Monday, March 2, 2020

Foreign Language Week - Semana del Idioma extranjero

What is Foreign Language Week?
National Foreign Language Week was inaugurated in the Spring of 1957 by Sister Eloise Therese, the National President of Alpha Mu Gamma from 1956 to 1960. It is celebrated from March 1st to March 7th, 2020.
March is dedicated to Foreign Language Month. 
Sister Eloise realized that such a week had never been officially celebrated in the United States as a whole, although foreign language had receive recognition by different educational institutions at various periods of the academic year.
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¿Qué es la semana de la lengua extranjera? La Semana Nacional de la Lengua Extranjera fue inaugurada en la primavera de 1957 por la hermana Eloise Therese, presidenta nacional de Alpha Mu Gamma de 1956 a 1960. Se celebra del Primero de Marzo al 7, 2020.

El mes del idioma extranjero es Marzo.
La hermana Eloise  se dio cuenta que nunca se había celebrado oficialmente una semana así en todo el territorio de los Estados Unidos, aunque la lengua extranjera había recibido el reconocimiento de diferentes instituciones educativas en diversos períodos académicos.

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Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Welcome March - Bienvenido Marzo

Reflections by Maritza Martínez Mejía

March is here and spring season near with beautiful flowers, but intense showers. Along with my Christians friends, we are preparing for Easter with the Lenten Season. This time is the opportunity to renew our faith by giving, praying and fasting. Never is too late to celebrate a special and blessed Holy Week.
I wish you all a productive Lent and a Happy Spring!
                         Courtesy www.google.com


Marzo está aquí y la primavera se acerca con sus bellas flores, pero intensas lluvias. Junto con mis amigos/as Cristianos/as es otra historia; nos estamos preparando para la Pascua con el tiempo de Cuaresma. Este tiempo es una oportunidad para renovar nuestra fe a través del dar, orar y ayunar. Nunca es tarde para celebrar una especial y bendecida Semana Santa.
¡Les deseo a todos/as una productiva Cuaresma y una Alegre Primavera!

Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards. 

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Maritza M Mejia at SLC Annual Book Fair

Award Winning Author Maritza M. Mejia at Paula A. Lewis Branch to celebrate Literacy at the 6th Annual Saint Lucie Book Fair  on February 29, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 


  
                                          Presenting LuzDelMes Trilogy 2020 

Author Previous Participations
Presenting Memoir Hazel Eyes/ Ojos Avellana 2019 
2017
2nd. Annual Book Fair 2016 
Morningside Library Branch

First Annual Treasure Coast Book Fair 2015
at 
Morningside Library


Thank you 
St. Lucie County Libraries for welcoming us!
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards,

Friday, February 28, 2020

Conversatorio ANLMI-Costa del Tesoro-Rubén Dario

La Academia Norteamericana de Literatura Moderna Internacional ~Costa del Tesoro~ rinde homenaje a Rubén Darío con un conversatorio interactivo donde el público participará.


Lugar del Conversatorio
Poemas a compartir

Fotos Evento


Delegada ANLMI Costa del Tesoro exponiendo a Rubén Darío en Barnes & Nobles, 

Jensen Beach 2019
OBJETIVO: La Academia Norteamerícana de Literatura Moderna Internacional brinda una plataforma de cultura y conocimiento a los Poetas/Autores del mundo en una forma coordinada y estructurada. Entendemos que llevar la cultura a los pueblos, engrandecen los países. #ANLMI🗺️
¿Deseas ser parte?... Envíame un mensaje privado a:
anlm_costadeltesoro@yahoo.com
 ¡Gracias!

Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI Florida
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Perfect Readings for Lent - Libros para Cuaresma

Hazel Eyes,  an Award-Winning Book and my inspirational memoir for teenagers and adults. Each chapter takes the reader on a journey to discover the author’s spiritual experience of faith.
Comments about this book:
By Author Lisa Waters - March 2016
"Reading Author Maritza Martinez Mejia’s Hazel Eyes is somewhat of a mesmerizing memoir. It’s never very easy to write about one’s life, but the author captures the essence of her life in a way that’s unquestionably an outstanding and unbelievable journey. You’ll discover the young life of the author, her struggles and challenges living in Colombia, growing up and being subjected to worldly influences whereby she began to rebel. The author reveals how God touched her and she underwent a transformation not only in life but her views and behavior. During her early adult life she embarked upon a pilgrimage to Monte Carmelo in central Chile where she witnessed a miraculous apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus and you’ll learn how her life progressed. The memoir will leave you in awe, fill you with hope, encourage you to renew your faith, cherish life, believe in the power of the Lord, and most of all bestow the acts of kindness and love upon all mankind."
                  Book available: http://www.amazon.com/Maritza-Martinez-Mejia/e/B009DKDXFW 

Ojos Avellana, Ha sido un placer traducir Hazel Eyes al español. Ganador del Latino Book Awards por Mejor traducción del inglés al español. Es mi recorrido y testimonio de fe, legado para futuras generaciones.
 Comentario Por autora Rose Marie Tapia R.

"Un testimonio hermoso de fe. Atrapa al lector desde las primeras páginas, ese es el verdadero talento del escritor. Leí el libro de corrido, sin interrumpir para nada.
Hay similitudes en la historia con la mía: la muerte de mis padres, que me hicieron conectarme con la autora. Me emocionó las escenas de la despedida de su madre.
En fin es un testimonio de amor, fe y esperanza. Felicitaciones a la autora".
Saludos desde Panamá
Rose Marie Tapia R.

Libro nomindado al Carmenluisa Pinto 2016
 y ganador del ILBA 2016
Libro Disponible: http://www.amazon.com/Maritza-Martinez-Mejia/e/B009DKDXFW 
                                                  
LuzDelMes Recommended Books

The Good Friday Legend Lives On ​Review By Lisa Waters
"Janet Balletta, created an intriguing story furthering a mermaid legend in her mysterious and magical book titled the Legend of the Colombian Mermaid. It keeps the tradition of this ancient legend going year-after-year occurring on Good Fridays during Easter week. The original legend dating back since 1917 took place in a town called Valledupar in Colombia where a young girl defied her parents and went swimming in the enticing river waters on Good Friday. According to the legend the girl was cursed and turned into a mermaid as she was full of disobedience and did not observe the traditions of Good Friday, a holy day observed by Catholics."  
“Within every heart is a hidden garden. We can neglect it until the weeds take over and the flowers wither and die. Or with the help of Christ, we can care for it and make it a place of beauty, grace, and joy."
      Happy a Blessed Lent!
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

LuzDelMes Recipes for Lent ~ Recetas para Cuaresma

Take time with your kids during Lent by Cooking 

Credits: www.istockphoto.com

What is Fasting and Abstinence? 


Most Eastern rites, both Catholic and Orthodox, have laws of fasting and abstinence. Abstinence is obligatory after reaching the age of 14 and fasting becomes obligatory from age 18 until 60th birthday. 
In general, the law of abstinence prohibits eating the flesh, marrow and blood products.  The motives for practicing abstinence are well explained by St. Augustine in his Sermon on Prayer and Fasting: “Abstinence purifies the soul, elevates the mind, and subordinates the flesh to the spirit.” 
The most common food for Lent are fish, soups and eggs. I adopted the Mexican tradition of Tacos, Enchiladas and Fajitas for Fridays with delicious soups like French Onion and Lentil soup, but in my native land, I enjoyed the different recipes with eggs like "Huevos Pericos." 


Let’s benefit from Fasting and Abstinence this Lenten Season
 by cooking and eating together with our kids. 

Fun Cuisine for Lent ...and for Easter too!
Fish Taco
Enchiladas
Red Beans and Rice
¿Qué es el ayuno y la abstinencia?
La Cuaresma para los ritos católicos u ortodoxos, tienen leyes para el ayuno y la abstinencia. En general, la ley de la abstinencia prohíbe comer la carne, productos con sangre y médula ósea. La abstinencia es obligatoria después de alcanzar la edad de 14 y el ayuno se convierte en obligatorio a partir de los 18 años hasta 60 años.

Los motivos para la práctica de abstinencia son bien explicados por San Agustín en su sermón sobre la oración y el ayuno: "la Abstinencia purifica el alma, eleva la mente, subordina la carne al espíritu."
Vamos a aprovechar el ayuno y la abstinencia de la Cuaresma para cocinar y comer con nuestros hijos. 
La comida más común para la Cuaresma son pescados, sopas y huevos. Adopté la tradición mexicana de Tacos, Enchiladas y Fajitas para los viernes con deliciosas sopas como la sopa de cebolla francesa y lentejas, pero en mi tierra natal, disfrutaba los diferentes usos que le damos a recitas con huevos, como los "Huevos Pericos."
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk

Ash Wendsday - Miércoles de Ceniza

Ash Wednesday 
It is an old tradition from the eighth century in which the Catholics around the world receive blessed ashes made from the palms of last year’s Palm Sunday. The ashes represents: 

    1.    Our mortality
    2.    Call us to repentance
    3.    Beginning of Lent
    4.    Fast and abstain from meat 

"You are dust and to dust you shall return." ~Genesis 3.19~

Since Lent always starts on a Wednesday, the day before is always called Mardi Gras. It means "Fat Tuesday" because it is associated with great food and parties.
What is Lent? Lent is a season of the Christian Calendar for preparation to Easter.
When is Lent? It is the forty days before Easter. Lent excludes Sundays because every Sunday is like a little Easter. 
Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday. 
How to celebrate lent? This year it's from February 26 (Ash Wednesday) to April 9(Easter), 2020. Join in a forty days of fasting, praying and Alms giving.



Perfect Readings for Lent 👉
http://luzdelmes.blogspot.com/2020/02/perfect-readings-for-lent-libros-para.html?m=1

Miércoles de ceniza

Miércoles de ceniza es una tradición desde el siglo VIII en que los católicos de todo el mundo reciben las cenizas benditas hechas de las palmas del domingo de Ramos del año pasado. Las cenizas representan:
1, Nuestra mortalidad
2. Llamado al arrepentimiento
3. Inicio de la Cuaresma
4. Tiempo de ayuno y abstinencia de carne.
"Polvo eres, y al polvo volverás" ~Genesis 3.19~
La Cuaresma: 
Son Cuarenta días antes de la Pascua. Es tiempo de preparación espiritual. 
Época de aumentar: La oración, La caridad, El ayuno. Inicia con el Miércoles de Ceniza, Febrero 26 y finaliza el 9 de Abril. 
¡Celebramos nuestra fe! 

Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards