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Monday, June 18, 2018

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I wouldn't want to mislead you here. I have no personal sad story to account for my abhorrence of Valentine's Day. My heart has not been tromped upon for many years. I am married to a wonderful man who shows me his love in hundreds of little ways every day.

But every February when Valentine's Day seems to glow neon pink on my calendar, I wish it would just go away. Couldn't we all just ignore it for once? I have too many friends who are widowed, divorced, living in nursing homes, still unwillingly single, or otherwise going it alone who really don't need this omnipresent reminder of... Read More

I have been at this gig now well into my fourth year and I need to pause and take stock of what I have learned from blogging. There are a lot of pros to this endeavour, I have discovered, as much as there are pitfalls. Here is a list of both for those of you out there considering taking this leap, or for those veterans of the blog post who will either agree or disagree with me:

Pros

1) There is no publishing delay or hierarchy to navigate. You simply think, write, then you publish, and the world reads you (or not)

2) This is an outlet to communicate the authentic YOU,... Read More

E na Praça da Sé que minha historia começa, lá eu comecei a usar drogas, a roubar, á pedir esmola para comer.

Na praça eu conheci Gregory John Smith, que desde 1993 ele féis uma trabalho comigo na Praça da Sé. La eu aprendi muitas coisas com ele, Gregory nos pagava comida, levava nós para o Zoológico e simba safari e Play Center.

Então logo veio a idéia de pedi para morar com ele, mas no começo eu fiquei muito assustado e fugi da casa dele 23 vezes ate me adaptar com ele.

Mas foi muito difícil para mim, pois na rua era muito difícil para sobreviver você e muito discriminado,... Read More

The story continues...

During a visit to Wender’s family, the year after his tragic death, I discovered there was a new, but unexpected member in the family; a beautiful little girl. Not recalling Wender’s mother being pregnant on my earlier visits that year I really wondered where this sweet little angel had come from.

On asking about her, Wender’s mother simply replied: “Look a little closer and tell me what immediately comes to mind...”

My answer was the inevitable question: “Wender...?”

....and Wender it was!

That young rascal that we all missed so much... Read More

Wender belonged to the first group of kids rescued from the streets by me between 1993 and 1995. He was 13 years old at the time.

His story was an incredible one, although not uncommon in a country hosting hundreds of thousands of abandoned and neglected children on the streets of its major cities; himself being lost to the streets after having run away from home at the age of nine together with a young boy from his neighborhood, who already had strong ties with the streets at the time.

Once engulfed by the other kids on the streets Wender was soon indulging in all that is far... Read More

During the holidays most of us are thrown headfirst into social situations whether we like it or not. There’s the work holiday party, friend’s parties where everyone is trying to be more dynamic than the next person, and those memorable family gatherings where relatives think it’s okay to squeeze your face just because they haven’t seen you in a year. Some of it may make you nervous, and some may bore you half to death, and you’ll probably get through it all with a smile on your face and a drink in your hand.Why then do people say that anxiety sufferers should avoid alcohol lest their anxiety... Read More

Roney and Claudiney’s story represents not only their tragic lives, but the lives of so many underprivileged children in both the world’s poorest and wealthiest countries, abandoned by our neglect and our insatiable appetite for self gain. Greed has no class or colour.

Two beloved brothers, united by their involuntary dependency to the streets, forced upon them in childhood by the insecurities of a malfunctioning home and parents.

Roney, the youngest and a born leader, was to meet his match in the face of Brazil’s brutal and almost untouchable street kid killers. I told that story... Read More

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