Maria Schnabel

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  • If it’s Now or Never, I’m Choosing Now

    Versió en català aquí
    I’m pretty sure that when I’m on my deathbed looking back at my life, one of the things I’ll be most glad I did not miss is Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
    And I don’t mean watching the parade.

    I mean being in the parade, feathers and all!

    You want to measure what?

    At the time, […]

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  • És Ara o Mai

    English version here
    Cada any, quan arriben els dies de Carnaval dono gràcies de no haver-me perdut el més fantàstic de tots, el Rio de Janeiro.

    I no em refereixo a mirar-lo des de les grades, no, sinó a desfilar, plomes i tot!

    Prenent mides

    Parlo dels anys 1997 i ’98, quan vaig estar molt de temps treballant a São […]

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  • Sleeping Beauty Misses Out in Life

    She was too pretty to play with, said my mother.

    So, she wrapped Mariola in blue tissue paper, lest light yellow her porcelain-like skin and crisp-white ballerina outfit; tied soft bows around her wrists and ankles to preserve her ladylike stance; and then stored her in a closet where she remained, in the dark, for the […]

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  • Spreading our Wings

    Some see retirement a glass-half-full, half-empty proposition.

    I see mine overflowing with possibilities.

    Having just ended a long career in corporate communications, I am now looking forward to spreading my wings and exploring new horizons.

    Speaking of spreading my wings, let’s start with my new-found interest in the outdoors.

    This former “if-it’s outdoors-I-haven’t-been-there” bookworm is venturing outside, nature journal […]

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  • I Brake for Boiled Peanuts

    One of my favorite things about car trips around the South is spotting a boiled-peanuts stand on the side of the road. Must stop for the salty treat and a taste of country culture. The stand below can be found before entering the bridge to St. George Island in the Florida Panhandle.

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  • Pooping figurine a must in Catalan Nativities

    Barcelona, Spain — File this in your collection of unusual Christmas traditions: the figurine of a pooping peasant appearing in Catalonia’s crèches.

    Catalonia, in Spain’s northeastern corner, is a region with a strong cultural pride and ancient traditions. The Caganer (the pooper), which has been appearing in manger scenes since the 18th century, is one of them.

    The […]

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  • Cross-border volunteers prepare for trip of a lifetime

    Next Saturday, about 30 Mike’s Angels volunteers will convene in the Atlanta airport for the foundation’s third-annual mission to Guatemala’s orphanages.

    The group includes both first-timers and veterans, their ages ranging from 12 to 70.  Among them are eight St. Pius’ high-school students and alumni, three lawyers, four therapists, one doctor, and few moms and their daughters, […]

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  • Abandoned in Guatemala

    A ban on adoptions has left hundreds of thousands of children stranded in Guatemalan orphanages.  While concerned organizations are working to get the ban lifted, the children wait.  In the meantime, numerous groups of volunteers, many from the U.S., travel to Guatemala to help with donations, labor and love.

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