Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Internet Etiquette ~ Etiqueta de Internet

Netiquette By Maritza M. Mejia – LuzDelMes 2020


Quarantine and social distance have been a great impact on each and every human being on earth. Working from home and using virtual communication have been the norm, yet internet etiquette must be a rule as important as any other basic rule. In the expert’s opinion, Netiquette is as important as dressing professionally to go for a meeting, interview or in person presentation.

 To begin with, Zooming with friends, family, collages and readers has been an interesting experience. However it is weird to chat across the screen and observe people in their pajamas, without makeup or hairstyles. COVID’19 came for a reason, we are virtually into this together. Please let’s follow some Netiquette:
 

1.     Use respectful language.

2.     Dress for success.

3.     Avoid eating (only it is part of the meeting).

4.     Share with discretion.

5.     Don’t exclude others.

6.     Don’t interrupt while someone is talking.

7.     Respect other’s time and listen.

8.     Fact check before participating.

9.     Share expert knowledge.

10.   Know where you are in cyberspace.


The same way, netiquette rules can apply for social media interaction. Proper etiquette is nothing new, but the constant changes in digital era may seem a little confusing for some cyber users. The main rule of thumb is to use respectful language – if you don’t talk calling, cursing, and offending others – don’t write it! It is not my intention to lecture, but please avoid to write in capital letters – Text in all caps is generally perceived as yelling – Except it is the title of an announcement or advertising.

 Finally, don’t forget to use the magic words: please and thank you!

 Resource: https://www.verywellmind.com/ten-rules-of-netiquette-22285



Netiqueta por Maritza M. Mejia

La cuarentena y la distancia social han sido un gran impacto en todos y cada uno de los seres humanos en la tierra. Trabajar desde casa y usar la comunicación virtual han sido la norma, sin embargo, la etiqueta de internet ser una regla tan importante como cualquier otra regla básica. En la opinión de los expertos, la Netiqueta es tan importante como vestirse profesionalmente para ir a una reunión, entrevista o presentación en persona.

 Para empezar, hacer zoom con amigos, familiares, colegas y lectores ha sido una experiencia interesante. Sin embargo, es raro charlar a través de la pantalla y observar a la gente en pijama, sin maquillaje, ni peinados. COVID'19 vino por una razón, estamos virtualmente en esto juntos. Por favor, sigamos algunas reglas de netiqueta:

1.     Usa un lenguaje respetuoso.

2.     Vístete para el éxito.

3.     Evita comer (sólo si es parte de la reunión).

4.     Comparta con discreción.

5.     No excluya a otros.

6.     No interrumpa mientras alguien está hablando.

7.     Respeta el tiempo de los demás y escucha.

8.     Verifica los datos antes de participar.

9.     Comparta conocimientos de expertos.

10.   Sepa dónde se encuentra en el ciberespacio.

 

De la misma manera, las reglas de netiqueta pueden aplicarse para la interacción en las redes sociales. La etiqueta de internet adecuada no es nada nuevo, pero los cambios constantes en la era digital pueden parecer un poco confusos para algunos usuarios cibernéticos. La regla principal es usar un lenguaje respetuoso – si no hablas llamando, maldiciendo y ofendiendo a otros – ¡no lo escribas! No es mi intención dar un sermón, pero evita escribir en mayúsculas – El texto en todas las mayúsculas se percibe generalmente como gritos – Excepto cuando es el título de un anuncio o publicidad.

Por último, no se olvide de utilizar las palabras mágicas: ¡por favor y gracias

Fuente: https://www.verywellmind.com/ten-rules-of-netiquette-22285


  Maritza M. Mejia writes to inspire others to be their best selves.

Website: www.luzdelmes.com 

Member: ANLMI, FWA, SFWA, Delegada ANLMI

Awards: Crystal Apple 2006, VCB Poetry 2015, Latino Book Awards 2016, Author’s Talk Book Show 2017- American Eagle2020 -Social Media: @luzdelmes

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

What I learned about myself through this pandemic?

 Article by Maritza M. Mejia @2020

Created by Estella M. Mejia

COVID’19 appeared for a reason, I am not sure of the reality behind it; however, it has been a year to evaluate and reassess our priorities. I have lived more conscious than ever in nourishing my spirit, mind and body. Let’s not wait for the next crisis or virus to make the change for us. We are virtually into this together.

 When quarantine began, I was taking an online class for a Graduate Certificate I was working on. I took refuge in my spirituality class and the hours of intense study made my day more manageable. While temples were closed, creativity flourished to celebrate online services around the world. This manifestation of love had shown me that the church is not a buildings, but a community of faith. My first lesson: when adversity comes, creativity flourishes.

The present time is taking on precious value. My Mom used to say to me, “Mijita, NO dejes para mañana lo que puedes hacer hoy.It means, don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today. Now, I understand the value of those words. This biblical quote makes more sense now: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” (Matthew 6:34). I am learning to live the present moment more consciously without worrying about the future, that I do not know if it came, or the past that I cannot change. My second lesson: Live in a mindfulness way.

We live in a small hometown and I know it has been hard to get used to wearing a face mask that covers your mouth and nose and fog your glasses. However, it is vital to follow safety procedures and social distancing. It has been recognized that eating healthy, doing exercise or yoga, walking around the house are useful ways to take care of the body. This demonstrates that not only healthy habits are the key to survive a pandemic crisis, but also for a better life. It is a matter of time, collaboration, patience and implementation of protocols to conform to this reality. My third lesson: New norms are here to stay.

Zooming with friends, family, collages and readers has been an interesting experience. At first it was strange to chat across the screen, some people were casual, some in their pajamas, without makeup or hairstyles. I decided to set an example by dressing professionally as going to a meeting in person following netiteque. The same way, I prepared a zoom conference to launch online the second Tri-Anthology 2020 that was planned to be presented in the spring in Japan. It was exciting to connect with authors from all over the world for three sessions in three different languages. Finally, I am pleased to have ventured to use Zoom virtual meetings platform. My fourth lesson: Do not de afraid of changes.

Quarantine and social distance have been an impact on each and every human being on earth; we have experienced it in different ways. But we all have one thing in common: we miss a hug and now we recognize its value. The fith and my last lesson: A hug is a blessing.

COVID’19 came for a reason, let’s be prepare for the next crisis or virus. We are virtually into this together. We are not alone!

 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1

Maritza M. Mejia writes to inspire others to be their best selves.

Website: www.luzdelmes.com 

Member: ANLMI, FWA, SFWA, Delegada ANLMI

Awards: Crystal Apple 2006, VCB Poetry 2015, Latino Book Awards 2016, Author’s Talk Book Show 2017- American Eagle2020 -Social Media: @luzdelmes

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Hazel Eyes: Sunshine Rodgers Book of the Month



 

Hazel Eyes Sunshine Rodgers Book of the Month  Please visit: http://sunshinerodgersblog.simplesite.com/442127212

 "Hazel Eyes" takes the reader on a journey to discover spiritual experiences of faith and perseverance. An inspirational memoir for teenagers and adults.

Genre: Nonfiction - Number of pages: 130

 "The reason I wrote this book was to take the reader on a journey to view my personal life and to reveal my experience of faith. This memoir connects each chapter with common stories and supernatural events that I experienced from childhood through adulthood. The topics I included range from my doubts and questions as a teenager, my studies, travels, engagement, motherhood, parenting skills, aging, and dying matters."    - Author Maritza Mejia -

What others are saying about "Hazel Eyes":

"Maritza M. Mejia, author of "Hazel Eyes", truly has an art to convey well her experiences in this memoir. It will probably be the most unique book you'll ever read. It covers her early childhood, living life in Colombia, her older years studying, and living abroad, and takes you right through her adulthood, coming to live in America. This book is interesting and one you'll look back upon and recall Mrs. Mejia's simple, yet meaningful tales!"    - Author Lisa Waters

"Through the eyes of the author we take a journey through her own spiritual awakening. Most of us have had some sort of awakening at a point in our life and I found it extremely interesting to compare the author's experiences with my own. Though our backgrounds are very different, there are so many feelings and insights that we have in common, many common beliefs! This book will help you recall many precious things that our busy days sometimes make us forget. I highly recommend this book!!" – MaryAnn -

Prayer for Maritza by Sunshine

God, I lift up Maritza to you tonight.

I pray that other people will read my blog post featuring "Hazel Eyes"
and will want to purchase the book! I pray for greater exposure for
Maritza and her books. I pray for a large amount of sales for her
books and more positive reviews from readers.

I pray God that you will use this featured blog post to reach others
who can connect with this author as well as generate interest for her books. I pray God that you will elevate Maritza's author career to a new level; promote her Lord. I pray for blessings and favor over Maritza. I pray her books will inspire others to live their best
lives.

I pray Lord that you will give Maritza more ideas for future books. I
pray that more divine doors and divine connections will open for
Maritza. I pray things will work out in her favor.

I pray for health and safety over Maritza and her family. I pray Lord
that you will keep them safe from this Pandemic. I pray Lord that you
will move in Maritza's life right now and answer her personal prayers.

I pray all of this in the name of Jesus Christ!

Be blessed!

Sunshine Rodgers

 To purchase "Hazel Eyes" visit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FRHFTQ1

  Maritza M. Mejia writes to inspire others to be their best selves.

Website: www.luzdelmes.com 

Member: ANLMI, FWA, SFWA, Delegada ANLMI

Awards: Crystal Apple 2006, VCB Poetry 2015, Latino Book Awards 2016, Author’s Talk Book Show 2017- American Eagle2020 -Social Media: @luzdelmes

Friday, November 13, 2020

World Kindness Day - Dia Mundial de la amabilidad

NOV 13 - WORLD KINDNESS DAY 

The purpose of this day is to highlight good deeds in the community by focusing on the positive thread of goodness that brings us all together. It is a fundamental part of the human condition to break bridges that divide us by concepts of race, religion, politics, gender and social status.

World Kindness Day is an international holiday that was formed in 1998, to promote kindness throughout the world and is observed annually on November 13 as part of the World Kindness Movement. It is observed in many countries including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and the U.A.E.

Let's practice this deed more often! 

¡Practiquemos está virtud más a menudo!

DÍA MUNDIAL DE LA AMABILIDAD

El propio de éste día es resaltar las buenas acciones en la comunidad enfocándonos  en el hilo positivo de la bondad que nos une a todos. Es una parte fundamental del ser humano romper puentes que nos dividen por conceptos de raza, religión, política, género, o condición social.

                          

 It is an honor to be part of the Sunshine Rodgers  Book of the Month.

Please visit: http://sunshinerodgersblog.simplesite.com/442127212

 

"Hazel Eyes" takes the reader on a journey to discover spiritual experiences of faith and perseverance. An inspirational memoir for teenagers and adults.

Genre: Nonfiction - Number of pages: 130

 "The reason I wrote this book was to take the reader on a journey to view my personal life and to reveal my experience of faith. This memoir connects each chapter with common stories and supernatural events that I experienced from childhood through adulthood. The topics I included range from my doubts and questions as a teenager, my studies, travels, engagement, motherhood, parenting skills, aging, and dying matters."               - Author Maritza Mejia

What others are saying about "Hazel Eyes":

"Maritza M. Mejia, author of "Hazel Eyes", truly has an art to convey well her experiences in this memoir. It will probably be the most unique book you'll ever read. It covers her early childhood, living life in Colombia, her older years studying, and living abroad, and takes you right through her adulthood, coming to live in America. This book is interesting and one you'll look back upon and recall Mrs. Mejia's simple, yet meaningful tales!"        - Author Lisa Waters

"Through the eyes of the author we take a journey through her own spiritual awakening. Most of us have had some sort of awakening at a point in our life and I found it extremely interesting to compare the author's experiences with my own. Though our backgrounds are very different, there are so many feelings and insights that we have in common, many common beliefs! This book will help you recall many precious things that our busy days sometimes make us forget. I highly recommend this book!!" – MaryAnn -

 To purchase "Hazel Eyes" visit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FRHFTQ1

  Maritza M. Mejia writes to inspire others to be their best selves.

Website: www.luzdelmes.com 

Member: ANLMI, FWA, SFWA, Delegada ANLMI

Awards: Crystal Apple 2006, VCB Poetry 2015, Latino Book Awards 2016, Author’s Talk Book Show 2017- American Eagle2020 -Social Media: @luzdelmes

 


Monday, November 9, 2020

Reflection LuzDelMes: Human Ecology and Environment

 Human Ecology and Environment–Maritza M. Mejia - ©2020

Ecología Humana y Medio Ambiente – Maritza M. Mejia - ©2020 Leer artículo en español: http://luzdelmes.blogspot.com/2020/10/reflexion-luzdelmes-ecologia-humana.html

Humanity has had an evolution throughout its history. First, it was all about survival, cultivating its land, pastoring its flocks, and multiplying. Slowly, humans have matured, restored and adapt to their surroundings. The twentieth century’s industrialization and globalization have expanded the scope of the continual evolution of humanity. Now, it is not about a single family or a single tribe or community but it is about the global societies. The interconnection still exist since the beginning of creation; ironically, it continuous to be about survival. However, human ecology takes precedence over the natural environment and both need to be safeguarded to reach a balance in the community, in the ecosystem to obtain an authentic human ecology.[1] 

The environment is our collective good and it is a challenge for the whole humanity to protect it. “It is a matter of a common and universal duty that of respecting common good, destined for all.”[2] To understand the original divine mission to “work and care” for the home we live in (Genesis 2: 15), we need to be aware of our interconnection with each other, the planet and the environment. Moreover, we need an extraordinary force and virtue to understand it: love. “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together” (1 Corinthians 12:26). Furthermore, we must not disregard the “human environment. ”[3]

In the book, Ten Green Commandments of Laudato Si ‘by Father Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, he introduces fervent insights of the encyclical based on the principles of “Seeing-Judging-Acting” to reach ecological awareness and protect not only the environment, but also to care for humanity. [4]   

The Ten Green Commandments are:

1.     Take care of our common home.

2.     Listen to the cry of the poor.

3.     Rediscover a theological vision of the Natural world.

4.     Recognize that the abuse of creation is ecological sin.

5.     Acknowledge the human roots of the crisis of our common home.

6.     Develop an integral ecology.

7.     Learn a new way of dwelling in our common home.

8.     Educate towards ecological citizenship.

9.     Embrace an ecological Spirituality.

10.  Cultivate ecological virtues.

The Ten Green Commandments might be the beginning path for an ecological conversion. As I mention before, first we need to recognize there is an ecological problem and observe with a new vision. Then we can distinguish our wrong habits and change it with good practices, like the 3Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. Ultimate, we can act and reach an ecological consciousness that lead us to an ecological conversion. 

 What is ecology? To begin with this analysis, first take a close look of the word “ecology.” It is derived from the ancient Greek words of “oikos” and “logos,” meaning “household,” or a “place to live.” The first person who uses this term was a German zoologist Ernst Haeckel in 1866. He applied the term as “oekologie” in the relation of the animal both to its organic as well as its inorganic environment.  

Ecology is a science that deals with the interrelationships between the organism and its “environment.” [5] According to Professor Robert Leo Smith, ecology is also called “bioecology, bionomics, or environmental biology.” Ecology studies the sociological and political problems in human affairs, such as, pollution, global warming, food scarcities, extinctions of plants and animals. [6]

What is environment? The Online Encyclopaedia Britannica, on the other hand, refers environment as the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival.[7] The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded.[8]

Roderick J. Lawrence’s article “Human Ecology and Its Applications” explains that since the late 19th century the term “ecology” has been interpreted in diverse ways. In the natural sciences, for instance, botanists and zoologists often use the term “general ecology” to refer to the “interrelations between animals, plants and their direct surroundings.” Human ecology sociologists suggest that it is the study of the “dynamic interrelationships between human populations and the physical, biotic, cultural and social characteristics of their environment and the biosphere.”Human ecology can also be considered the environment relations which have a history in several scientific disciplines and professions. One aspect that is not considered in human ecology is the “anthropological dimensions of human customs, knowledge and values, as well as communication and information.” Lawrence concludes that the term still remains divided between the “social and natural sciences,” as well as between the “theoretical and applied approaches” in each of these sciences. [9]

In the book, “The Theological and Ecological Vision of Laudato Si’: Everything is Connected” by Vincent J. Miller we read one of the clearest vision regarding “human ecology.” First, Miller clarifies that is important to understand that integral ecology involves a belief based of the nature of the world that all things are interrelated. Second, it is important to have a special vision of integral ecology that requires a specific lens that allow us to perceive this “connectedness” with the Triune God. Third, an integral ecology beckons us to follow moral principles to preserve these interconnections.” Dr. Miller concludes, in order to obtain a comprehensive ecology as a guide to action and moral principle, we need to trust, have the special vision and see the signs to reach consciousness to protect "our common home", as Pope Francis refers to planet Earth in the encyclical Laudato Si'.[10]

Human ecology is complemented by cultural development and integration. The individual is a being who nourishes within a family, develops in the community, evolves in society and is restored as the ecosystem does when it is altered. As the study has mentioned, human ecology takes precedence over the natural environment and both need to be safeguarded to reach a balance in the community, in the ecosystem to obtain an authentic human ecology.



[1] Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 92

[2] The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 466

[3] Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 38-39

[4] Kureethadam, Joshtrom Isaac, Ten Green Commandments of Laudato Si’, Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota, Liturgical Press, February 18, 2019, 19-201

[5] Pimm, Stuart L, Ecology, Conservation Ecology Research Unit, Duke University, Durham, N.C., accessed September 10, 2020 https://www.britannica.com/science/ecology

[6] Smith, Robert Leo, Ecology, Professor of Wildlife Biology and Ecology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, accessed September 10, 2020 https://www.britannica.com/science/ecology

[7] The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Environment, accessed September 11, 2020 https://www.britannica.com/science/environment

[8] Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Environment, accessed September 11, 2020 https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/environment

[9] Lawrence, Roderick J, Human ecology and its applications, Centre for Human Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Elsevier Science Geneva, Switzerland, 2013, accessed September 11, 2020, 31 http://ssu.ac.ir/cms/fileadmin/user_upload/Daneshkadaha/dbehdasht/eko/pazoohesh/article_human_ecology/lawrence2003.pdf, 31-33

[10] Miller, Vincent J, The Theological and Ecological Vision of Laudato Si:’ Everything is Connected, edited by Vincent J. Miller, New York: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 1st Edition, July 27, 2017, 14-23

                             Maritza M. Mejia writes to inspire others to be their best selves.

Website: www.luzdelmes.com 

Member: ANLMI, FWA, SFWA, Delegada ANLMI

Awards: Crystal Apple 2006, VCB Poetry 2015, Latino Book Awards 2016, Author’s Talk Book Show 2017- American Eagle2020 -Social Media: @luzdelmes