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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Betsy and I worked together as teachers in an English School many years ago. The need of keeping my English fluent and updated inspired me to have classes with her, so, 3 other teachers and I formed a group for these classes. Betsy’s classes were always fun, full of new, challenging and interesting vocabulary, focusing on what was happening in the world and many times, with suggestions for our own classes. I still keep the material she prepared for us at that time and, surprisingly they are still fitted for my students. The environment where she teaches is so cozy that we believed we were abroad; this also contributed to the charm of the classes. Apart from that, Betsy and I have developed a strong friendship that has been kept alive up to now. I still turn to her whenever I need something and she never lets me down.
Taking English classes with Betsy is a great pleasure.
She enriches her classes with her wonderful life story, which she happily shares with her students.
Classes are carefully and diligently prepared by Betsy according to the individual needs of each of her students, and always accompany reading material on fresh, new subjects.
She is a very enthusiastic and up-beat teacher, who imparts knowledge to her students through engaging and interesting discussions.
All in all, taking classes with Betsy is a very pleasant, enriching and memorable experience.
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.
I really don’t know how long Betsy has been my teacher. I do know she is the best teacher I have ever had. She can join daily happenings with an admirable sense of humor that makes her classes quite unique. She is intelligent, smart, very confident and besides everything she became a close friend of us. It’s a privilege being her student.