When fighting monsters, beware!

_fNietzsche“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.” 
― Friedrich Nietzsche


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Receita de Ano Novo – New Year Recipe – Carlos Drummond de Andrade

Receita de Ano Novo – New Year’s Recipe 

Carlos Drummond de Andrade



For you to win a beautiful New Year 
color of the rainbow, or the color of your peace, 
New Year without comparison with all the time already lived 
(badly lived maybe or lacking of purpose) 
for you to win a year 
not just painted new, mended in a hurry, 
but new in the seedings of becoming; 
even in the heart of things less perceived 
(beginning with its interior) 
new, spontaneous, that of so perfect or not noticed, 
but with it you can eat, can walk, can 
love, can understand itself, can work, 
you do not need to drink champagne or any other booze, 
do not need to send or receive messages 
(do plants receive messages?
passes telegrams?) 

No need 
a list of good intentions 
to file them in the drawer. 
You do not need to weep regretted 
by the consumed nonsense 
nor naively believe 
that by decree of hope 
from January on things will change 
and be all clarity, reward, 
justice between men and nations, 
freedom with smell and taste of morning bread, 
respected rights, beginning 
by the august right to live. 

To win a New Year 
that deserves this name, 
you, my dear, have to deserve it, you 
must make it new, I know it is not easy, 
but try, try, conscious.
It is within you that the New Year 
sleeps and waits forever.

Carlos Drummond de Andrade , “New Year’s Recipe”. Editora Record. 2008.


Para você ganhar belíssimo Ano Novo 
cor do arco-íris, ou da cor da sua paz, 
Ano Novo sem comparação com todo o tempo já vivido 
(mal vivido talvez ou sem sentido) 
para você ganhar um ano 
não apenas pintado de novo, remendado às carreiras, 
mas novo nas sementinhas do vir-a-ser; 
até no coração das coisas menos percebidas 
(a começar pelo seu interior) 
novo, espontâneo, que de tão perfeito nem se nota, 
mas com ele se come, se passeia, 
se ama, se compreende, se trabalha, 
você não precisa beber champanha ou qualquer outra birita, 
não precisa expedir nem receber mensagens 
(planta recebe mensagens? 
passa telegramas?) 

Não precisa 
fazer lista de boas intenções 
para arquivá-las na gaveta. 
Não precisa chorar arrependido 
pelas besteiras consumadas 
nem parvamente acreditar 
que por decreto de esperança 
a partir de janeiro as coisas mudem 
e seja tudo claridade, recompensa, 
justiça entre os homens e as nações, 
liberdade com cheiro e gosto de pão matinal, 
direitos respeitados, começando 
pelo direito augusto de viver. 

Para ganhar um Ano Novo 
que mereça este nome, 
você, meu caro, tem de merecê-lo, 
tem de fazê-lo novo, eu sei que não é fácil, 
mas tente, experimente, consciente. 
É dentro de você que o Ano Novo 
cochila e espera desde sempre.

Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Record 2008



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Formal Aspects of Organization Structure – USC

Formal Aspects of Organization Structure – USC

A Case Study of a State Owned Insurance Company


Cecilio Augusto Farias Berndsen

A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School

University of Southern California

In Partial Fulfillment of the

Requirements for the Degree


(Public Administration)


June 1975

CLICK HERE FOR THE DISSERTATION:   >>>         1975 06 Ph D Dissertation – Cecilio A F Berndsen

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En la vida todos tenemos…

‘En la vida todos tenemos un secreto inconfesable, un arrepentimiento irreversible, un sueño inalcanzable, y un amor inolvidable’

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“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” N. Mandela

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”   N. Mandela

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Human Family by Maya Angelou

Human Family

by Maya Angelou

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.

The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.

I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

We love and lose in China,
we weep on England’s moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.

We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we’re the same.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.


Apple celebrates diversity with “The Human Family” . Special for the Olympic Gamer Rio 2016  (August 4, 2016)


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Chris asks Manuela to marry him

Chris asks Manuela to marry him

July 2016


Cris Sabri asks Manuela Berndsen to marry him. It was a beautiful afternoon in Loudoun County, Virginia. Friends and family were present to cheer the couple. July 2016

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