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Dear all,

Yes, the year has just begun. At least for us, brazillians, who spend an entire year longing for Carnival. This 4-day holiday in which people forget themselves to go after fun, entertainment and pleasure.

Carnival revellers go out in costumes or not, drink loads or not, dance lots or not, party loads or not.

If you definitely belong to the “or not” group, I feel your pain. It is a 4-day eternity that may be spent before a wonderful blue sea, feeling the breeze blowing and thinking of “the unknown” that is to come.

This is vital to humans who strive to have a better life, a healthier routine and more sensible thoughts. Recycling is necessary.

Even because after it is all gone, there is the Ash Wednesday to prove that things remain the same and everything that will come soon will depend on how well you planned your life and managed your will.

Self-control is what it takes to longevity.

                                           Happy (New) Year!

                                                                                                        Priscila Raposo


HAPPY NEW YEAR! January 15, 2009

Posted by priscilaraposo in Letter to Readers.
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Only now, as the year draws to a close, have I managed to set aside some time to drop you all a line, as the person that I am… sometimes a boss, a teacher and director; or a mother, a spouse, a sister, a daughter and aunt; a supplier and client; or a friend, colleague and acquaintance…
Today and at this very moment, I am just a person wishing to be happy and, if possible, seeking to make the lives of other people easier, so that they too can reach their personal goals.


First of all, I would like to thank all of you who have been part of my daily routine throughout the year of 2008, including family members, relatives, friends, colleagues, clients, and suppliers.

After all, everyone has helped to make 2008 an unforgettable year.


This year has been seen as a year of changes, trips and great discoveries.


Changes make us grow under all aspects, both inside and outside of ourselves.





  Each hurdle that we overcome,








                                                                                      each victory we achieve




shows us that, indeed, we do not achieve anything on our own and that in unity there is strength.

I would like to thank all of you who have trusted me, and have given me a chance to be part of your lives, even if only on a small scale.





May the year 2009 be full of victories, happiness and


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May the year 2009 be an enlightened and creative year!


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Miriam Magalhães

Message for 2009



This short poem by Fernando Pessoa is very well known, and is beautiful for its sheer simplicity.

It is worth pondering over the poem’s message.
Best Regards,

Miriam Magalhães

“De tudo ficaram três coisas:

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– A certeza de que estamos sempre a começar…

– The certainty that we are always about to start…clip_image030

– A certeza de que é preciso continuar…
– That we need to carry on…clip_image032

– A certeza de que seremos interrompidos, antes de terminar…
And that we shall be interrupted before we finish…

          Portanto, devemos:

Therefore, we should:

          – Fazer da interrupção, um caminho novo…
Turn the interruption into a new path…

– Da queda, um passo de dança…
– Turn our fall into a dance step…


             – Do medo, uma escada…
– Fear, into a staircase

– Do sonho, uma ponte…
   – A dream, into a bridge…


          – Da procura, um encontro.”
A search, into an encounter.”

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