Sunday Afternoons

#7 Sunday Afternoons

Photo: Mirian Silva Photography

I have a friend who often says, “It is ok to change your mind, no matter what it is you believe in.   And when we do, things will be uncomfortable because the layers of what was once  there are being removed.”

A few years ago I began the transition from my “old” belief system into my self-discovery phase.  It has been a tough ride simply because letting go of things that once made me feel “safe”, but was not making sense nor promoting any growth, was a bit fearful.  What I have learned about myself and the level of maturity and wisdom that I have acquired, brings me to another segment of my Sunday Afternoons.  read more


Impeccable With Your Words

It was about 6:30am. I got up from my chair to take a break and walked over to the pantry to grab a cup of tea. Just like any other day, the myriad of voices and conversations, both in the exterior world and the internal minds, controlled the surrounding area.  Suddenly, in the midst of all that chaotic noise, I heard a soft, yet strong voice, call me, “Excuse me, ma’am?” It was a short Afro-Latino guy, around his 50s, who I see from time to time cleaning out the coffee/tea area, standing in front of me with a shy, but yet, an excited look on his face. read more

Brazilian-ness, Randomness

Brazil’s Black Consciousness Day

Today, November 20th,  Brazil celebrates Dia da Consciencia Negra (Black Consciousness Day)

The day  symbolizes the resistance of Africans against slavery during the colonial period.  During that time,there were quilombos and other forms of resistance which, as a whole, destabilized the market economy and led to the abolition of slavery. This is the true sense of the abolitionist struggle, whose protagonists were the blacks themselves.  However, the Eurocentric view of the truth about abolition, made the allies the heroes of this story.Abdias Nascimento

A few cities in Brazil celebrated the day with several forms of activities, from Afro-Brazilian dance shows, and read more