Most people think of Ferdinand Magellan as the Portuguese explorer who first sailed around the planet on a quest to prove that the Earth was round. Now, consider this. While Magellan did sail from Spain on an expedition that eventually .. Read More.
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” —William Arthur Ward, writer Upon setting sail from the Spanish port of Seville in 1519, Ferdinand Magellan was unsure of just what to .. Read More.
The seal plays with the Latin spelling of my name (Magalhães is the original Portuguese name for Magellan). The motto, which again ties back to the intrepid navigator, translates loosely as tossed by the winds, always afloat. It is also .. Read More.
I must have been five or six, but I still remember vividly the day I realized I could read. I was gingerly crossing an intersection in my hometown, my father towing me by the hand, when the hazy neon light .. Read More.