Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Aristides de Sousa Mendes

Aristides de Sousa Mendes... Portuguese hero of World War II.
More to come soon.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Portuguese Program at San Jose State

Boy, this project has taken on a life of its' own for me. I believe that it is so important to keep the Portuguese Studies Program at SJSU not only educationally, but culturally.

I have created a web page for the program so that people will know what it is going on and what the needs are of the PSP. It is critical that the Portuguese community assist in helping the SJSU PSP program keep going to grow and thrive.
Right now a student can earn a minor in Portuguese. We need to develop the numbers to create a major and then a masters.

Every year students are turned away because of a lack of funds to pay a professor to teach more sections. This is problem that has to be out to bed by growing the Portuguese Educational Endowment at the Tower Foundation of San Jose State University.
As immigration ends, we need to leave a legacy of our Portuguese presence in California and the West Coast in general. The PSP at SJSU is one way to do that.

I am now working with the PSP Advisory Board to put on the First Annual Evening at the Harvest or Noite nas Vindimas. I pray that this will be successful and that the community will turn for the event.


Monday, June 28, 2010


Great day celebrating Marie's birthday at Holy Eucharist Parish. The dinner was excellent, the music great, the friends fantastic, and the weather, balmy 75. In San Jose it was 90!

The drive over Hecker Pass was surprisingly calm for a hot Sunday in the Santa Clara Valley. Picked up some wine at Kirgin Cellars and then headed over the hill.

One of the great things about connecting with St. Francis lads is the warm sense of closeness one gets. I thin that today in our busy lives, some of us tend to forget what friendship is and that it comes with no strings attached.

Steph is back from Burlingame Wednesday, so for now it's me, Bobo and Juno. Lucky me.