Once upon a time…

“Once upon a time…” These words spontaneously evoke our childhood. We listened attentively to these stories, sometimes even falling asleep quietly, that deeply shaped our perception of the world and our interpretation of social norms, affecting the way we imagined new worlds and adventures. Though in most societies the written tradition has the monopoly of […]

It’s Not a Birdfeeder. It’s a Brain-Feeder

I was walking back home from dinner down the very busy Venice Boulevard, when all of a sudden an unexpected object caught my eye. It’s hard to see something unexpected on such a major street because, well, what is unexpected becomes the expected. But this was a completely novel find. Let me explain. I saw […]

Seeing With New Eyes

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust Somebody sent me this quote the other day, and in the moment  I currently find myself (in a way “discovering new landscapes”), this quote takes on a special meaning. What do we see when we look? Or better yet, what […]

A New Favela

For many, the word “favela” is directly related to other words such as “insecurity,” “violence,” “delinquency”… and another lengthy list of adjectives that are based on our perception created by the daily news. And yet, we don’t know much about what really happens in these communities; neighborhoods not so far from our homes, that even […]