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A woman of many facets that include the many facets of an author.


 Alexandra* OneLight*®'s other facets...

* "ArtFacets®"

Some loose facets of my art. Find them here:

* Indissoluble Connections"

My collection  of true stories in which the main characters are animals of different species... including humans, once in a while. Now gathered in a special bilingual website:

* "Quinta da Lage (Q. L.) Portugal"

A place where work and nature, life and love, are indivisible segments of one harmonious Whole. Please visit our new website:


... and loves

* "Parque da Terra Nova"

A place where unwanted, neglected, and abused pets find not only a safe haven, but the quality of life they so deserve. Meet some of the residents, whose touching stories will soon be featured in English here in AD, at:

 * "The Legend of Albion"

Joseph Sherman's (Joseph OneLight*®) brand new book is now available for purchase on and other online bookstores! Check out the book's presentation website:

(now with an all new feature... "LOOK INSIDE" the book!)

... and follow the links provided there to buy your copy NOW! 


 ... and some biographic notes 

-- Reading is a need, like breathing, writing is a lust, like living. Both are a passion, always evolving, through both I perceive and learn, always growing. Then, each one of them becomes a part of me, like dreaming, and we all become segments in harmony of the fruit of creation, that tastes much better when it is shared. Like love. - © 2005/2011 Alexandra* ~ OneLight*®
-- "Original is the poet that originates himself." - Ary dos Santos (*) in “The Original Poet” (“O Poeta Original”)
-- "I go only where my own steps will take me." - José Régio (*) in "Black Chant" ("Cântico Negro")
(*) Portuguese contemporary poets

OneLight*® is the symbol of a concept born and evolving from a shared perception that true wholeness, in Life as in Art, is attainable only through respected, encouraged, and cherished individuality.
-- © 2010 OneLight*®  Authors & Creations - All Rights Reserved
Maria Alexandra Oliveira was born and raised in the North of Portugal, to where she returned after having lived and studied abroad for some years, and where she currently shares her life, as well as her literary and artistic creations and projects, with Joseph Randell Sherman – a published poet and very talented photographer, with several award-winning works.
With Joseph, Alexandra is the co-founder of OneLight*® Authors & Creations, an association of authors and artists sharing one same philosophy: In life, thus in love, as in art, true wholeness is only attainable through respected, cherished, and encouraged individuality.
They are also co-authors of award-winning book “Universes Beyond the Visible ~ Elements of Dream”, featuring Joseph’s photography, as well as his own and Alexandra’s poetry and poetic prose in bilingual version (English and Portuguese).
Alexandra’s poetry has also been published in the 3rd, 4th and 5th editions (2006, 2007 and 2008) of "ANTOLOGIA DE ESCRITAS" (Anthology of "ESCRITAS") -a yearly compilation of poetic works in the Portuguese language, coordinated by author and literary critic José Félix. More of her poetry and poetic prose appears in the first and second (2007 and 2008) anthologies of "AMANTE DAS LEITURAS" - a literary community of Portuguese, Brazilian and African authors, founded by poet and artistic event organizer Ana Maria Costa.
To point out favourite poets or authors is not something easy for Alexandra, a reader of "moods" that can change from style to style, or flow in parallel between completely different or even totally opposed ones, several times along the very same day. Such "moods" have often resulted in avid readings from three, four... and more books, simultaneously. However, in a list that is neither exclusive nor inclusive, she enters names that are always beyond any "moods", such as those of Portuguese poets Eugénio de Andrade, José Régio, David Mourão Ferreira, António Gedeão, Ary dos Santos, Fernando Pessoa, and Al Berto, of the Spanish Vicente Aleixandre, or the Chilean Pablo Neruda, and of authors such as the Portuguese José Maria Eça de Queirós, Miguel Torga, Aquilino Ribeiro, the Mexican Laura Esquível, or the Brazilian Jorge Amado.
Alexandra also enjoys painting and drawing, using diverse media such as pastel crayons, watercolour, Chinese ink and charcoal, among others, and she loves creating digital artworks and photography collages – often using Joseph’s photographic works, but also her own.
A diversity of family and professional responsibilities, however, prevents Alexandra from dedicating as much time as she would like to literary and artistic creation. Her days are divided among such different activities as investments management, wine producing, and the supervision of a show-jumping yard (with four horses currently competing at international level and a retired international champion).
Alexandra is devoted to animals, and, at “Quinta da Lage”, the family estate where the competition horses share the stables, pastures, and an innovative system of holistic care with other fellow equines and a donkey, many dogs (mostly, rescued strays or abandoned pets), guinea-pigs, and a diversity of exotic birds, have a loving home - and some wild fauna finds a welcoming refuge.
Read Interviews of OneLight*® Authors:
By Colombia-based American Author Randall Davis Barfield:
"Moors and moors" - an interview of Alexandra:

"Poet / Photographer / Writer" - an interview of Joseph:


By Robin Ousman Hislop - Chief Editor of "Poetry Life & Times":



Birth Place: Portugal,  


Antologia Poética Amante das Leituras 2008 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
A compilation of poems, prose-poems, and short stories, in the Portuguese language, by 18 members of the literary Yahoo Group "Amante das Leituras" - coordinated by Portuguese author Ana Maria Costa...


Universes Beyond the Visible Elements of Dream by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
Now at a special price! A book of colour photography by Joseph* with bilingual texts of poetry and poetic prose by Joseph* & Alexandra* ~ OneLight*® (Hardcover)...

  OneLight*® online Bookstore!

Antologia Poética Amante das Leituras by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
Featuring selected works by 18 poets, this first edition of "Antologia Poética Amante das Leituras" (Reading Lover's Poetic Anthology) offers a vibrant example of the creative diversity present in the online group of literary creation and discussion "amantedasleituras" - a Yahoo community of Portuguese, Brazillian and African authors and readers....


Short Stories

DOG SOUL - Stories from the Park, with Love (LORD)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
"Parque da Terra Nova" (P.T.N.) - which can be translated as "New Earth Park" - is a special dog sanctuary, in Portugal, that shelters more than 60 elderly, disabled, and formerly abandoned, neglected...

Love-prickled to the core – (INDISSOLUBLE CONNECTIONS - VI)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
"Nothing, on heaven, or hell, or, least of all, on earth, will deter her from doing what she does best and most passionately believes in: Saving the animals and saving nature, as the first and most im...

Acute & Chronic(les) by Otsana VII – To whose image did you say?
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
Ah, the infinite wisdom of... huh, the goddesses, the gods! ...

 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
“Or maybe… because, in my ever so limited measure of greatness, in my Cartesian, human, paradox, I may have glimpsed, all of a sudden, something immeasurable.”...

DRAMATIS PERSONAE (Scripts & Staging of to be & not to be)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
-- A collaboration of Alexandra* & Otsana (1)- part II...

Acute & Chronic(les) by Otsana VI - Of bread, silence and perceptions
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
"The comfort, bristling with subliminal awns, of letting the being BE aside the contention, the romance, the saga, the braveries, the treacheries, the wounds, the sighs, the entreaties and the impreca...

When a turkey barks (INDISSOLUBLE CONNECTIONS – V)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations

Acute & Chronic(les) by Otsana – V – The Walk
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
“Yet, she was no alien. She had walked, stumbled, driven, blasted her horn, been pushed and carried through the avenues and sidewalks of other times like that…”...

Acute & Chronic(les) by Otsana – IV – Coherent incoherence of memory
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
"You were, and are, the coherence of all that which never cohered in me..."...

Honour, heart, and… balls (INDISSOLUBLE CONNECTIONS IV)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
“If you've got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.” – John Wayne “I don't wear small shoes, or tight pants that squash your balls.” – George Harrison, Musician ...

Acute & Chronic (les) by Otsana - III - The unbearable sight of wisdom
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
“Perhaps I might offer, by sharing it, the wisdom of my glasses - to offer the unbearable relief that comes, precisely, from already knowing that such struggle will end with no vanquishers or vanquish...

A wild tale of wild asses (INDISSOLUBLE CONNECTIONS III)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
"Where there is a will there is a way, and I have a way.” – Donkey, in Shrek ...

 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
“What if we wake one shimmering morning to Hear the fierce hammering Of his firm knuckles Hard on the door? Shall we not shudder?” - Gwendolyn Brooks ...

And three dogs in a dessert spree! (INDISSOLUBLE CONNECTIONS I)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree!” – Traditional Christmas Carol. ...

 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
- A collection of true stories in which the main characters are animals of different species – including the odd human, once in a while. :0) (artwork, text & title © 2006 Alexandra* ~ OneLigh...

A sudden hush, a sudden stillness…
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
"Yet, all this was just life going on, a life that seemed a bit too full, maybe too noisy, maybe too demanding, but… life, nonetheless, running, flying, or, as I said, “flocking in”, with its varied c...

Acute & Chronic(les)” by Otsana – II – The words I know
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
"Yes, I know all this and much more about these words, unuttered, and of the infinite lightness of their weight."...

Acute & Chronic(les)” by Otsana – I – “Le Dernier Cri
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
Introducing Otsana... ...

Night, rain, gifts, and a slice of sun
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
Dedicated to my Love. With you, Joseph, the seemingly impossible becomes divinely possible and achievable... and simply yummy. What a gift! (art by Quentin Smith)...


Bird and the moment
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
(poetic prose)...

Alexandrism (Beyond the species)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
(In the picture, BOLINHA, one of the over 100 dogs living at the PARQUE DA TERRA NOVA - "NEW EARTH PARK" - refuge, in Northern Portugal. Most of the dogs rescued by P.T.N. have disabilities, chronic h...

Encounter with a wolf (or Looking into the eyes of ONE)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations

One more Alexandrism
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
This "Alexandrism" was translated from the original in Mirandês, one of the languages spoken in Portugal - and at this moment I'm dedicating it to my dear friend Leland Waldrip... footprint after foot...

 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
(Illustration: "Dancing Reeds", by Lynn)...

 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
(Image by Mike Cechanowicz) ...

 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations

And so we ensue
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
... also for Joseph. Beethoven may have "played" some part in this. :0)...

Wordless (5-7-5)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
For my Love, on our 5th anniversary......

Stuffed Toy (a pet's plea to a kid's parent)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
(Not really a poem, I know; rather, a contribution for the education of the youngster - so they may become responsible adults - in the love and respect of all living beings. Especially created for the...

Five instants of unapparent wholeness
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
(Art by Aimea - from "Imagery by Aimea") ...

 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations

 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
(My contribution to a collective writing exercise on the theme "Creed") ...

 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
(photo © by Valery Anzilov)...

Happy Renewal
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
With all our love, Alexandra & Joseph...

And yet, one day we’ll know
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
I want to thank you all, wholeheartedly, for your warm welcome! It's good to be back! I'm happy to share one more of my latest writings - originally posted, in Portuguese, in my new blog. Thank you ...

Yes, a whisper
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
(Image © by Aimea)...

Movements II (sentient gradations of these colours, unreadable)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
With unutterable thanks to sentient readers… xoxoxox (Yet another photo © by Helder Vasconcelos) ...

Movements (not for static visions)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
(Photo © by Helder Vasconcelos) I believe Jerry Bolton's criticism was highly constructive, so I gladly edited the poem... and I feel that it has improved a lot! Thank you, Jerry! ...

Of the body, grammatically (in)correct
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
In this exercise (perhaps a bit too “revolutionary” in style, but… it was fun to write!) the verb “to lie” is not used as in “to recline”, but as in “to tell an untruth”. Sometimes, our physical stanc...

A space
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
(Photo © by Neeta Dogra)...

Vernissage (with moths)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
Vernissage – grand opening of an art exhibition; attended, much too often, by fleeting crowds not nearly as attracted by the artworks exhibited as by the spotlights on the event… and on their presence...

A trilogy of seasons and a love in so many words
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
(Photo © by Susana Veloz) ...

Moments like this
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
(Photo © by Antoine de Villiers) ...

As if I were breathing
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
(Illustration © by Rafal Olbinski)...


Animistic Anthropomorphisms – or how life is going on… and so am I
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
It seems that my penchant for this strange blend of parallelisms, which I tentatively define as “animistic anthropomorphisms”, has no boundaries whatsoever…...

Crime in the name of… Art! (PLEASE READ)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
Stop this criminal!!!...

The ultimate love controversy
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
“To love or not to love… yourself… that is the question!” – Sharing some personal views, and hoping that they may help those of you… who may happen to actually “view” themselves reflected in them....

Self-Awareness & Beyond the Herd Insights (reflections of Sha’Tara)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations

 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
a fleeting impression of surprise, followed by a relaxed smile of amusement, then of the deepest contentment... ...

 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
Dear readers, I have no idea who the author or authors of these “definitions” may have been… but they sure are creative and soooooooooo funny, I couldn’t resist sharing them with you. Hope they’ll...

Joy at a Gallop
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
“There is not a more noble equestrian discipline, or one in which the synchronicity between horse and rider is more perfect, than show-jumping: Horse and rider throw their hearts over the obstacle, an...

Book of the Year
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
And I could not possibly consider, at this point of my writings, a complete epilogue to the book of 2006 or a truly promising prologue to 2007’s tome, that do not include the expression of my gratitud...

Joseph* OneLight*® receives International Photography Awards
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
This international photography contest, with the renowned Pilsner Urquell® beer brand and the Lucie Awards (the “Oscars” of Photography) as main promoters, is considered as the world’s most prestigiou...

Elements of Dream awakening the night
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
as a complement to the announcement "the uniqueness of a night (announcement with flowers)", posted today on the poetry list, here is a short explanatory article, with Love&Light&Dreams* to you! <...

Depatures and Arrivals – A Letter to my friends in AD and Beyond (Part I)
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
(This letter in two parts, the first one posted under Articles and the second one in the Poetry section, is intended to reflect, to all of you, dear friends, the whole essence of what I have expressed...

By the Oak that frames the Wind
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
"I don’t know why I wrote all this, by the oak. I know that it frames, with the wind, an awareness of gratitude..." ...

Sojourn ~ An Open Path
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
"May my and your steps always be guided by the same respect of the steps chosen by our fellow sojourners as I wish theirs may be, regarding your steps and my own." - © 2006 Alexandra* OneLight*® Autho...

Moments, AD, Creations, Friends
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
Will you ever forgive me? Will you bear with me until my concentration "flows" again and allows my expressions to "flow" with it, and towards you?...

Some more Updates & Endless Thanks
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
"True Oneness, in Life as in Art, can never be accomplished except through encouraged and cherished individuality." ~ OneLight*® Authors & Creations...

Updates for my AD friends
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
In the photo, Ileana Verte competing at the Porto International Horse Show this weekend. Isn't she gorgeous? ...

Another Message to All my AD Friends
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
In the photo, Harmonie Verte, a very special filly. ...

A Message for All my AD Friends
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
In the photo, our beautiful stallion Vert Muguet, and his awesome rider, J.C. Mendes....


Quinta da Lage (Q. L.) Portugal
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
A place where Nature and life, work and love, are all segments of one harmonious Whole!...

The Legend of Albion
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
A new book by Joseph Sherman (OneLight*® Author) to be released soon!...

JosePhotography* - NEW URL
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
Please update your bookmarks!...

Onelight*® Updates!
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
Visit our recently updated NEWS section for some very exciting surprises! ...

OneLight*® Authors & Creations * News
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
Revive some glorious moments with us! ...

Blazing Universe - A collection of colour photography
 by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
Following the tremendous success of Joseph Randell Sherman's (Joseph*) "Fire" photos included in the newly released book "Universes Beyond the Visible ~ Elements of Dream" (by Joseph* & Alexandra* ~ O...


Joseph Sherman (OneLight*®)
A Poet of Light... the Love of my Life... and an extraordinary man!

Parque da Terra Nova
A private shelter dedicated to rescuing dogs at risk - currently the permanent home of over 100 previously abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs, of all ages and breeds (and of no specific breeds) - many with disabilities and all with special needs.
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