Cissa Fleming

A collection of thoughts… or a list of lists?!

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Books

Thanks to Delicious Library, an application for  the Mac to organize and catalog books, I could include more than 4000 of our books and 300 DVDs in an website.

 
It took 9 months to catalog them, but I still have boxes of paperback books in the garage (1500 cataloged already, around 2000 still to do it). And, of course, new books every week… 

We are part of a book club called Devonshire;  here is the list of some of the books that they have reading these 10 years.

My favorite books?  Illusionsby Richard Bach, and A Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marques.

What books I have read lately?

bookshelf

one of our bookshelves

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Magazines

 
One of the innumerable great things that I learned with a friend of mine was how to get rid of old magazines without the feeling that you are missing good articles.

She told me “rip off the pages with the articles/information you consider important, and trash the rest of the magazine!”.,

Simple idea, as all great ideas! Brilliant!  

The issue now is to have pages and pages of old magazines that need to be organized…  smile-closed-eyes

My idea is to keep in my blog these articles/information I enjoy reading on magazines. At least it will be easier to search/find them!!

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Why Cissa?

The question is about the spelling, or the reason why I go by this nickname?

Ciça is a common nickname in Brazil for Cecilia. But my friends started to call me Ciça just when I started as a intern at IBM. There they found out that Cissa, with double “s” instead “ç”, was my login at the university’s old IBM mainframe with punch cards as input, that just accepted 6 characters – and did not have “ç”.

By the way, can you imagine how would be to create this website using punch cards? 

We take some things for granted…

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Recombobulation

The first time I heard this word was about the  ”recombobulation area” at the international airport in Milwaukee. The idea is simple: have some chairs where people can wear back their shoes, pack their laptops, and get together to keep their trips after pass the security x-ray. 

Now the word is on the urban dictionary:

“1. To put something back the way it was, or into proper working order 
2. To gather one’s thoughts or composure”

or “The need to breathe for a second after becoming discombobulated; the act of self-gathering after a moment of discombobulation. (Note–One can not recombobulate without first being discombobulated.)”

We could schedule a recombobulation time every day, just to sit down, have a deep breath, remember who we are and where we are going, feel reenergized, and then go on…  Also known as “meditation”!  :-)

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Learn Portuguese!

I teach Brazilian-Portuguese, private classes and through Business Linguistics, but there are another ways to learn:

One website that has a good list of the words in Portuguese that have the same sound but different meanings (falsos cognatos) can be found at here.

About Portuguese classes: 

Emory University has evening classes as part of their continuing education program.

If you speak Spanish already (or other Latin language) I suggest you take the Portuguese 2: it will be a little challenging on the first class, but will not be boring at the other ones (you don’t need to learn how to say the vowels , neither the difference between the verbs “ser” and “estar”.)

Kennesaw University has continuing education classes too

This used to be a very basic course, but I don’t know now.

This following one is in Dunwoody; I don’t know them, but I like their website, and I can contact one of their students  :-)
Atlanta International Language Institute

Also in Dunwoody a private professor: Alba Geromel 770 394-7703

One thing I recommend to my students that travel a lot  is:

  • read Brazilian magazines and newspapers. Start reading articles about a subject that you know already;
  • buy a pocket size dictionary and keep it handy;
  • listen to  podcasts  in Portuguese that can be downloaded from i-tunes.  They are free, and will get you more familiar with the sounds and accent.

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My iPhone favorite applications

First of all, I love my iPhone!! My iPhone purple cover and mirror screen protector are cool!! 

As are the applications that I use:

  • Maps (bye-bye GPS!)
  • Zenbe (lists)
  • Stanza, eReader and Kindle (read books)
  • WeatherBug and AccuWeather (weather forecast)
  • iTarot, Magic8Ball, iChing (some inspiration…)
  • Units, 9-Toolbox, Convertor (units conversion, helpful information)
  • SplashID (passwords)
  • Brain Teaser, Morocco, Romi, Hanoi, Mancala, Sudoku, Hanoi, Minesweeper, KittenEscape, Sol Free (games and entertainment)
  • Phone Flix, iTV, AOL Tv, Flixter (movies and TV)
  • Monkey Ball, Paper Toss, Darts, iBowl, BClassic, PenguinLite (movement games)
  • Pandora (radio)
  • TuneWiki (display the lyrics while play the ipod songs)
  • Skype, Facebook, Twitter (communication)
  • KaleidoLite, Google Earth, Zippo, iHandy Level (amazement)

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Arts in Atlanta

High Museum of Art 
The Ferst Center for the Arts

Music

Banda Rua 6 (musica brasileira e latina). Lider da banda: Andre Rievers (marido da Dri).
Eles tocam no Eclipse de Luna
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd – Atlanta, GA, 30346 -(678) 205-5862

Movies

Cinemas (que apresentam filmes de arte e internacionais):

  • Midtown Art Cinema:  931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308, (678) 495-1424
  • United Arts Tara: 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE | 404.634.6288

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The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russel

Amazon.com Review
In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet which will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question the meaning of being “human.” When the lone survivor of the expedition, Emilio Sandoz, returns to Earth in 2059, he will try to explain what went wrong… Words like “provocative” and “compelling” will come to mind as you read this shocking novel about first contact with a race that creates music akin to both poetry and prayer. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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