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Things President Obama's Briefing Papers Can't Tell Him About Brazil

Posted March 15, 2011 | 13:52:57 (EST)

Brazilian by birth and having lived in Brazil as a child and in Hawaii since 2003, my dual-cultured heart is bursting with excitement over this opportunity to "talk story" (as we say in Hawaii) with President Obama as he prepares to visit President Dilma Rousseff. It is with this spirit...

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Should Tony Blair be Involved in Planning Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympics?

Posted February 5, 2010 | 13:02:45 (EST)

As they say in Brazil, parabens! (congratulations) to Paulo Coelho, famous novelist and fellow Brazilian, for speaking out against former Prime Minister Tony Blair's potential involvement in planning for Brazil's 2016 Olympics.

And, to Governor Sergio Cabral for declaring Rio de Janeiro...

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Prisoner's Dilemma: Should a Chicago Alderman Relish His Opposition to Felony Franks?

Posted October 14, 2009 | 04:53:01 (EST)

Leave it to a Wall Street Journal story this week about a Chicago alderman's opposition to Jimmy Andrews' Felony Franks -- a hot dog joint that hires felons and sports a logo of hot dogs behind bars, the object of the alleged objection -- to get my buns...

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Minding The Heart Is Jurisprudent

Posted June 4, 2009 | 12:20:14 (EST)

Talking heads will not stop droning on about Obama's use of the word empathy as a requirement for his Supreme Court nominee until they stop to think . . . about how we think.

And I'm hopeful that my words will help them do so. Life is more interesting...

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Brazil's Charmingly Un-PC President

Posted April 1, 2009 | 12:03:45 (EST)

Like President Lula, I am also Brazilian and occasionally engage in cross-cultural communication with a Brit. My husband. Just as Gordon Brown and the chattering classes stiffened in reaction to Lula's white man comments, my husband did, too, with this cultural exchange:

While buying olive oil in a Brazilian...

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