Happy Birthday Mandela!

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“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”_Nelson Mandela 

It is a fact, most of us lack humanity, compassion and humility. The need to be all about me and not see behind the realm of the spectrum, the pointing of the fingers and an eye for an eye, the need for revenge is undeniably the prevalence theme that most of us subscribe to. It is a fact, we are humans after all. 

Today we celebrated Mandela Day. We should at least for a day, attempt to leave our quarrels, resentment, pettiness, hate, discords behind. We should use the day to do something great, meaningful, honorable such as volunteer work, help someone, read a book, use the day for common ground and understanding, strive for better.

Yes, it takes a few good Coronas to be Mandela and you will never be one, there is only one but you can take upon yourself to assimilate, emulate, pretend for a day. It will not cost you a penny nor will it impede you from being you but it will do your soul good. You will find it refreshing, exhilarating and contagious, inspiring. So, go ahead, give it your best shot, try!

Happy Mandela International Day!

World Book Day

And because today is World Book Day and I have read tons of books in my lifetime, it is so hard to choose my favorites, I decided to take a picture of the ones I have listed as read on my Facebook page to pay homage to the day. What have you read lately? I have at least, no joking, twenty plus books in waiting, on my shelves ready to be devoured. Time will heal all wounds. 

Happy reading!

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It Runs In The Family, My Cousin!

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Meet Gorretti Pina, she is an author  and designer in Lisbon, Portugal and also my cousin. Her brother who passed away a few years ago, was also a great and renowned artist. Yes, the arts run in my family – both parents side. So, even if I wanted to, I could not escape it. She has written two books, poetry and fiction and is making her mark across the portuguese world. I hope to see her showcasing her collections one day in a major runway show.

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10150758_246813958837296_1294825589036787063_nWith Anibal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal at Palacio Nacional de Belem

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