Tuesday, June 28, 2011

bike lanes

Love this little movie...I SO TOTALLY relate.

Friday, June 24, 2011

what can you learn on youtube?

How to print your own T-shirt:
How to speed read:
How to look like ladygaga:
How to tie a tie:
How to make fresh pasta:
How to make fire without matches or a lighter:
How to open a beer with a pen:
How to knit:
How to cut your own bangs:
How to make ice cream in a bag (preschool edition): http://bit.ly/X8s65
How to do a banana kick:
How to count to 20 in Japanese:
How to peel a melon:
How to get better mileage:
How to create perfect red lips:
How to escape from handcuffs:
How to flirt like a pro:
How to surf:
How to train your dog to stay:
How to make a bacon-infused cocktail:
How to build your self confidence:
How to beat writer's block:
How to be funny on a first date:
How to be a DJ:
How to make mac & cheese, mmm:
How to use gel liner:
How to give a presentation:
How to make a how to video:
How to do the Windmill:
How to get watermelon nails:
How to shoot penalty kicks:
How to wrap a gift professionally:
How to make your own bicycle crank:
How to make chicken biryani:
How to make wine:
How to draw a "realistic" manga face:
How to understand integrals:
How to look sharp for a job interview:
How to play violin - lesson one:
How to properly chop vegetables:
How to make a camisole in one minute:
How to grow strawberries indoors:
How to shave:
How to crack a coconut:
How to buy a house:
How to make Rigatoni Carbonara:
How to make a BristleBot:
How to do makeup for small eyes:
How to make a custom beer pong table:
How to fuse plastic grocery bags into a reusable shopping bag: http://bit.ly/1eS6zf
How to fold a fitted sheet:
How to save money:
How to improve your memory:
How to sew a dress:
How to backflip:
How to curl hair:
How to recycle beer bottles with limes:
How to hem pants:
How to make a green screen:
How to polish shoes:
How to repair a bicycle puncture:
How to make kimchi:
How to recycle used computers
How to make veggie sushi:
How to record better webcam videos:
How to speak French - meeting and greeting:
How to make a "Where the Wild Things Are" Halloween costume: http://bit.ly/28qjv1
How to do yoga:
How to cook Cola BBQ pork chops:
How to deliver a baby in an emergency:
How to melt away pounds:
How to wear different types of scarves:
How to Casper:
How to fold origami:
How to do self-defense when confronted with a gun: http://bit.ly/2l47Fz
How to make a camisole in one minute:
How to make ramen noodles:
How to care for a pet shark:
How to apply fake eyelashes:
How to make a card:
How to make simple, delicious compound butters:
How to dye your clothes:
How to transform a boring school uniform:
How to plant a vegetable garden in 30 minutes:
How to solder copper pipe:
How to make an upholstered headboard:
How to dress appropriately (according to Tim Gunn): http://bit.ly/2Jjiux
How to make sage risotto (as taught by a kid):

Cold Aspargus Soup and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc

Today is Sauvignon Blanc Day, a holiday designated by Napa Valley's St. Supery to appreciate Sauvignon Blanc vines. And Asparagus season is just coming to a close, so enjoy this white aspargus soup recipe paired with a tasty glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

The Dish: White asparagus soup (served hot or cold)
The Wine: Brancott Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand

Asparagus often gets a bad rap for smelling or tasting funny (or making other things smell strange). White asparagus, on the other hand, is a delicacy. It tastes slightly sweeter than its green cousin, and it's tender and versatile. Discover a taste for asparagus with this rich, creamy soup offered up by executive chef Marcus Jernmark of New York's Aquavit. This can be a dish best served cold on a summer afternoon, or you can keep it in the back of your mind to warm up a winter night.

• 2 Cups white asparagus, peeled and diced
• 2 Cups leeks, white part only, diced
• 2 Cups potatoes, diced
• 4 oz. butter
• 1/4 Cup Champagne vinegar
• 3 Cups heavy cream
• 5 Cups vegetable or asparagus stock (made with peel and ends of asparagus)
• 1 Small bouquet garni
• Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, melt the butter and sauté the asparagus, leeks and potatoes, stirring frequently to avoid coloring. Cook for 5-10 minutes until softened; add the vinegar to deglaze. When vinegar cooks off, add the cream, stock and bouquet garni. Season with salt and pepper and reduce until the soup becomes rich and creamy. Turn off the heat and puree the soup with an immersion blender, or in batches in an upright blender.

"This soup is delicious warm or cold," says Jenmark, "and it'll pair well with the Brancott Sauvignon Blanc"

source: bottlenotes.com

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Quote of The Day

"In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves? Self-discipline with all of them came first."
Harry S. Truman

Monday, June 20, 2011


For great food in a chic but not uptight environment:

The Lion (http://www.thelionnyc.com/ )
Degustation (http://www.degustationnyc.com/ )
Mas (
Locanda Verde
Craft (www.craftrestaurant.com)

For great food and a fun ambiance:
Hudson Clearwater (http://hudsonclearwater.com/)  
*They now have brunch with great music also! 
Ipuddo (http://www.ippudony.com/)
Jacks Luxury Oyster Bar
(101 Second Ave near 6th Street)
Balthazar (always great)
Buddakan (www.buddakannyc.com)
Desnuda Cevicheria (www.desnudany.com)

For good food and loads of fun (cool ambiance and people watching):
Waverly Inn
for brunch on weekends ( waverleyinn.com )
La Esquina (http://esquinanyc.com/) make sure to go downstairs
Standard Grill
Spice Market
Zenkichi (www.zenkichi.com)
Pastis (

Take This Bottle For A Spin

Wineries are known for contributing small portions of sales to good causes, particularly programs involving the environment. And then there are the wineries that go above and beyond the call of duty.

Gordon Holmes, owner of California winery Lookout Ridge, started the business in 1998 after a long career in finance and publishing. But the same year that Holmes realized his lifelong dream of owning a winery, his wife, Kari, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Instead of derailing the family's plans for the winery, the news inspired Gordon to spring into action, leveraging his winery to do even more than just make great wine and money.

According to the UN's World Health Organization, there are over 150 million people around the globe in need of wheelchairs. Holmes is trying to chip away at that figure, donating a wheelchair--for each current-release or library wine purchased--to a person in need, somewhere around the world.

To date, Lookout Ridge has donated over 4,500 wheelchairs around the world. Holmes has personally delivered wheelchairs to Belize, Bolivia and Mexico, an experience that he treasures. “I’m a serial entrepreneur, and I love getting my hands dirty. One of my greatest pleasures is looking into the eyes of somebody’s life you’ve just changed.” Lookout Ridge tries to bring this experience to you; if you buy a bottle, you’ll also receive a picture of a wheelchair donation recipient.

Each bottle of Lookout Ridge wine is sold at a set price of $100, but the all-terrain wheelchairs that they donate cost $500-700 each. While he does lose money each year, he manages his losses by fostering “a community in a bottle,” striking deals with his bottle, label, and cork producers, not to mention star winemakers and corporate sponsors to help cover costs.

Next time you're looking to give someone a really special bottle of wine, keep Lookout Ridge in mind. Click here to learn more about the program or how to buy the wines.

source: www.bottlenotes.com

In Rehearsal: Sutton Foster Sings "Anything Goes" (ensaio do Anything Goes)

Rehersal of "Anything Goes" with our marvelous darling of musicals, the sweet and incredibly talented
Sutton Foster (...that I had the luck to meet. What a sweetie she is!)

Ensaio do musical "Anything Goes" com a nossa queridinha dos musicais, a doce e super talentosa Sutton Foster (que tive a sorte de conhecer..além de ter ser esse talento todo ela é uma delícia de pessoa!)

Here's the link for the Tony Awards presentation:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


"SUPAKITCH & KORALIE Art". If you're interested in more work by the artists (who currently have a show up), you can check out their website HERE.

Monday, June 13, 2011


Maravilha! Ó o André arrasando aí de novo!

Let Them In: How Brazilians Could Help the U.S. Economy


By Tim Rogers

Everyone should love Brazilian tourists. They spend more per capita than any other nationality. Worldwide, Brazilian tourists shell out an average of $43.3 million a day, dropping a gigantesco $1.4 billion last April alone, up 83% from the same period last year, according to the Brazil's Central Bank. In 2010, 1.2 million Brazilians visited the United States, injecting $5.9 billion into the U.S. economy. Even exclusive ski resorts in Vermont are scrambling to hire Portuguese-speaking ski instructors to meet the unexpected and rapidly growing demand from thousands of adventurous Brazilians who want to samba down the slopes. "Brazil is our fastest growing international market — up 20% from last season," says Chris Belanger of Stowe Mountain Resort.

Not that the U.S. has made it particularly easy for os turistas brasileiros to visit. Instead of rolling out the red carpet for the travelers from the increasingly wealthy South American nations, the U.S. makes Brazilians — and every other Latin American nationality — undergo a lengthy and expensive visa-application process that takes months of planning and can cost thousands of dollars in travel, lodging, food and other expenses — all before leaving the country.

In all of Brazil, a country larger than the continental United States, the U.S. has only four consular offices: in the capital Brasilia, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. That means a family living in Porto Alegre would have to spend hundreds of dollars on domestic airline tickets to fly everyone 700 miles to São Paulo, then drop hundreds more on hotel rooms, food and taxis, just to get a visa application interview, which costs an additional $140 each.

While the State Department claims the average international wait time for a visa interview is 30 days, in Brazil it can be as high as 141 days, according to Steve Joyce of the U.S. Travel Association. That's not due to bureaucratic laziness. The overworked consular staff in São Paulo is currently processing an average of 2,300 visas every day, more than any other U.S. consulate in the world. And they hope to nearly double their production level by next year to keep from falling farther behind. Brazil represents the fastest-growing non-immigrant visa demand in the world, up 234% over the past five years, eclipsing even China's 124% increase in U.S. visa issuances, according to the State Department.

Tourist industry officials say Brazil should be on the list of countries whose citizens do not need a visa to enter the U.S. There are currently 36 countries on Washington's visa waiver list, but none of them are in Latin America. Some argue it's hampering the U.S.' economic growth and global competitiveness. For example, Chilean tourism to the United States is down more than 30% from 10 years ago, while globally the number of Chileans traveling overseas to other countries is up 50%. Martha Pantín, communications director for American Airlines, notes that many Latin American travelers have started connecting through other destinations since the U.S. suspended the Transfer Without a Visa program following 9/11. She says the Miami-based air carrier "strongly supports" the extension of visa waiver status to Argentina, Brazil and Chile and is "hopeful that this will occur in the very near future."

Indeed, the visa hurdles are at odds with a $200 million PR blitz led by the Corporation for Travel Promotion, a public-private partnership created by congressional law in 2010. While much of the campaign will target traditional markets in Canada and Europe — countries where people don't need a visa to travel to the U.S. — there will also be a new focus on emerging Latin American markets that already are playing an important role in the recovery of the country's $134 billion tourism industry.

The most lucrative target is Brazil, Latin America's largest economy. In the past, most Brazilians used to come to the United States looking for work; now they come to spend money and create jobs. The spending would help the U.S. economy tremendously. The American tourism market has recovered slowly since 9-11, but it missed out on a decade of growth, according to Roger Dow, president of the U.S. Travel Association. "We call it the lost decade. If we had just stayed on pace with the rest of the world, we would have generated $606 billion more dollars and have 467,000 more jobs right now," Dow said recently at the Pow Wow tourism trade show in San Francisco.

The good news, he says, is that the problem is still fixable, and has some inexpensive solutions. By just extending the visa-waiver program to Brazil and Chile, he says, the United States could double visits from those countries in one year and quickly generate $10.3 billion in new tourism revenue while creating 95,100 new American jobs. The Travel Association has also proposed a simple, four-point plan for "common sense entry reforms" that Dow says would create an estimated 1.3 million new jobs and bring in $858 billion into the U.S. economy by 2020. He insists the entry reforms, visa waivers and other "trusted traveler" initiatives would not compromise U.S. national security, rather streamline it and let Homeland Security "focus more on finding bad guys rather than harassing the good guys." "If you want to find needle in haystack, you shrink the haystack," Dow says. But, he adds, "If you treat every traveler as a terrorist, [security work] becomes very difficult."

Indeed, despite U.S. visa policies that treat all Latinos as immigrants vying for American jobs and their piece of the "American Dream," many are just tourists from down under have already achieved their own Brazilian or Chilean dreams and just want to visit the U.S. and spend their money here. So by not doing more to welcome them, it might just be Uncle Sam who is denying more Americans a better shot at living the dream themselves.

Saint Anthony's Day (Dia de Sto Antonio)

Anthony of Padua

Early life

Fernando Martins de Bulhões was born in Lisbon to Martin Vicente de Bulhões and Teresa Pais Taveira. His father was the brother of Pedro Martins de Bulhões, the ancestor of the Bulhão or Bulhões family. His was a very rich family of the nobility who wanted him to become educated, and they arranged for him to be instructed at the local cathedral school. Against the wishes of his family, however, he entered the community of Canons Regular of St. Augustine at the Abbey of St. Vincent on the outskirts of Lisbon. The Canons were famous for their dedication to scholarly pursuits, and sent the youth to their major center of studies, the Abbey of the Holy Cross in Coimbra. There the young Fernando studied theology and Latin.


After his ordination to the priesthood, Fernando was named guestmaster and placed in charge of hospitality for the abbey. It was in this capacity, in 1219, that he came into contact with five Franciscan friars who were on their way to Morocco to preach the Gospel to the Muslims there. Fernando was strongly attracted to the simple, evangelical lifestyle of the friars, whose order had been founded only eleven years prior. In February of the following year, news arrived that the five Franciscans had been martyred in Morocco, the first to be killed in their new order. Seeing their bodies as they were processed back to Assisi, Fernando meditated on the heroism of these men, and, inspired by their example, obtained permission from church authorities to leave the Augustinian canons to join the new Franciscan Order.

On the journey to Italy to enter the new order, his ship was driven by a storm onto the coast of Sicily and he landed at Messina. From Sicily he made his way to Assisi and sought admission into a convent of the order in Italy, but met with difficulty on account of his sickly appearance. He was finally assigned, out of pure compassion, to the rural hospice of San Paolo near Forlì, Romagna, Italy, a choice made after considering his poor health. There he appears to have lived as a hermit and was put to work in the kitchen. Upon his entry to the Franciscan Order, he took the name Anthony.

Preaching and Teaching

One day, on the occasion of an ordination, a great many visiting Dominican friars were present, and there was some misunderstanding over who should preach. The Franciscans naturally expected that one of the Dominicans would occupy the pulpit, for they were renowned for their preaching; the Dominicans, on the other hand, had come unprepared, thinking that a Franciscan would be the homilist. In this quandary, the head of the hermitage, who had no one among his own humble friars suitable for the occasion, called upon Anthony, whom he suspected was most qualified, and entreated him to speak whatever the Holy Spirit should put into his mouth. Anthony objected but was overruled, and his sermon created a deep impression. Not only his rich voice and arresting manner, but the entire theme and substance of his discourse and his moving eloquence, held the attention of his hearers.

At that point, Anthony was commissioned by Brother Gratian, the local Minister Provincial, to preach the Gospel throughout the area of Lombardy, in northern Italy. In this capacity he came to the attention of the founder of the order, St. Francis of Assisi. Francis had held a strong distrust of the place of theological studies in the life of his brotherhood, fearing that it might lead to an abandonment of their commitment to a life of real poverty. In Anthony, however, he found a kindred spirit for his vision, who was also able to provide the teaching needed by young members of the order who might seek ordination. He thereby entrusted the pursuit of studies for any of his friars to the care of Brother Anthony. From then on his skills were used to the utmost by the Church. Occasionally he took another post, as a teacher, for instance, at the universities of Montpellier and Toulouse in southern France, but it was as a preacher that Anthony revealed his supreme gift.

In 1226, after attending the General Chapter of his order held at Arles, France, and preaching in the French region of Provence, Anthony returned to Italy and served as envoy from the general chapter to Pope Gregory IX. At the Papal court, his preaching was hailed as a "jewel case of the Bible" and he was commissioned to produce his collection of sermons, Sermons for Feast Days (Sermones in Festivitates).

Anthony became ill with dropsy and, in 1231, went to the woodland retreat at Camposampiero with two other friars for a respite. There Anthony lived in a cell built for him under the branches of a walnut tree. Saint Anthony died on the way back to Padua on 13 June 1231 at the Poor Clare monastery at Arcella, aged 36.

Various legends surround the death of Anthony. One holds that when he died, the children cried in the streets and that all the bells of the churches rang of their own accord. Another legend regards his tongue. Anthony is buried in a chapel within the large basilica built to honor him, where his tongue is displayed for veneration in a large reliquary. When his body was exhumed thirty years after his death, it was claimed that the tongue glistened and looked as if it was still alive and moist; apparently a further claim was made that this was a sign of his gift of preaching.[2]

Anthony could be said to have become the "quickest" saint in the history of the Catholic Church because he was canonized by Pope Gregory IX on May 30, 1232 at Spoleto, Italy, less than one year after his death.

His fame spread through Portuguese evangelization, and he has been known as the most celebrated of the followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the patron saint of his adopted home of Padua, as well as of his native Lisbon, not to mention many other places in Portugal and in the countries of the former Portuguese Empire. He is especially invoked for the recovery of lost items.

Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII on January 16, 1946, he is sometimes called the "Evangelical Doctor" (Doctor Evangelicus).

Unfailing prayer to Saint Anthony

St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and charity for his creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I ask you to obtain for me the favors that I seek (mention your request here).

The answer to my prayer may require a miracle, even so, you are the Saint of Miracles.

O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was full of sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Infant Jesus, who loved to be held in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever by yours.

sources: wikipedia/arturovasquez.wordpress.com.

Warren Buffett lunch sells for $2,626,411 in charity auction - Jun. 10, 2011

Warren Buffett lunch sells for $2,626,411 in charity auction - Jun. 10, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

9º Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil - NY

click image to enlarge

Nando's film, OUR HOME will be playing at the Tribeca Brazil Film Fest

on June 13th, Monday at 9:30pm



a sweet encounter with a worldmate


click link to watch movie

Transfinitando Transfigurando

Light and sound design from Ryoji Ikeda's show

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Recognize the inherent worth of all human beings.

Eliminate derogatory words and phrases from your vocabulary.

Speak with people – not at them … or about them.

Practice empathy. Walk awhile in others’ shoes.

Earn people's respect through your behaviors.

Consider others’ feelings before speaking and acting.

Treat everyone with dignity and courtesy.

Heat Wave

Heat Wave - with temperatures soaring to 100 degrees last night..some New Yorkers decided to go "carioca style" parading the streets topless.
This particular young men got my attention.

Monday, June 6, 2011



Photo taken a few summers ago in Rio.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Quote of The Day

"Dream big. Start small. Have it all."
(My wise mom posted this quote on her Facebook page today, and I think it is a pretty good one. So I decided to share it here on my blog. I tried to find the author on Google but nothing came up)


Spanking new column, about tips on


Today's Tip:


I was watching Showtimes' Nurse Jackie in bed last night

and Edie Falco, as nurse Jackie,

said something simple but to the point:


(...basically, giving each other space is KEY)

A French Picnic for Early Summer

A French Picnic for Early Summer

Perhaps no one understands the concept of le pique-nique better than the French. It can be as simple or elaborate as you like — a crunchy baguette, good cheese, good friends, and a bottle of wine is all you need to watch the afternoon shadows elongate over the banks of the Seine in the summer. But no matter where you are this June, you can capture a bit of Parisian joie de vivre in a basket with our favorite traditional French picnic dishes. Perfect for sharing among four, this seasonal menu can be cooked a day or two in advance, chilled, and easily transported to the nearest or most far-flung patch of early summer grass. Spread out a colorful blanket, pour enough chilled rosé for everyone, and pass the paté!


A loaf of fresh French bread
Duck Paté
Cornichon picklesDijon mustard, such as Maille
A selection of French cheeses
Aioli with young vegetables
Punitions (French shortbread cookies)
Fresh strawberries

Wine Pairing: 2010 L'Esprit de Sainte Marguerite Cotes de Provence Rosé or a similarly crisp, faintly sweet bottle. (Keep it chilled with a cooling sleeve.)

source: borrowed from Saveur

There's no such thing as a jellyfish

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Spanking new column, about tips on

Today's Tip:


No one likes to deal with an unreliable person, that doesn't follow through on agreed plans.

A flaky person has no manners and it has zero class.

No great guy will stand for that. Be good or be gone.


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Today's Tip:


No one likes to deal with an unreliable person, that doesn't follow through on agreed plans.

A flaky person has no manners and it has zero class.

No great gal will stand for that. Be good or be gone.

Quote of The Day

"Life if made of TODAYS. Breathe!"
~Tadeu Jungle

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Quote of The day

'I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.'

~Maya Angelou

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Harmonie du Soir - Charles Baudelaire

Harmonie du Soir

Voici venir les temps où vibrant sur sa tige
Chaque fleur s'évapore ainsi qu'un encensoir;
Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir;
Valse mélancolique et langoureux vertige!

Chaque fleur s'évapore ainsi qu'un encensoir;
Le violon frémit comme un cœur qu'on afflige;
Valse mélancolique et langoureux vertige!
Le ciel est triste et beau comme un grand reposoir.

Le violon frémit comme un cœur qu'on afflige,
Un cœur tendre, qui hait le néant vaste et noir!
Le ciel est triste et beau comme un grand reposoir;
Le soleil s'est noyé dans son sang qui se fige.

Un cœur tendre, qui hait le néant vaste et noir,
Du passé lumineux recueille tout vestige!
Le soleil s'est noyé dans son sang qui se fige...
Ton souvenir en moi luit comme un ostensoir!

Harmony of Evening

Here coming is the time when on its stem will blow
Each flower, like a censer, now evaporating.
The sounds and the perfumes turn in the air of evening,
A melancholy waltz and languid vertigo!

Each flower, like a censer, now evaporating,
The violin is quivering like a heart in woe,
A melancholy waltz and languid vertigo!
The sky is sad and lovely, like a great repose.

The violin is quivering like a heart in woe,
A tender heart, which hates vast, black oblivion!
The sky is sad and lovely, like a great repose.
The sun is drowned in its own blood which thickens.

A tender heart which hates vast, black oblivion
Collects all vestiges from bygone luminance!
The sun is drowned in its own blood which thickens…
Your remembrance shone within me like a monstrance!

The season is at hand when swaying on its stem
Every flower exhales perfume like a censer;
Sounds and perfumes turn in the evening air;
Melancholy waltz and languid vertigo!

Every flower exhales perfume like a censer;
The violin quivers like a tormented heart;
Melancholy waltz and languid vertigo!
The sky is sad and beautiful like an immense altar.

The violin quivers like a tormented heart,
A tender heart, that hates the vast, black void!
The sky is sad and beautiful like an immense altar;
The sun has drowned in his blood which congeals...

A tender heart that hates the vast, black void
Gathers up every shred of the luminous past!
The sun has drowned in his blood which congeals...
Your memory in me glitters like a monstrance!

The fantastic Larry Griswold


Laurens (Larry) V. Griswold (1905 - 1996), conhecido como "O Louco do mergulho", foi um ginasta americano e artista que esteve envolvido no desenvolvimento inicial do trampolim .
Griswold desenvolveu um número de acrobacias e palhaçadas, atuando profissionalmente durante anos.
Fingia ser um homem bêbado e descoordenado que tentava pular de um trampolim para efetuar um grande mergulho. Um ato hilário e, ao mesmo tempo, arrepiante.
Aqui, uma de suas apresentações no "Frank Sinatra Show" datada de Novembro de 1951

Quote of The Day

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.”