quinta-feira, 30 de março de 2017

O vale só pode ser visto do alto da montanha

O vale só pode ser visto do alto da montanha. 
Muitas verdades serão notadas. 
Outras serão descartadas. 
O que é importante será lembrado. 
E a Paz há de surgir!

domingo, 26 de março de 2017

A natureza das nuvens

Se um professor pedisse a uma criança para desenhar nuvens em um céu azul, dificilmente o mesmo professor aceitaria tal desenho. Nuvens não são assim!, diria ele. A natureza faz o que quer... como quer... e quando quer. Nuvem tem de seguir a sua natureza; nuvem tem de ser nuvem! Nós apenas observamos, respeitamos e refletimos.
Em algum momento da manhã de 23 de março de 2017... sob o céu de Pirituba.

Textos para Provas Integrada e Maxi de Inglês - Março - 3º Médio

Ciggies in display ban plan

SHOPKEEPERS could be banned from displaying cigarettes under plans being considered by the Government.
   The Department of Health said it is launching a consultation later this spring to look at ways to stop kids smoking.
   In a bid to cut the number of smokers and prevent children from taking up the habit, ministers have drawn up proposals including a bar on displaying tobacco products and the removal of vending machines from pubs.
   Measures that make it easier to sell nicotine replacement gums and patches are also on the table.
   The proposals follow on from the introduction of the ban on smoking in public places last July.
   According to the Department of Health, the strategy - coupled with the wider smoke free legislation - will save hundreds of lives.
   Someone who starts smoking aged 15 is three times more likely to die of cancer due to smoking than someone who starts in their late twenties, the department said.
   Public Health Minister Dawn Primarolo said: "Children who smoke are putting their lives at risk and are more likely to die of cancer than people who start smoking later.
   "It's vital we get across the message to children that smoking is bad. If that means stripping out vending machines or removing cigarettes from behind the counter, I'm willing to do that."

   According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, the proportion of adults who now smoke has dropped by 2 per cent from 24 per cent to 22 per cent.


Computers OK? Not in Silicon Valley.
A school plugs into low-tech learning.

   The chief technology officer of eBay sends his children to a nine-classroom school in Los Altos, California. So do employees of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard.
   But the school's chief teaching tools are anything but high-tech: pens and paper, knitting needles and, occasionally, mud. Not a computer to be found. They are not allowed in the classroom, and the school even frowns on their use at home.
   Schools across the US have rushed to supply their classrooms with computers, and many policymakers say it is foolish to do otherwise. But the contrarian point of view can be found at the epicentre of the tech economy, where some parents and educators have a message: computers and schools don't mix.
   This is the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, one of about 160 Waldorf schools in the country that subscribe to a teaching philosophy focused on physical activity and learning through creative, hands-on tasks. They are the equivalent of the Steiner schools in Australia. Those who endorse this approach say computers inhibit creative thinking, movement, human interaction and attention spans.
   The Waldorf method is nearly a century old, but its foothold here among the digerati puts into sharp relief an intensifying debate about the role of computers in education.
   ''I fundamentally reject the notion you need technology aids in grammar school,'' said Alan Eagle, 50, whose daughter, Andie, is one of the 196 children at the Waldorf primary school; his son William, 13, is at the nearby high school. ''The idea that an app on an iPad can better teach my kids to read or do arithmetic - that's ridiculous.''
   Eagle knows a bit about technology. He holds a computer science degree and works in executive communications at Google. But he says his daughter, a fifth grader, ''doesn't know how to use Google'' and his son is just learning. (Starting in eighth grade, the school endorses the limited use of gadgets.)
   Three-quarters of the students here have parents with a strong high-tech connection. Eagle, like other parents, sees no contradiction. Technology, he says, has its time and place. ''If I worked at Miramax and made good, artsy, rated-R movies, I wouldn't want my kids to see them until they were 17.''
   While other schools in the region brag about their wired classrooms, the Waldorf school embraces a simple, retro look: blackboards with colourful chalk, bookshelves with encyclopaedias, wooden desks filled with workbooks and pencils.
   On a recent Tuesday, Andie Eagle and her fifth-grade classmates refreshed their knitting skills, making fabric swatches. It's an activity the school says helps develop problem-solving, patterning, math skills and coordination. The long-term goal: making socks.
   Some education experts say the push to equip classrooms with computers is unwarranted because studies do not clearly show that this leads to better test scores or other measurable gains.
   Is learning through cake fractions and knitting any better? The Waldorf advocates make it tough to compare, partly because as private schools, they administer no standardized tests in elementary grades.
   And where advocates for stocking classrooms with technology say children need computer time to compete in the modern world, Waldorf parents counter: what's the rush, given how easy it is to pick up those skills?

   ''At Google and all these places, we make technology as brain-dead easy to use as possible. There's no reason why kids can't figure it out when they get older.''

Texto para Provas Integrada e Maxi de Inglês - Março - 2º Médio

Courtney Stodden Must Be Studying Tabloids and Reality Shows Really Hard

   Teen bride Courtney Stodden must have been studying the tabloids and reality shows in order to learn the best way to get attention because some of her recent behaviour seems rather familiar.
   Take the way she first made headlines, for example. Courtney appears to be a "Girls Next Door" fan judging from her bleach blonde hair and love of skimpy clothing, so maybe she was trying to one-up Hugh Hefner's former flame Crystal Harris.
   The 25-year-old reality show star was set to wed 85-year-old Hef earlier this year, and news of their nuptials definitely got plenty of tabloid attention. This could be where 16-year-old Courtney got the idea to wed 51-year-old "Lost" actor Doug Hutchison, but of course she had to actually go through with the wedding to get the optimum amount of publicity out of her revolting relationship.
   And perhaps she's learned a lot about how to use social media to get her face out there from LeAnn Rimes. The country star seems to get the most attention these days for tweeting and posting sexy photos of herself, something that Courtney has already become a pro at. However, some of LeAnn's bikini pics with Eddie Cibrian caused such a backlash that she temporarily quit Twitter.
    Courtney faced a similar issue over her sexy photos on Facebook, but she was actually kicked off the site for seemingly being too hot for the web to handle. The move got her plenty of attention, but it proved to be a simple mistake -- her account was quickly reinstated.
   So watch out, Doug -- if Courtney is taking cues from LeAnn, it might only be a matter of time before she cheats on you with a married man.
   So what's next for Courtney and Doug? Of course they're trying to get their own reality show, but Court doesn't want it to be "Teen Mom" -- she's waiting a few years to get pregnant. But when she does, she could always give birth to a ton of kids so that she can get her own TLC show. Or maybe Doug could become a polygamist in order to really make people dislike him.
   Whatever they do, one thing is for certain -- Courtney won't be the last girl who has grown up around reality shows and internet tabloid stories to find an outrageous way to gain fame (you don't have to look any further than Justin Bieber's alleged baby mama Mariah Yeater to see that).



Textos para Provas Integrada e Maxi de Inglês - Março - 1º Médio

by Tim Jonze

   The Irish boyband are calling it a day after 20 top five hits, but are planning a farewell arena tour and album.
   Perhaps terrified at the prospect of having to compete for critical attention with the Stone Roses, Westlife have decided to call it a day.
   The Irish boyband, which was formed in 1998 and has inflicted more than 20 top five hits on the general public since then, will no longer be releasing records as relentlessly creative, not to mention downright influential, as Unbreakable, Fool Again and Flying Without Wings. We must, however, keep our champagne corked for now – the band are threatening a farewell arena tour and greatest hits album before they are finally on their way.
   Westlife have sold more than 40m albums during their career and the tour will be a chance for their fans to hear some of those 14 No 1 hits nobody can quite recall the name of for one last time. After that, the foursome, which comprises Nicky Byrne, 33, Shane Filan, 32, Mark Feehily, 31, and Kian Egan, 31, have promised to explore "new ventures". Whether this means a sonic exploration along the fringes of underground electronic or just some charity work and crap solo albums remains to be seen.
   Unfortunately for those of us trying to spin a news story out of this event, there are no reported fights, affairs or even creative differences to attribute the split to. Rather, it seems their parting is "amicable" and quite possibly based around the fact they can't believe they're still getting away with this rubbish after 14 years so best quit while they're ahead.
   In a statement the group said: "Over the years Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band. Westlife are a family."
   Signs that all was not well in the Westlife camp came when the band split with their label boss, Simon Cowell, earlier this year. Byrne said at the time: "We signed to Simon back in 1998 and he was brilliant, but then came the development of X Factor and American Idol. Simon became famous himself and his interests went that way rather than on Westlife. We almost felt a little bit unloved with Simon Cowell, if I was to be honest."
   A band source reportedly told the Sun: "There's no bad blood in the band, they're still great pals. But all good things come to an end and they are all keen to do their own thing. It's not something they have done lightly as they are still at the top of their game. They could carry on making albums into their old age the way their career has gone, but none of them want to do that."
   Let's be thankful for small mercies. Until the 2016 reunion tour, that is.




   A father had a family of sons who were always fighting. He had no luck trying to stop their arguments with words, so he decided to teach them a lesson. He told his sons to bring him a bunch of sticks. He took the sticks and gave them to his eldest son and asked him to break them. The eldest son tried with all his strength but was not able to do it. The other sons tried and were also unsuccessful. The father then separated the sticks and put one into each son's hand. He asked his sons again to try and break the sticks. They broke them easily. The father said, "My sons, if you are of one mind, and unite to assist each other, you will be like these sticks together; but if you are divided among yourselves, you will be broken as easily as a single stick."


domingo, 12 de março de 2017

A Noite Negra da Alma: Uma Viagem através da Poesia Mística de São João da Cruz - em Osasco

Cinco anos depois, a palestra "A Noite Negra da Alma" voltou a ser apresentada em Osasco, no Capítulo R+C Osasco, AMORC, ontem, sábado, 11 de março de 2017. Velhos amigos e alguns novos se encontraram nesta noite única. Muito bem recebidos pela Digna Mestre do Capítulo, Soror Elizabeth Leiva e também pelo Mestre Auxiliar. Não posso deixar de mencionar a Soror Silmara Sil, que tratou comigo ao longo de meses uma data viável para que tudo acontecesse. Além do lindo presente recebido da Mestre, em nome no Capítulo, também ganhei um livro autografado de poesias místicas, de um novo amigo, Frater André Luis Correia. Momento mágico! Meus amigos Eduardo Henshin e Adriana Oliveira também prestigiaram o evento. Kelly Silva e eu adoramos a visita e a recepção. Muito obrigado! Paz Profunda a todos!

Sinopse da palestra: Muito se tem dito sobre a Noite Negra da Alma. Religiosos, místicos, pesquisadores, estudantes modernos de Misticismo e sinceros buscadores caminhando na senda do conhecimento se deparam vez por outra com tal tema e indagam seu espírito a respeito do que seja isso. O que será este período em que a alma humana vive uma grande obscuridade? Será um momento de constatar nossas fraquezas, percebendo quem realmente somos? Quem passa por isso? Quando isso ocorre? O que efetivamente acontece? Qual a sua utilidade prática para nosso desenvolvimento espiritual? A partir das postulações desenvolvidas por São João da Cruz (1542-1591), revistas por ilustres místicos, inclusive por todos os líderes rosacruzes desde o século XVI, principalmente pelo Frater H. Spencer Lewis, Imperator dos Rosacruzes (1915-1939), fazemos uma abordagem contemporânea sobre esse tema que fascina tanto a todos, religiosos, místicos e o grande público. Tal assunto vem sendo estudado pelo palestrante desde a década de 1990. Depois de apresentar o trabalho em vários organismos afiliados da AMORC, a atual versão da palestra apresenta imagens e sons, a fim de ilustrar o que o grande São João da Cruz pensou.

Robson Gimenes, Prof.

Folder da palestra

Início da palestra

A Mestre do Capítulo, Soror Elizabeth Leiva 

Parte do público
Declamação de poema

Parte do público ao final da palestra

Frater André Luis Correia que me presenteou com um livro

Com amigos, Eduardo e Adriana

Presente do Capítulo

Eu e minha amada Kelly

Fachada do Capítulo Rosacruz Osasco, AMORC

sexta-feira, 10 de março de 2017

Textos para Prova Mensal de Inglês - Março - 1º Médio


Surely the greatest airport in the world is Heathrow in London, England. It tops the list of international flights - it handles over two hundred thousand of them every year. It also tops the list of international passengers - seventeen million in a year.
Heathrow has the problems of all the world's airports. It sits at the crossroads between Europe and North America, and between Europe and Asia. Fifty-three thousand people work there: as many work-people as a full-size city.

All kinds of people pass through this strange world - rich and poor, honest and criminal, unknown and famous, etc. Heathrow is truly an Airport International.

Textos para Prova Mensal de Inglês - Março - 2º Médio

Drug addiction
By Mayo Clinic staff
Drug addiction is a dependence on an illegal drug or a medication. When you're addicted, you may not be able to control your drug use and you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. Drug addiction can cause an intense craving for the drug. You may want to quit, but most people find they can't do it on their own.
For many people, what starts as casual use leads to drug addiction. Drug addiction can cause serious, long-term consequences, including problems with physical and mental health, relationships, employment and the law.
You may need help from your doctor, family, friends, support groups or an organized treatment program to overcome your drug addiction and stay drug-free.

Brazil: Water for life, water for all
With a programme that extends from the Amazon to Rio de Janeiro, WWF is working to increase the range of protected wetlands in Brazil, educate local people on the importance of water as a resource, and strengthen the laws to control water use.
Conserving a global freshwater haven
Brazil is home to 14 percent of the world’s freshwater, the vast majority of which flows down the mighty Amazon river. The country is also host to the planet’s largest continental wetland – the Pantanal. Yet Brazil has a water crisis. Almost nine million families have no access to drinkable water and around 70 percent of all hospital admissions are caused by water-related diseases. WWF’s programme in Brazil, supported for five years by HSBC’s £3.5 million investment, extends from the Amazon to Rio de Janeiro. Through this work WWF is increasing the range of protected wetlands, educating local people on how to manage their precious water resources, and strengthening local and national laws that cover freshwater use.
São João river basin
Located in the densely populated area in Rio de Janeiro state, the São João river basin is another freshwater region where the programme is working. The area suffers high levels of pollution from agriculture and sewage. The WWF programme aims to encourage and empower local communities to reduce pollution so that the people of Rio de Janeiro will receive cleaner water.
Water for Life campaigns

Through campaigning, WWF is helping people to understand the importance of water resource issues and how to solve them, and is catalyzing them to take action. A national campaign is showing the importance of protecting the forests at the headwaters of Brazil’s rivers, increasing the availability of clean drinking water and basic sanitation, and reducing water waste. This is being alternated with two themed campaigns which are focusing on improving the management of headwaters in the capital, Brasilia, and reducing the impacts of sewage and sanitation on the environment. WWF is also working with church and government to prepare and distribute educational material to schools and youth groups.

Textos para Prova Mensal de Inglês - Março - 3º Médio

Wealth doesn't always predict good health

   NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The findings from a study of insulin resistance in Europe suggest that high earnings and an advanced educational level do not always translate into good health. In Denmark, children of the most educated and highest earning parents showed the least insulin resistance. By contrast, in Estonia and Portugal, just the opposite was seen.
   Insulin resistance, also known as decreased insulin sensitivity, develops when blood sugar levels need to get much higher before insulin release is triggered. Over time, this resistance can cause health problems and lead to diabetes.
   The findings, which appear in the current issue of the British Medical Journal, are based on a study of about 1,000 randomly selected schoolchildren living in each of the three countries. In the Danish group, children of the most educated fathers had 24 percent lower insulin resistance than children of the least educated fathers, lead author Dr. Debbie A. Lawlor, from the University of Bristol in the UK, and colleagues note. A similar association was seen with parent income. In the Estonian and Portuguese groups, however, children of the most educated fathers had 15 percent and 19 percent higher insulin resistance, respectively, than their peers of the least educated fathers. The magnitude of these associations was largely unchanged when the findings were adjusted for other potentially influential factors.


   This issue of "Gender Equality News" focuses on trafficking of women. It is recognized that we need to look not only at changing the attitudes of the authorities who deal with trafficked victims, but also the prejudices that victims may face within their own communities when and if they return. Julie Bindel opens the debate by looking at the response in the UK to this problem. Alongside the need to revisit the legislation on prosecution of traffickers and our support for victims, she argues that we need to address the fundamental question of demand. Judge Nimfa Cuesta Vilches from the Philippines provides an overview of current law provision on trafficking in her own country. A British Council colleague contributes her view of the socioeconomic conditions that make women in Ukraine vulnerable to the professional international traffickers. Other perspectives from Greece and Bulgaria look at bringing together agencies to work on this issue and the need to raise awareness among vulnerable groups and the community at large. Finally, as a departure from our main focus in this issue, we have the wonderful photographs by Nancy Durrell Mckenna. In an interview she explains the reasons she set up her charity, Safehands for Mothers.
   Our next issue will focus on CEDAW and the progress made 25 years on from its creation, and we welcome articles and photographs on this topic.

Alison Smith (Gender Equality Consultant)

Minha Nina partiu!

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