Category Archives: Brazil

Me too

 An Active and Effective Woman Juliana de Faria created a #metoo type movement in Brazil a couple years before it took hold in the USA. She was moved by the same sorts of actions that affected Americans.  I will let … Continue reading

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Biomath – if your model says it is raining, it is still a good idea to look out the window

  I was not sure what “biomathematicians” did, but when I looked it up I learned that I was familiar with the work, if not the more complex current techniques. You can trace the field at least as far back … Continue reading

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Paulo Agustoni

Paulo Agustoni had been working for the USG for more forty years by the time I started in the FS and he was waiting from… Posted by John Matel on Monday, August 20, 2018   Paulo Agustoni had been working for … Continue reading

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Parque Farroupilha

Parque Farroupilha is a big urban park with lots of different features. It is designed to give some variety. When we lived in Porto Alegre, I used to run around the park. It is – was – not big enough … Continue reading

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Marizaland in Moinhos de Vento

As far as I am concerned, the parks around our neighborhood in Moinhos de Vento is “Marizaland,” since everyplace around there reminds me of our little daughter, Mariza Matel. She is not so little anymore, but the little white-haired girl … Continue reading

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World’s Best Steak in Porto Alegre

Things are often better remembered than they are lived, so it was with some trepidation that I went to the churrascaria Santo Antônio. I remembered the steak there as the best steak ever and I did not want to confound … Continue reading

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Adriana Barbosa founder of Feira Preta

Adriana Barbosa is founder of is the founder of Feira Preta, the largest Afro Brazilian entrepreneurship fair in Latin America and she was named one of the world’s 51 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) in 2017. I was … Continue reading

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Saving Tropical Forests

IVLP Saving Tropical Forests IVLP Saving Tropical ForestsA Simple Idea with Worldwide Impact.She got the idea during a visit to the… Posted by John Matel on Saturday, August 11, 2018 A Simple Idea with Worldwide Impact. She got the idea during … Continue reading

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Another Successful Youth Ambassador

Another Successful Youth Ambassador Our Youth Ambassador Program has changed many lives. I had the chance to find out… Posted by John Matel on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Another Successful Youth Ambassador Our Youth Ambassador Program has changed many lives. I … Continue reading

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Climate Change IVLP

The day’s third meeting was lunch with Lunch with an IVLP in “Climate Change Adaptation & Infra Structure Planning,” in 2015) It was a little poignant for me to hear the praise of the USA leadership in climate change and … Continue reading

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