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In 2011, the homeless poet’s life forever changed when he met a woman named Shalla Monteiro. Monteiro created a Facebook page so the world could experience Sobrinho’s poems. To date, Sobrinho’s page has almost 40,000 fans — but one proved to be more important than the others: Sobrinho’s brother.

In the video above, made early this year, you can hear Sobrinho’s full story — how he was reunited with his family and is on schedule to publish his poetry. You may need a box of tissues.


Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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