White Consciousness Day: when skin becomes skill

My identification with black culture dates back to childhood. My first idols were Afro-American musicians and athletes. When a 11 years old child from a white middle-class family in the South of Brazil keeps saying that she dreams about marrying an Afro-American basketball player, people stare astonished. In both private schools I went, the 1%... Continuar Lendo →



You keep telling yourself you gotta be strong. You keep telling yourself you gotta make it through. You keep doing your best to be at your best. You keep doing your best to help others be at their best. You keep listening to others. You keep listening to yourself. You keep telling them what to... Continuar Lendo →

The re-rise of xenophobia (and how to shove it down our own throat)

They were believed to be an exception, a silent and marginal anomaly. Now they are in, within the centre of decision-making. More than that, they are in the government. They raise their hands to fight for their interests, receiving the votes of those who share them. Even though I am referring to the AfD and... Continuar Lendo →

Scepticism: we don’t believe in spirits, but…

Of course, for the sake of our sanity and respectfulness, none of us believes in spirits. We cannot see any; they don’t exist – the same logic applies for the inexistence of the world itself, since blinds cannot see it. But you never know. We don't believe in spirits, but… You never know. Some believe... Continuar Lendo →

Earrings and the imminence of the third World War

Anxiety and agitation around North Korea and Trump. Nuclear weapons, xenophobic walls, Moscow mule. After some months, I make a new attempt to get updated on what is happening in the world: I check the New York Times and the headline is about which movie won best drama at Emmy Awards. Bad luck? I did... Continuar Lendo →

1 step towards being yourself

At least once in life, everybody has heard the advice “just be yourself”. But how can we be ourselves if we keep telling and hearing from others how we are supposed to be? Nowadays internet offers 7-steps manuals on what to eat, how to walk, where to go, how long to inspire and expire, as... Continuar Lendo →

Tinder, why not

In times in which we are constantly connected to our own navel, ops, I mean, to our smartphones, apps, computers and Netflix series, nothing better than an appropriate solution for singles: Tinder. The frustration of going out and meeting no one new, since all gazes are fixed on hypnotizing screens, has a solution. At any... Continuar Lendo →

We are getting old

You, who already turned 60; your son going through the mid-life crisis in his 40; your niece turning 20 in a few days; your aunt in her 90. Whatever the age, we all know and repeat day after day this truth: we are getting old. And what’s worse: all things going wrong in our life result... Continuar Lendo →

A successful marriage

My husband always wakes up in a bad mood. Well, actually it’s not always nor exactly a bad mood, but he doesn’t like to talk the first hours of the day and stays often in bed till late. He says he needs to spend time alone as to recharge his “social ability”. What he calls... Continuar Lendo →

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