading Q&A

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What Do We Drink On Christmas Eve And On Christmas Day Here In Portugal


Last week I wrote about what we eat, today I will write about what we drink: Usually we drink red wine and Portugal has excellent red wines – Barca Velha and Pêra-Manca are the most famous, but their high price does not make them accessible to the majority of us (a bottle can cost around…… Continue reading What Do We Drink On Christmas Eve And On Christmas Day Here In Portugal

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What Do We Eat On Christmas Eve And On Christmas Day Here In Portugal


Traditionally, the Christmas Eve (known as “Consoada” a word that comes from the Latin word Consolare (“to comfort”) supper consists of abstaining from meat dishes. Most of the families eat salted codfish with boiled potatoes and  vegetables, adding olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice, but in some parts of Portugal the tradition is to…… Continue reading What Do We Eat On Christmas Eve And On Christmas Day Here In Portugal

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Why Do You Follow Us ?


There are millions of blogs which each of us have never heard of, and lots of them are for sure great, but we don´t follow them because we don´t realize that they exist… Each one of us follows some blogs (1, 2, 5, 10 no matter the figure). Beyond the blogs in which I am…… Continue reading Why Do You Follow Us ?

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Things (so help me God) I will never post about


Of course everyone can post about everything, but I´ve got my own limits. Apart from explicit content (no mather its origin), it can be social, racial, religious or sexual violence, there are a few more subjects I avoid: There are dozens of posts where parents claim that their kids are some kind of genius. Of course they…… Continue reading Things (so help me God) I will never post about

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A Blog As Future Memory ?


In a recent interview I had the privilege of having Fairen as my interviewer, and one of the questions was why I am a blogger. I said it was a way to share my thoughts, which is entirely true, but I´ve decided to “dive” more on the subject. In my Portuguese blog I have published…… Continue reading A Blog As Future Memory ?

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A Great Idea


I don´t know if that kind of actions are usual in other countries, here in Portugal they aren´t, so let me share something I found very interesting. In a joint initiative of the Library of São Lázaro and the Arroios parish council, more than 2500 books are being left by the Lisbon streets, a literary…… Continue reading A Great Idea

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How Crazy Makes The World a Better Place


Being an artist is an endless, oft-thankless profession, one with an infinitesimally small chance of success! How many people paint a beautiful picture, only to have it sit forever on their living room wall or gather dust in their garage? How many writers complete a book, only to have it languish amidst MILLIONS of others…… Continue reading How Crazy Makes The World a Better Place

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What Is Your Favourite Month ?


This is a post first published about a year ago, on the former edition of TMU.   July has always been my favorite month. As a child, adolescent and adult now, it always meant to me holidays and the possibility of “being on my own”. I have several “July” friends, I only see them on this particular month and being…… Continue reading What Is Your Favourite Month ?

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Today´s Thought


  Wouldn‘t the world be beautiful if libraries were more important than banks?” – Quoting Joaquin Salvador Lavado Tejón (a.k.a. Quino –  Born in Argentina, 1932). What´s your opinion? Note: This post was first published in my Portuguese blog, and then on former TMU (August 2015), but I guess It´s something to think about

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The Smell Of Paper


It was one of my first posts for the former edition of TMU (May 2014) – Please allow me to share it again I have nothing against electronic publishing, and as someone who reads a lot, those new technologies are really helpful as they provide the access to all kinds of contents, just by “clicking”, but there…… Continue reading The Smell Of Paper

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Fairen


I´ve made some researches about your name and I´ve found very interesting things on Internet: This is a very rare name, according to the Social Security Administration there are only 13 persons born with this name in the US. Girls named Fairen are: Kind, home-loving, hospitable and friendly. Since they take responsibility well, they are…… Continue reading Fairen

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My Response to “How to Get Others to Co-operate”


While editing last week’s Monday Motivation, I received a bit of inspiration. If you need a refresher, here is the quote we published: How true have I found this to be! While at first glance it seems manipulative, the fundamentals are true. The times that I’ve gotten the most are the times when the two cornerstones…… Continue reading My Response to “How to Get Others to Co-operate”

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Why Do I Write?


Because I can is one possible answer, but it´s not the answer. Is it for Money? No,I write for free, of course some say “if no one pays for what you write is because what you write worths nothing”, but I disagree Is it for fame? No, I´m not famous and I´m not looking for fame. Is it…… Continue reading Why Do I Write?

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How Many Books Can We Read, And How Many Movies Can We Watch During Our Lifetime?


The following post was written and published (November 2014) for the “first life” of TMU, and I think it´s interesting to republish it. Of course my figures are higher, but still very “short” for someone like me 😦 I admit it’s a hard question to answer but sky is the limit… I`ve  started my private statistic a long time…… Continue reading How Many Books Can We Read, And How Many Movies Can We Watch During Our Lifetime?