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Smiling in the Darkness: Adelaide Freitas in English

Smiling in the Darkness by (Adelaide Freitas 1949- 2018, Sorriso por dentro da Noite), published by Tagus UMASS Press, is a beautifully-written, lyrical story of an Azorean family’s journey of immigration to North America. Through Xana, the 12-year-old girl protagonist … Continue reading

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June Light in the Garden

I like to photograph the quality of light that floods the garden during the month of June. I follow June light as it moves over my garden; playful caresses that illuminate flowers and plants. I click the camera’s release button … Continue reading

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The Peony: Unforgettable Ephemeral Beauty

The Peony: Unforgettable Ephemeral Beauty Peonies visit the garden each June. They blossom for a short while, filling the garden with a quiet beauty that although understated, lasts in memory well beyond the short weeks they live. As I write … Continue reading

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Reading My June Garden

There are gardeners who see their gardens as works of art, paintings by nature that keep changing with each season, each day even, depending on the weather, light, and disposition of each plant and flower. Although I like to photograph my … Continue reading

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The Last Time I saw Lisbon: Bairro da Graça

View of the Panteão Nacional cupola During my visit to Lisbon, I stayed in Bairro da Graça, on Largo de Santa Marinha, with a view of São Vicente de Fora from outside the door of the small apartment I rented. Hearing … Continue reading

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The Last Time I saw Lisbon: Azulejos

The azulejos I was compelled to photograph on my walks around Lisbon are the ones that made me feel a tender sadness upon seeing their brokenness. I sensed that they were already fragments of a goneby era, on their way … Continue reading

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The Last Time I saw Lisbon: Trams

Although walking is the best way to really experience Lisbon, on my last visit I took trams as much as I could, just for the pleasure of it.

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The Last Time I saw Lisbon: Feira da Ladra

Can you spot me among the treasures of this shop? Feira da Ladra, Lisbon’s famous flea market, open on Tuesdays and Saturdays in Campo de Santa Clara, is always worth exploring. You never know what treasures you will find there, … Continue reading

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The Last Time I saw Lisbon: Livrarias

There is nothing I like more than to walk into Lisbon livrarias and discover books I didn’t even know I couldn’t live without. All my trips to Portugal have included visits to bookstores, whether in the Algarve, Lisbon, or Porto. … Continue reading

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The Last Time I saw Lisbon: Museums

Museu Berardo for Modern and Contemporary art These are a few of the museums I enjoyed meandering through at a leisurely pace during my 2011 visit to Lisbon: Museu Coleção Berardo   Museu Calouste Gulbenkian Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves and … Continue reading

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