Opinions - Americans in Portugal

How We Treat Each Other

Saturday 14 November, 2015

Last month, an acquaintance sued her former employer for “harassment” and verbal abuse. When I first heard the story, I thought it was preposterous. Many people receive unkind comments and even unfair treatment. But do we sue them? I am not certain how the case will be resolved but most people I know feel that the “victim” here will lose her cause. I am not sure how we put a price on hurt feelings and loss of work (for which she was properly compensated), but as I have thought about the issue, I have come to realize that how we treat each other, from our family members to our friends and employees, matters.

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Cascais Getaway

Friday 17 July, 2015

With some remorse I boarded TAP 1431 from Lisbon to Tangiers last weekend. Normally I would have been thrilled to travel there, a Moroccan city that I have visited often and enjoy immensely. However, who wants to miss even a day of a Cascais summer?

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Where’s the Buzz?

Friday 17 July, 2015

A friend who lives in a concelho other than Cascais commented a few months ago, “ The problem with Cascais is that it has no ‘buzz’. ” She then extolled her town as full of trendy restaurants shops and activities. A staunch Cascais lover, I began to defend our area and then looked for the “buzz”. I didn’t have to search far.

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Talking to The Ambassador for the Ocean

Sunday 28 June, 2015

Doug Woodring, founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance (www.oceanrecov.org), came to Cascais for the first time to organize the numerous and successful initiatives held from June 4-9th which he initiated here because of its perfect ocean setting.

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Of Racquets, Balls and Bagels: Estoril Open 2015

Wednesday 13 May, 2015

My love affair with the Millennium Estoril Open tennis tournament began the day a good friend, David Sampson, asked if I wanted to interview Benno Van Veggel, one of the tournament’s main organizers.

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