From doing absolutely nothing all day.
Today is the 25th anniversary of my leaving Brazil. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. But when I look at these photos from around that time, it feels like a century ago. I am a completely different person today. Honestly I like myself better now. There was so much I didn’t know – I didn’t even speak English, the language of my entire life now. Here’s to the next quarter of a century. May we all continue to grow.
Behind every great man, as it turns out, there are typically numerous great women.
The kids and I have been working on some band names tonight.
- The Screaming Puddles
- Pigeon Blubber
- Yes It’s Lemonade
- Chewable Monkeys
- Muscly Cactus
- Barefoot Peppers
- Fluffy Fan Girls
- I See Bowls
- Sandal Storm
Help us choose one.
Every year we try to take a picture on Easter Sunday.
This past Christmas my daughter (14) and I were asked to play a few songs during Mass.
It was a bit weird because of the pandemic: the church was almost empty to comply with social distancing rules, everyone in masks, etc.
I used to play guitar at church back in Brazil when I was in high school.
So it was a truly special moment for me to be playing the guitar while my daughter sang so beautifully.
THAT was my best Christmas gift.
A lot of Americans will be disappointed in the next few days. Growing up in South America when democracy meant dictatorship, and watching every single election go the wrong way for decades, I’d like to remind everyone that we are more than our government.
Vote your conscience, yet form your conscience by reading and dialoguing, not by what the government does.
Invest your time to go out to the polls, but invest your emotional energy into your personal relationships instead. No politician deserves the power to take away your joy.
The good candidate is not God. The bad candidate is not the devil. Place your worship where it is due.
Remember that the world does not move in 4-year, discreet cycles; everything is connected in a continuous way. Trump’s America will elect his successor. Obama’s America elected Trump. We are all trying to figure things out along the way.
Your joy belongs to you. Keep it close and do not give it away.
Minding your own business is a full-time job.
Working on your own shortcomings is a full-time job.
Focus on bettering yourself and being the person you want to be. There’s no time for anything else.