30 November 2009

What a girl wants for Christmas

The Santa Claus at the shopping mall was very surprised when Emily, a young lady aged about 20 years old walked up and sat on his lap. Now, we all know that Santa doesn't usually take requests from adults, but she smiled very nicely at him, so he asked her, 'What do you want for Christmas?'
'Something for my mother, please,' replied Emily sweetly.
'Something for your mother? Well, that's very loving and thoughtful of you,' smiled Santa. 'What do would you like me to bring her?'
Without turning a hair Emily answered quickly, 'A son-in-law.'


And the Angel said...

Being a friend...

28 November 2009

Half Dog!

I'm "dogsitting" today... Rafa anda Sofia left Bali with this kind of granny.
Sometimes he seems to me that Bali doesn't know where his condition of animal ends and his condition of human begins. I believe that he thinks he's half human. I have a photo to prove my opinion. Here it is!

26 November 2009

Thanksgiving Friends

Thanksgiving Friends
Thanksgiving is a time
For reviewing what we treasure,
The people we hold dear,
Who give us so much pleasure.

Without you as my friend,
Life would be a bore;
Having you in my life
Is what I’m thankful for.

By Joanna Fuchs

22 November 2009

Hello! Goodbye!

It seems to me that we don't have time to please the others. That's all we do, on these rushing days: Hello! Goodbye! It's not fair. We should have time to stay and talk!

21 November 2009

Child Commandments to Parents

(Seventh of ten)
Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I'll be prepared to make the kinds of decisions that life requires of me.This is one of the most difficult way to act as a parent! I know that your mistakes are very important for you to learn how to deal with failure, but, please, while "I'm here", let me help you the most I can and I know, my dear sons!

Child Commandments to Parents

(Sixth of ten)
I need your encouragement to grow. Please go easy on the criticism; remember, you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.Dear Ant Célia, I love these Commandments. I face them as reflections. I'm not responsable for my own kids' growing anymore, but I still feel responsable for others'! You know this is true!

16 November 2009

Child Commandments to Parents

(Fifth of ten)
I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by and disciplining me in a loving manner.Congratulations, Ana! Your daughters are so cute and they make you feel so happy! We feel happy for you!

Child Commandments to Parents

(Fourth of ten)
My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs. Don't nag me all day long. ( You wouldn't want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness). Treat me as you would like to be treated.

15 November 2009

Child Commandments to Parents

(Third of ten)
Housework will always be there. I'm only little for a short time, please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world and do so willingly.

Child Commandments To Parents

(Second of ten)
My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely. Don't restrict me unnecessarily.

14 November 2009

Child Commandments to Parents

(First of ten)
My hands are small; please don't expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you.

13 November 2009

Mrs Bean

The pressures of professional play

The suicide of German footballer Robert Enke has raised fresh questions about the particular pressures of sport on the psyche. Researchers have sought to unpick the various threads that may tie sport with suicidal tendencies. But the picture is a complex one, with each sport throwing up very different issues. There are particular pressures associated with sport but people do commit suicide - it is the most common form of death among young men," says sports psychologist Victor Thompson.

12 November 2009

Thursday, 12 November 2009

It has taken more than 60 years to become a reality, but today the South Downs will finally become England’s ninth national park.
The announcement, expected to be made in a in a tea room in Ditchling, will be welcomed by the more than 160 groups that have campaigned for the establishment across a large swathe of southern England. Secretary of State Hilary Benn gave the principle approval in March this year, but last minute wrangling over two sections meant delays while an inquiry was held.The one-day public inquiry was held in August into the final boundary disputes. Now, however, the order bringing the South Downs national park into existence will be signed.
Robin Crane, chair of the South Downs Campaign, made up of more than 160 diverse organisations from local groups, societies and businesses and 29 parish and town councils, said: “Today is a fantastic and historic day: the final milestone on the long path to a South Downs national park. The South Downs will now have the protection and recognition that this landscape so richly deserves.
“We are pleased that our evidence on Green Ridge has convinced the inspector and the Government that its exclusion was a mistake and that this has now been rectified. We also welcome the inclusion of Alice Holt Forest, which will bring new opportunities to that part of Hampshire.

9 November 2009

Hi ,Tiago!

Do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!

Mary Frye (1932)

This poem is for you! I was thinking about your cousin!

Lisbon, Tejo River
On the other side of the river sits the district (distrito) of Setúbal --with its suburbs: Almada, Barreiro, Cova de Piedade and Seixal. The "Ponte 25 de Abril" links both sides of the river.
The harbor of Lisbon is very active. It is the main stop in many transoceanic routes --especially to America and Africa.

5 November 2009

Bonfire Night - 5th November

"Remember, remember,

the fifth of November,

Gunpowder, treason and plot.

We see no reason why

Gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot!"