Author Archives: JohnMatel

Fire & Water

Fire & Water Some of my forest is flooded. I have never seen the water this high. Of course it is worse in North Carolina, but our farms are less than 20 miles from North Carolina. I did not see … Continue reading

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Books of August (and some of September)

One of the collateral joys of my time in São Paulo was walking around the city.   It was a long walk from my hotel to the consulate, around an hour and fifteen minutes each way.  It had “segments” and I … Continue reading

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Thoughts on my 42 Days in Brazil

Thoughts on my 42 Days in Brazil   Examining my time in São Paulo & Brazil, July 29-September 8, 2018 (slightly redacted version) ————————————————————— Minding the Gap The State Department asked me to “hold the post” in São Paulo, to … Continue reading

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Last Days in Brazil – Monday

Went with CG to a concert by the Dresden Philharmonic. They played Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovitch. The big star, IMO, was pianist Herbert Schuch. That boy can play. I was watching him most of all and thinking of the sheer … Continue reading

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Value of Hypocrisy

I am a hypocrite and I proudly so. Hypocrisy is a prerequisite for civilization and the basis of courtesy. Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice plays to virtue, since hypocrisy implies acceptance of the value you pretend to have.   … Continue reading

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Last Days in Brazil – Sunday

I am getting down to my “lasts” as my São Paulo narrative winds down. Today is my last Sunday, so I went over to Ibirapuera Park, where I had walked on my first day here. I got there a lot … Continue reading

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EducationUSA

Went to the São Paulo EducationUSA today. We suffered a little when Science w/o Borders went away, but now interest in studying in the USA is coming back. I don’t recall the number that they said had registered, but the … Continue reading

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Last Days in Brazil – Saturday

Missing Christine Johnson and prefer not to drink alone, but I did find a place to get a good IPA. In Brazil you do not say I P A. You make one word out of it ipa. I walked up … Continue reading

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Partners in Preservation

Bertioga, São Paulo, Brazil The preserve is in the middle of the town of Bertioga, a town with a population of around 60,000. It is a long and narrow municipality, hemmed in by the mountains (Serra do Mar) on one … Continue reading

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Making Nature Accessible to All

Making Nature Accessible to All It was gratifying to meet Jeremy Buzzell, Chief for the Accessibility Management Program at the National Park Service, maybe more a vindication of old school people-to-people diplomacy.  Please indulge my deviation from the main narrative. … Continue reading

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