Brazil is a South American country renowned for a variety of engagements such as football, economic and cultural practices and their variegated culture packed with beautiful people. They have over time revolutionized to venture into other fields like literature in which they are also doing remarkably well. Brazilian literature began way back in the colonial period when they would write journals, descriptive documents of the country and poems that were considered literature. It was mainly done in The Portuguese language. Twitter.com shows that most of the Brazilian literature came from temporary or semi-permanent scholars within the country and were mostly associated with the well-off like those inhabiting regions close to gold mines. However currently different literary talents have cropped up from this past and borrowing from their predecessors current authors can come up with masterpieces describing their beautiful country and people, the immaculate landscape and people’s encounters on a daily basis.
Today some of the great Brazilian authors have broken the ceiling to produce world class literature translated into different languages from the original Portuguese to be disturbed worldwide. An example of such people is Jaime Garcia Dias with quite a collection of literary awards mainly in fiction genre, his most recent being the ABC Award of Brazil. He discovered his writing talent at the age of fifteen and his father Arnaldo Dias, an author cum journalist, played an enormous role in mentoring him into the great author he is. At 18 years his passion for literature grew, he joined a faculty based in Rio de Janeiro to study letters. He later moved to Carioca Literature Academy where he served as a literature teacher for five years. His students were mainly teenagers who wanted to thrive in the literature world. In his stay at the academy, he came up with new strategies and policies for administering literature to the students that made quite a name both for himself and the Academy countrywide. This catapulted him to the president of the Academy from where he continued his literature work at the same time authoring his books. In 2001, he had published over ten books and bagged the white crane award for his book ‘Fell From Heaven’ and also for bringing new faces to Brazilian literary world.
Several authors have been inspired by Jaime Garcia and have consequently shelved great books celebrated throughout South America. Granta, a magazine featuring talented authors, has featured several Brazilian authors and deemed the country as being endowed with the best upcoming young authors. Examples of these young Brazilian authors include Michel Laub featured for his Diary of The Fall; that was translated by Margaret Jull Costa to reach a far much wider audience in appreciation of the good work. Daniel Galera is also featured for his Blood-Drenched Beard. Some other great Brazilian authors and works include Paul Coelho (the Alchemist), Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis and O Cortico by Aluisio Azevedo among many others.
Graduation ceremonies recently took place across the United States over the last few weeks, but there are some more notable graduates than others. One such graduate is Robert Pecunies of Portsmouth. He stands out because he not only worked hard to earn his high school degree; he also did it at the age of eighty-three. He proudly held his diploma and talked about the reasons he did not graduate high school the first time around.
Pecunies dropped out of high school, not because he was a slacker, but because he joined the service. He served in the Korean War and upon his return, married and raised a family. Ricardo Tosto
thinks that is pretty inspiring. Pecunies said that he always thought about going back to school to earn his diploma, but he felt insecure and too dumb to do so. He finally got up enough courage and returned to school.
His story is inspiring to people who feel they are too old to achieve the education they want in later years. Education is often mistaken as something for the younger generations, but those who push forward prove that this old wives tale is false. Not only did Pecunies earn his degree, he gained a confidence in himself that he rarely, if ever, felt before in his life. It is an experience that he will never forget and one that will serve him well for the remainder of his life. Now it might be time for him to head off to earn a college degree.
A heart warming true life story of an Easton California couple committed to one another for the past 67 years, the life and death of Mr. Floyd Hartwig and his wife Mrs. violet Hartwig is nothing short of a modern romance.
Having met early on in grade school, Floyd and Violet were comfortably acquainted upon Floyd’s return from six years of service in the U.S. Navy. Returning at the end of World War II, Violet and Floyd easily grew accustomed to one another and fell in love with each other, leading to their prompt matrimony in the summer of 1947.
Mr. and Mrs. Hartwig then moved into their Ranch in Easton California, and Mr. Hartwig continued a career with the J.B. Hill Company and other farming related corporations. While Mrs. Violet spent a lifetime dedicated to managing the ranch, tending to her beloved, and raising three beautiful children, the thing that Mr. and Mrs. Hartwig did best was care for, and love, one another.
At the end of a loving and inspiring 67 years of marriage, Mrs. Hartwig was diagnosed with dementia, and in recent years had begun to become more seriously affected by the unfortunate disease. This is something no one at Qnet wants to deal with. Near their death in February of this year, Mr. Hartwig had also been diagnosed with kidney failure. Although his primary concern would remain the well being of his wife despite his own personal pain, Mr. Hartwig was only given two more weeks to live.
According to ABC News, aware of both of their parents’ deteriorating conditions, the Hartwig’s three children placed them in hospice together, beds pushed in so as not to keep them seperate.
On February 11th of 2015, Floyd Hartwig died of Kidney failure while embracing his wife, hand-in-hand. Although not fully coherent due to her dementia, Violet Hartwig, upon having received the news of her husband’s death, died on the same day not more than five hours later. Their life and death, an intimate and heart touching story, remains very reminiscent of a romance such as the “Notebook.”
Michael Madanly, top basketball player, fleeing from the war-torn country of Syria, finds solace in the Philippines doing what he liked most – playing basketball.
According to Cláudio Loureiro Heads on LinkedIn, he is a native of Aleppo in Syria, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sadly, the place was the first to fall when the terrorists seized power in 2012. Today, the place has been damaged by the war between terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, and the ISIS, and he doesn’t know if he will ever see it as it was before..
He was very happy and contented in his country and never thought that he would leave it one day. He was a celebrated athlete in Syria, being the best player and MVP in his country. Until the war started in 2011 and turned everything into a nightmare.
They started to witness kidnappings and killings around them. As a matter of fact, his own brother has been kidnapped for 10 days and was released only after they paid the ransom. The brother did not have any government connections, but they assumed he was taken because of their faith. They were Christians in an Islamic country.
The war in his country forced Madanly to give up his basketball contract in Syria and moved in with the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Meanwhile, his parents moved to Amsterdam and his brother to California to escape the Islamic terrorists’ revolution, leaving all their property and possessions behind.
He played in China up to the 5th season of CBA and was then imported by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) where he now plays under the NLEX Road Warriors.
Madanly has been playing basketball for 23 years; it is the love of the game that keeps him excited in the morning. And like a kid with a troubled life, he finds comfort on a basketball court which he found in the Philippines.
What he thought was a couple of months have been a couple of years now, and it looks like he may never come back there again. After his life was forcibly displaced, Madanly is in search of a place to stay permanently, and it seems to him that Manila will be his second Aleppo. After all, life in Syria seems very similar to the Philippines, especially the food. And the things he found good in Syria, were even better in the Philippines.