I was very fortunate to be introduced to the sculptures of Marco Aurélio Guimarães that are on display in the Casa Fiat de Cultura on a day when he was present. Marco Aurélio, born in Belo Horizonte, is an interesting person in that he only began sculpting after he retired from his career as a civil engineer. Actually, he is just one more person who proved that age is just a number. Marco Aurélo is 80 now, and working with marble blocks that weigh over 50 tons. Thanato, who in Greek mythology was the personification of death, inspired his principal male sculpture on display. (see next photo) Eros, the mythical Greek god of sexual attraction, inspired his female sculpture.
His sculptures are impressive, and his explanation about how sculpture is the removal of material instead of the adding to as defines most other works of art was fascinating. He showed us what to look for in a sculpture, and allowed us to run our hands over his sculptures to feel the muscles under the skin. It seems that both Marco Aurélio Guimarães and his sculptures are timeless, something that we should all keep in mind as we are living in a new era of improved health and longevity. In the past, there weren’t many successful people over 70, but now that the world is producing so many overly successful people under the age of 30, those of us who are officially “elderly” are hard at work to balance out our young counterparts.
Here are some names, in alphabetical order, of senior citizens who are alive, productive and are enjoying their careers. Just for fun, see if you can match them to their birth years. There is only one person for each year.
Alice Cooper / Anthony Hopkins / Aretha Franklin / Bob Dylan / Bruce Springsteen / Claudia Cardinale / Dean Koontz / Francis Ford Coppola / George Lucas / Mick Jagger / Paul McCartney / Ringo Starr / Robert Redford / Stevie Wonder / Susan Sarandon / Woody Allan
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A melhor novidade para 2017 será, sem duvida, o BLOG da Betsy. Excelente professora da Língua Inglesa, Betsy tem com seus alunos uma relação de amizade espontânea, acolhendo sugestões de temas atuais, abrindo caminho para que suas aulas sejam proficientemente dinâmicas e divertidas. Para mim, sua aluna e amiga, para todos os seus alunos, tenho certeza, serão de grande valia as consultas que faremos em busca de novos esclarecimentos.
Betsy is a very nice teacher. She is dedicate, loves the students and always try to help us with our problems. Every each class we can learn different things and Betsy prepares excellent exercises each day. I love my English Class.
A Betsy é muito mais que uma professora de inglês. É uma conselheira, humorista, terapeuta, amiga! Tem uma qualidade que me encanta: a Curiosidade. Se interessa por tudo! E mais do que isso, procura se inteirar daquilo de novo que aprendeu e acaba te ensinando outro ponto de vista mais interessante sobre aquilo. Está sempre antenada ao que ocorre no Mundo e no Brasil. O melhor de tudo, é que passa todo o seu conhecimento com uma leveza e um humor fora do comum. Estar com a Betsy é muito bom. Acompanhar suas publicações online, vai ser melhor ainda!
I have known Betsy for a long time, and in all these years I have learned so much from her… not just English, but from her vast experience as a teacher and as a person. Being an excellent teacher is not just about knowing your subject perfectly (which is of course the case since English is her first language) but also about loving to learn and to relate to people from all kinds of backgrounds and ages. I had as much fun in her classes as a nerdy Star Wars / Elvis teen fan as I do now as busy working grown up!