My Husband Has No Olfactory Sensibility

Posted by Adriana on January 17, 2017 in Nonfiction, Personal Essays, Personal Notes, Writing |

Is there such a thing as the right day of the year to have all your rugs washed? Yes, there is. It’s when someone opens the backyard door for the dog to go out to do its first business of the day, and allows it back inside after being sprayed by a skunk. I must […]

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Why I See Voting as a Duty

Posted by Adriana on November 7, 2016 in Personal Notes, Writing |

I was born in Brazil in 1968. In 1964 the Brazilian Armed Forces, supported by the United States under Lyndon B. Johnson, staged a coup d’état and deposed Brazil’s democratically elected president, the leftist João Goulart from the Labor Party. Through political maneuvers, the Brazilian Congress—under extreme right majority—eased the military takeover. Although the US […]

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I’m Not a Pet Person. Why Do I Have a Dog?

Posted by Adriana on October 13, 2016 in Personal Essays, Personal Notes, Uncategorized, Writing |

Why do I have a dog? I’ve been asking myself more often than I used to; a few times a day actually. That isn’t good. It’s like asking yourself: Why am I married? Or, why is there so much hair in my shower drain? You know, those kinds of questions that make you feel uncomfortable. […]

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Unexpected Challenges I Faced When Raising My Bilingual Kids

Posted by Adriana on September 16, 2016 in Parenting, Personal Essays, Personal Notes, Writing |

Unexpected Challenges I Faced When Raising My Bilingual Kids by Adriana T. Gomes As a writer I treasure the gift of communication. Maybe that was my problem when I had my first baby. I insisted on teaching her Portuguese and English simultaneously. It’s not easy. No wonder so many children of immigrants speak only English. The […]

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Outlining x Quilting

Posted by Adriana on April 4, 2016 in Grammatically Challenged, Personal Notes, Writing |

Outlining versus Quilting One of my favorite authors, José Saramago, didn’t believe in Outlining. He had an idea and started writing, moving forward two pages a day, from beginning to end of a work. He didn’t like revisions either. In an interview to Paris Review from 1998 he stated that 90% of his complete manuscripts […]

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The Girl Who Could See Far

Posted by Adriana on November 19, 2015 in Personal Notes, Writing |

Time has been a hard to get commodity for me since my kids were born. I talked about it already. My life style; moving frequently because of my husband’s career has made things trickier. Yet I wouldn’t trade the great life we made for ourselves as a family; it’s difficult, but so enriching. We moved […]

More Time

Posted by Adriana on October 15, 2015 in Personal Essays, Personal Notes, Writing |

Not time, more of it. It’s been scarce since I became a mother. Worst, it is scornful now. If I’m enjoying myself, it runs away. If I’m dreading the moment, it stays longer, it gives itself “more” to me. It allows me to bask in sorrow. Not consciously, I stumbled on the solution, skepticism. A […]

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Forgive me Muse for I have sinned

Posted by Adriana on August 8, 2015 in Personal Notes |

Forgive me Muse for I have sinned. I haven’t committed a word to paper in a long time. Please pardon my many moments of stillness as your spark shined bright and I wouldn’t make time to explore the possibilities. Please pardon those moments I reached for a pen and decided to grab a cereal bar, […]

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I am a happy victim of books

Posted by Adriana on December 27, 2012 in Personal Notes |

My best moment of 2012 was outweighed by the worst one, by far.

Posted by Adriana on December 26, 2012 in Personal Notes, Writing |

The year is coming to an end, and lists of 2012 “best” and “worst” everything dominate news papers and magazine covers in most countries of the world. Retrospectives of the nearly finished year share the lists of topics of TV variety shows with resolutions for the new year. To me, the best thing that happened […]

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