The Christmas dinner table

At the Christmas dinner table There are liberals, socialists, democrats There are pious, Christians, atheists and sinners There are nerds and brainless fellows There are fathers, mothers, grandparents and godparents There are introverts and some who are talkative. Some would privatise oxygen, if they could Some believe education should be free Some are sure we … Continue reading The Christmas dinner table

Emotions exam

Emotions are brief episodes of autonomic activation and mind arousal associated with a subjective feeling that can be common or out of the ordinary. But this is not always that simple. How do you feel when bumping into an ex? What is the mental interpretation of listening to a friend you once trusted lying bluntly … Continue reading Emotions exam

The red within us

To my friend Noah, who always brings something valuable to the debate (and can also link virtually any topic to capitalism!). That cycle you don’t have That culminates in a stream of red Is both empowering And impairing. That cycle you don’t have Turns our mood into a rollercoaster And makes feelings run over each … Continue reading The red within us

To her

To her that walks on sunshine With burning feet on soft sand A sun-burned face showing a smile And a surfboard under one arm. To her that hides in the comfort of the blankets Or in the warmth of a bubbling bath A steaming black tea with sugar And a dog nested at her feet. … Continue reading To her

Do novo ao antigo normal

Maio de 2035 A cidade está em festa. O país também. A primeira-ministra fala na televisão sobre o derradeiro fim da pandemia. Um dia histórico. Portugal erradica, oficialmente, a COVID-19. O meu pai, que nunca vi sorrir desde que me lembro que existo, irradia uma felicidade contagiante, apoiada de perto pelo olhar esperançoso da minha … Continue reading Do novo ao antigo normal

A melodic pause from real life

(To prof N. and prof J.) When I was five, I was confronted with the first dilemma of my life. The first I can remember of, even though it took place during the timeframe of physiological childhood amnesia, a period well-known by clinicians and therapists - especially those who stubbornly forge its doors open for … Continue reading A melodic pause from real life

Offline thoughts

What about the phone numbers we never saved What about the encounters we kept postponing Hiding behind a screen Sharing feelings in a void Of illusions What about the secrets left unshared What about the unflattering selfies And the emojis lost in a limbo Trapped between the real and the virtual Meaningless What about the … Continue reading Offline thoughts

Hot spells, weird food combinations on the table, and a British rockstar from the 60s running a condemned hostel in the mountains – Road-tripping in Spain

Did you think saying that Portugal was a Spanish province was the worst thing you could do to a Portuguese? Well, you are mistaken. Of course we don’t like it…sure, rage spikes in our blood and we might never talk to you again, but you know what really drives us crazy? Petrol prices in Spain. … Continue reading Hot spells, weird food combinations on the table, and a British rockstar from the 60s running a condemned hostel in the mountains – Road-tripping in Spain

What we can learn from the Olympics Tokyo 2020

Episode #1 Mind over body Starring Jourdan Delacruz Those who still had doubts (in 2021…) about the power of the mind and of how your mental well-being is essential for your body to function efficiently and for you to achieve pretty much anything in life, are most welcome to reflect on the fascinating, yet extremely … Continue reading What we can learn from the Olympics Tokyo 2020

An unforgettable grandfather, a green and white heart and a long-awaited victory

(To my grandfather Z.) Sporting Football Club fans could not hide it. A foot shaking under the table, a nail bitten up to its root, a racing heart under the shirt. It had been nineteen years. NINETEEN years of a patient, yet exasperating wait. It would be our night. It had to. Starting in the … Continue reading An unforgettable grandfather, a green and white heart and a long-awaited victory