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Art in Graphite

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Art in Graphite

By Karla Rensch

Art nurtures the soul and it is the direct way artists come into contact with their innermost, sacred selves. As regards Brazilian art in Connecticut and the surrounding area, an interesting and highly renowned profile in social media comes to mind, a charismatic artist who disseminates her art through graffiti anywhere she goes. Veronica Martins…

Celebrating the Independence of Brazil in Connecticut

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Celebrating the Independence of Brazil in Connecticut

By Karla Rensch

“… They heard from the placid shores of the Ipiranga The resounding shout of a heroic folk…” This is how the Brazilian National Anthem begins, uplifting the proclamation made by then Prince Regent Dom Pedro’s famous cry: “Brazilians, Independence or death!” This historical event is remembered as the “Cry of Ipiranga,” which took place at…

Maintaining the Health of Your Brain and Your Mind

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Maintaining the Health of Your Brain and Your Mind

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Depression and anxiety are very real contemporary problems that affect thousands of people. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), by 2020, depression will be the most crippling disease in the world. It generates that feeling of sadness that never goes way, the lack of stimulus that keeps one in bed and unwilling to perform…

Migrating with Your Mind, Leaving Behind Your Heart

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Migrating with Your Mind, Leaving Behind Your Heart

By Karla Rensch

“Incomplete migration that breaks your heart and soul into pieces”; that was how Maria do Socorro dos Santos, a Brazilian from Governador Valadares in the state of Minas Gerais, described her experience in the United States, a land she defines as blessed and full of opportunities. The dos Santos life story is one among the…

Tips to Enjoy a Healthy Summer

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Tips to Enjoy a Healthy Summer

By Karla Rensch

Whether living in the Northern or Southern hemisphere, and regardless of cultural background, human beings share a common behavior – finding the availability to go out and enjoy the sun. In reality, summer is the most anticipated season of the year. In some European countries, as well as in the United States, school vacations last…

Adma Moura, New Brazilian Attorney Serving the Danbury Community

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Adma Moura, New Brazilian Attorney Serving the Danbury Community

By Karla Rensch

Migration is synonymous with opening horizons. Those who decide to become immigrants always carry baggage that is indeed heavy, but full of dreams and expectations. Nonetheless, apprehension of the unknown causes a lot of uncertainty. To adjust to a culture that is not your own, to come out of your comfort zone and face unimaginable…

‘Festa Junina” in the United States

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‘Festa Junina” in the United States

By Karla Rensch

It’s no secret that Brazilians are very enthusiastic people by nature, who love to rejoice. What many people may not know is that during the month of June, the “Festa Junina” (June Festival), also known as the “Festa de São João” for celebrating the nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24), is celebrated nationwide. It is…

“Brigadeiro’: A Brazilian Sweet with an International Reputation

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“Brigadeiro’: A Brazilian Sweet with an International Reputation

By Karla Rensch

“Brigadeiro,” a Brazilian sweet (a cross between fudge and a chocolate truffle) that is not only delicious but very easy to make, has torn down borders and conquered the world. A few years ago, The New York Times published an article about New Yorkers’ fascination with this iconic Brazilian sweet. Here in Connecticut, it is…

Cachaça – Catching the spirit of Brazil

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Cachaça – Catching the spirit of Brazil

By Karla Rensch

Brazilian cachaça, (a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice), is widely known as a quality alcoholic beverage that has prevailed as an export around the world. In 2017, according to the Brazilian Institute of Cachaça (IBRAC) and the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, the United States is still the main market for…

Winning the Battle Against the Scale

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Winning the Battle Against the Scale

By Karla Rensch

The adult obesity rate in the United States has been growing steadily since 1999, registering at 30.5 percent that year. It currently stands at an alarming level, affecting 39.6 percent of the adult population, according to a government report published in 2017. Experts from around the world are concerned because the condition is associated with…

Public Libraries Offer a World of Knowledge for Free

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Public Libraries Offer a World of Knowledge for Free

By Karla Rensch

Nowadays, we notice that one of the biggest global concerns – education – transcends race, religion or cultural boundaries. Education causes constant uncertainty in parents who cautiously consider the planning of their children’s future. After all, children are the future foundation of humanity. It is a known fact worldwide that the United States is far…

Pianist and Mezzo-Soprano Brazilian Divides Your Musical Passion

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Pianist and Mezzo-Soprano Brazilian Divides Your Musical Passion

By Karla Rensch

Music is one of the passions that accompanies a human being during his or her evolution process. In addition to acknowledging and surpassing cultural and economic boundaries, music is for many people the food that nourishes their soul. We can observe that in both the United States and in Brazil, love for music is widespread…

The Presence of Wine in Brazilian and American Cultures

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The Presence of Wine in Brazilian and American Cultures

By Karla Rensch

Wine is one of the oldest drinks in the world, with an eclectic historical and cultural background. Its regular consumption is prominent in every corner of the globe. Over the years, Brazilians have been learning to drink and enjoy good wine, while the American is already quite familiar with its peculiarities. Debora Dividino, a well-known…

Brazilian Carnival: An Unforgettable Spectacle

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Brazilian Carnival: An Unforgettable Spectacle

By Karla Rensch

The Carnival of Brazil is renowned worldwide for its splendor, uniqueness and originality. Taking place in a country rich in diversity, Brazil’s carnival is no different, showcasing in diverse ways each state and region of the country. It is no surprise that people in several parts of the globe watch the traditional parade of Rio…

The Beauty Industry

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The Beauty Industry

By Karla Rensch

The beauty industry moves millions. Its power is tremendous; regardless of any crisis a given country is facing, anywhere in the world, the global cosmetic market grows progressively around 4 percent annually. It is interesting to note that consumption patterns basically remain the same over time. Whether for cultural or social reasons, the contemporary consumer…

Intercultural Marriage

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Intercultural Marriage

By Karla Rensch

Love is unacquainted with nationality and frontiers. Based on this social aspect and on popular perception, some historians and researchers attribute to love (in this case, among citizens of widely different cultures and customs) the responsibility of making it possible to grow and solidify relationships between individuals who have nothing in common, that against statistics…

It Takes a Solidary Community to Help One Fight Depression

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It Takes a Solidary Community to Help One Fight Depression

By Karla Rensch

The intensity of the winter in the United States often changes, and it has many peculiarities, like in Brazil, where there is no snow but some states experience very low temperatures. Different from many residents in the Western United States who enjoy the winter, the Brazilian community that resides in that prosperous area, where the…

Brazilian Art Showcased Abroad

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Brazilian Art Showcased Abroad

By Karla Rensch

Brazilian handicrafts have a striking presence in the world market, mainly in the United States. It is interesting to note that their steady growth occurs not only due to the large number of immigrants residing in the country, but also to the support of Itamaraty, the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in helping the non-immigrant artisan to guarantee a physical presence in the international…

Green Plus, a Natural and Organic Food Choice Now at Padaminas Bakery Padaminas Bakery Launches Green Plus, a Natural and Organic Food Choice

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Green Plus, a Natural and Organic Food Choice Now at Padaminas Bakery Padaminas Bakery Launches Green Plus, a Natural and Organic Food Choice

By Karla Rensch

Many studies show that one of the main concerns of contemporary societies is pursuing a better quality of life. Nowadays, we see individuals who aspire not only to material gain. Besides success and personal ascension, they yearn for health and a long life. The result of this quest for life conditions that are more stable…

An Extra Special Christmas Celebration

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An Extra Special Christmas Celebration

By Karla Rensch

Children are special for they all carry within – something pure, amazing and naïve. There is a group in this magical children’s world whose diagnoses and challenges make them even more special. They have unique personalities, academic development and ways to interact with society. A child with special needs is one that requires a different…

The Backstage of a Dream

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The Backstage of a Dream

By Karla Rensch

There are timeless behaviors unrelated to the current economy, politics, beliefs or education level that are directly connected to one’s life ideals and remain inherent as time passes by. The desire to improve is related to human behavior. The so-desired “American Dream” continues to be the key motivator for immigrants that have traveled the world…

Brazilian Entrepreneurship in the United States

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Brazilian Entrepreneurship in the United States

By Karla Rensch

Brazilians are naturally entrepreneurial people; according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2011 (GEM), in a research project conducted in partnership with Sebrae and IBQP, the Brazilian Institute of Quality and Productivity, Brazilian entrepreneurship is the third ranking among 54 countries that were studied, right behind China and the United States. When migrating, Brazilians coming to…