Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Brasilian Pastime - Futebol

    Anywhere you go here in Brasil, you'll see kids playing futebol (soccer).  The amazing thing is to watch them play without shoes in the unpaved road or in a rocky field!  I wouldn't last a minute; I'm bad enough even when wearing shoes.  Everyone here has grown up playing like this and so they can control the ball as deftly with their feet as most people could with their hands!

     I have played with them some - fun but humiliating!

Quote of the Day:
     The Vision of a Champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, and the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.
       - Anson Dorrance (Head coach of the women's soccer program at the University of North Carolina. ...Under Dorrance's leadership, the Tar Heels have won 20 of the 28 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships. - wikipedia)

Monday, June 6, 2011

J. P. - Faces of Brazil

    With our recent move to Brazil, I have not been able to post many photos.  However, now I have a whole new array of subjects for photography.

     This little boy is the son of a couple who go to our church here.  We had an outdoor church fellowship yesterday and this guy was having a lot of fun playing in the dusty parking lot along with all the other kids.  He is fully Brazilian, though his natural blond highlights are not common for people in this area.  He is about the age of our son and so they get to play together after church.

Quote of the Day:
        Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, their lack of good fortunes or the quirks of fate. Everyone has within them the power to say, "This I am today, that I shall become tomorrow." The wish, however, must be implemented by deeds.
          -  Louis L'Amour (1908 - 1988)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Untimely Knight

   This is a scheduled post.  It was written quite some time back, but I knew that with our move to Brazil, South America, my time for putting up new pictures would be quite limited.

   Many of the kids in our neighborhood in NC just got new "Swords" and so you can only imagine the fierce battles that have been taking place.  Here I got to capture one of the young "knights."

Quote of the Day:
     If your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.
         -  Calvin (Bill Watterson)



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