Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday


Today You Are You

Today you are you! That is truer than true!
There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

− Dr. Seuss

Many happy returns to Laura on a very special birthday!


Nobody can bring you peace
but yourself.

− Ralph Waldo Emerson

Silent Sunday

Open Windows

In making theories,
always keep a window open
so you can throw one out.

— Bela Lugosi

Holding On

Funny how we can’t hold on to time,
even when it’s strapped to our wrists.

― Emily Murdoch

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L’art est une harmonie
parallèle à la nature.

Art is harmony
Parallel with nature

– Paul Cézanne


A new scientific truth does not triumph
by convincing its opponents and making them see the light,
but because its opponents eventually die
and a new generation grows up familiar with it.

— Max Planck

Eine neue wissenschaftliche Wahrheit
pflegt sich nicht in der Weise durchzusetzen,
daß ihre Gegner überzeugt werden und sich als belehrt erklären,
sondern vielmehr dadurch, daß ihre Gegner allmählich aussterben
und daß die heranwachsende Generation von vornherein
mit der Wahrheit vertraut gemacht ist.

— Max Planck, Wissenschaftliche Selbstbiographie


Manipulation, sloganizing,
depositing, regimentation, and prescription
cannot be components of revolutionary praxis,
precisely because they are the components
of the praxis of domination.

— Paulo Freire

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Silent Sunday

Paul’s Avenue – Local Colour

When you stop expecting people to be perfect,
you can like them for who they are.

― Donald Miller

I suppose it goes for cities too 🙂

Silent Sunday

Paul’s Avenue

What’s a stay in São Paulo, without a visit to the Avenida Paulista? An architectural display with countless high-rises clamouring for attention: choose me, choose me! I think I favour the building in stealth mode – which would you choose?

A Very Happy Birthday to Paul! Greetings from your very own avenue! I’m afraid the paper card may take another month or two to arrive…

Silent Sunday

Rare Delight

Truth is so rare
that it is delightful to tell it.

— Emily Dickinson

Beauty Has Its Price

The heat! Hunting for rare plants was one thing. Doing it in tropical temperatures was quite another. He was simply melting!

He wasn’t even sure they’d understood the directions properly. School Portuguese only went so far in the Brazilian interior. And had that man really understood what they were looking for? Or had he just taken pity on their hopeful expressions? Brazilians wanted to help! Whether or not they understood you…

Whatever Steph said: there was the river, he  was taking a dip. He stripped quickly, before she was close enough to protest.

Gerald clearly hadn’t understood the warning.


The 100 word challenge for grown-ups, at Julia’s Place: Heat.

Photos taken in the Jardim Botânico of São Paulo. Orchids, I think. If you know what kind, please let me know. Thanks!

Update: scary but gorgeous topical photo in National Geographic!

A Bridge to Cross

The hardest thing to learn
is which bridge to cross
and which to burn.

— David Russell

Slightly belated entry for the Sunday Post Challenge: Bridge. The Ponte Octávio Frias de Oliveira in São Paulo.

Stand Out

Why fit in
when you were born
to stand out?

—Dr. Seuss

Silent Sunday

Spirit of Discovery

We live only to discover beauty.
All else is a form of waiting.

— Kahlil Gibran

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