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From Brazil to Portland

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When The Gate Swings Open

As a child I played with National Geographic magazines. I cut the photos carefully from their binding and positioned them on my bedroom floor. … Read More»


I was ten years old when I fell off my bike and didn’t get back on. It was a summer evening and I had one hour before dinner. … Read More»

The Quest for Samba

The last time I lived here it was different. Jessica was sixteen and her dreams revolved around an evangelical pastor who cried during sermons, but now she has a boyfriend. … Read More»


Women Rising: … Read More»

A Dream And Some Questions

A Dream In my dream last night my brazilian sister held a microphone in her hand, her back to me, a statue against Rio de Janeiro's screaming night. … Read More»

Stories From Val's Family: Memories

Stories From Val's Family: Memories … Read More»

Returning to Val

I am back in Rio de Janeiro sitting in the house of my dear friend and Brazilian sister Val. … Read More»

Hands in the Fire

The following essay is one I wrote in 2006 when I was living in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. It has felt relevant to me lately during the inspiring process of Voice of Our Future. "Hands in the Fire" … Read More»

"What We Do With Silence"

I have been thinking a lot about my second family, a group of women- a mother and two daughters, who live in the difficult favela system of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. … Read More»

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