A Special Message

I have been watching the events unfold in the United States in the aftermath of the horrific and senseless murder of George Floyd. It is heart-wrenching to see the pain, anguish, frustration, and anger that this event has appropriately unleashed.

While I condemn all violence and looting, I stand in solidarity with those who are demanding change, justice, understanding, reparations, and peace. I hope with all my heart that this seminal event finally – and once and for all – initiates and perpetuates real actions to root out those in positions of power and authority who actively or, worse yet, passively enable this oppression and violence against African Americans. Racism and injustice has got to stop, everywhere.

In the face of all of this I am torn as to whether or not I should continue to publish updates on what we have been doing, especially because it seems like we are living in a bubble. I would not want anyone to think that I am not emotionally impacted and hurting too or that I am glibly ignoring what is happening. I can assure you I’m not.

I reached out to several people in the US to ask them if I should continue to publish updates. I received overwhelming support to continue because, if nothing else, they tell me my posts are a much needed break.

With this feedback, I will keep going, but please know that I am watching the news constantly, staying abreast of what people are saying, doing, and sharing on social media platforms, applauding those who join protests (all over the world), encouraging anyone who steps forward to help enable positive change, and praying that my family and friends stay safe and unharmed during these tumultuous times, especially Treyvon, my nephew and Elliot, my step-brother.

Thank you for your kind support and understanding.

From Portugal with love,


Published by Beth Thomas-Kim

After working in corporate America for companies like Mattel, Nestlé, and Johnson & Johnson, I retired and moved to Portugal in January of 2020 with my husband Won and our 12-year old wire fox terrier, Sweet Pea. We now live in Monte Estoril, a lovely seaside town just outside Lisbon. We spend our days happily exploring this beautiful country and learning about its fascinating history, engaging culture, warm and welcoming people, delicious food and wine, and stunning architecture. This blog was started primarily as a way to keep family and friends updated on our transition from the US to Portugal. Now, my subscribers include people from all over the world. Enjoy!

14 thoughts on “A Special Message

  1. Thoughtful and timely. I look forward to all your updates – they are a positive nudge and that is never a bad thing!!


    1. You’re the best, Rick!! Thank you. As you can tell I was really struggling about what to do, so I am grateful for your kind words and support. I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy.


  2. Beth,
    Please keep up these beautiful & thoughtful blogs/photos. Now, more than ever we need & appreciate lovely things in life. You provide a wonderful beacon of hope for us and we all understand that art, culture, architecture, natural beauty are what we all need and a key reason for society to exist.
    PLEASE continue!


    1. Leslie, your note is gratefully and humbly appreciated. I am touched by your generous comments and will do my best to live into your expectations. Please stay safe and healthy!


  3. Beth , your posts are a breath of fresh air! With covid and all, it’s wonderful to read you! Please keep it up


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