Clara Castelar is a former newspaper columnist and features writer. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Post Weekend Magazine, The Washington Business Journal, Blue Ridge Country, Goldenseal, Amelia,  Pivot, Alex Shoumatoff's Dispatches from the Vanishing World, the anthology Under One Canopy, and in Brazilian and Israeli publications among others.  She is currently on various writing projects that include a collection of letters shared with her sister Eleonora Castelar. She is fluent in English, French, and Portuguese and she communicates reasonably well in Spanish and Italian, reads Catalan, Galego and Spanolit and limps along in German. She can be reached through Facebook and richtext@frontiernet.net. She is brajewka at Twitter.