Monthly Archives: April 2005

Facts about Facturas and Freedom – Buenos Aires, Argentina

So we are into the final countdown. I guess everything has become much easier all of a sudden as I realize this is like the end of a great movie. It was becoming a bit overwhelming there for a bit but I seemed to have gotten a handle on it. I am not so much focusing on this past year which has been very intense but all of my experiences away. So. I am loving living in my new place. Belgrano is a hip area and the people, once again, are quite friendly. I mean, I suppose you get what you give. And when you are happy, it reflects back at you. There is a lot of great window shopping on Cabildo which is a cheaper and more exciting version of Santa Fe, my old stomping grounds. read more

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Favorite Palabras

This was what I taught to my students. I think they are very important words. A free English/Spanish lesson for you…but more so, life lessons never to forget.

Desiderata

(something desired as essential)
(algo deseó como esencial)

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember
Camina plácido entre el ruido y la prisa y piensa

what peace there may be in silence.
en la paz que se puede encontrar en el silencio.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
En cuanto te sea posible y sin rendirte, mantén buenas relaciones con todas las personas.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to the dull and ignorant;
Enuncia tu verdad de una manera serena y clara; y escucha a los demás, incluso al torpe e ignorante;

they too have their story.
también ellos tienen su propia historia.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.
Esquiva a las personas agresivas y ruidosas, pues son un fastidio para el espíritu.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter,
Si te comparas con los demás, te volverás vano y amargado,

for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
pues siempre habrá personas mas grandes y mas pequeñas que tú.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Disfruta de tus éxitos lo mismo que de tus planes.

Keep interested in your career, however humble;
Mantén el interés en tu propia carrera por humilde que sea,

it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
ella es un verdadero tesoro en el fortuito cambiar del tiempo.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
Se cauto en los negocios, el mundo esta lleno de engaños;

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
mas no dejes que esto te deje ciego para la virtud que existe.

many persons strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Hay muchas personas que se esfuerzan por alcanzar nobles ideales, y por doquier la vida esta llena de heroísmo.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Se sincero contigo mismo. En especial, no finjas el afecto;

Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
tampoco seas cínico en cuanto al amor; pues en medio de todas las arideces y desengaños,

it is as perennial as the grass.
es perenne como la hierba.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Acata dócilmente el consejo de los años, y abandona con donaire las cosas de la juventud.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
Cultiva la firmeza del espíritu para que te proteja en las adversidades repentinas,

But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
pero no te afligas imaginando fantasmas.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Muchos temores nacen de la fatiga y la soledad.

Beyond a wholesome discipline be gentle to yourself.
Sobre una sana disciplina se benigno contigo mismo.

You are a child of the universe,
Tú eres una criatura del universo,

no less than the trees and the stars and you have a right to be here.
no menos que las árboles y las estrellas; tienes derecho a existir.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Y sea que te resulte claro o no, indudablemente el universo marcha como debiera.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
Por eso debes estar en paz con Dios, cualquiera que sea tu idea de El,

And whatever your labors and aspirations,
y sean cualesquiera tus trabajos y aspiraciones.

in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.
Coserva la paz con tu alma en la bulliciosa confusión de la vida.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Aún con toda su farsa, penalidades y sueños fallidos, el mundo es todavia hermoso.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Se alegre. Esfuérzate por ser feliz.

–Max Ehrmann, 1927. ©

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The Wind Beneath My Wings

Well, I just want you to know that it seems to run in the family. Despite all and even more, my sister is someone who I am in awe of. I want to dedicate an entry to her because she is a big reason I think I am where I am. I talk a lot about my parents and I am forever grateful for everything they made me. I am essentially a mixture of their best. But my sister is my best friend. She really took care of me since I was little when everything started to go wrong between mom and dad. read more

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It`s Nice to be Nice – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ok. Here I am again…back after living in Argentina for a year and some…and I am about to go home. I suppose it was more my therapy than anything else. If you`re really interested, go ahead and read my writings of my time in Buenos Aires and read but I warn you that it can be really brutal. For all others, a summary should do. Here goes, one year of Carmella all in one breath… read more

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