Friday, April 24, 2020

LuzDelMes Tri-Anthology in Kyoto, Japan

LUZDELMES TRI-ANTHOLOGY EXHIBITION 

Plans have changed due to the corona era and present social distance protocol. I was not able to travel to lovely Kyoto, but the amazing support of Professor Masashi Nakamura to LuzDelMes Tri-Anthology made the art exhibition possible. What a nice spirit and great courage to find a new venue and opportunity to join a global collaboration of Haiga artists, poets, Haikuist, Monks, volunteers, and an amazing photographer Everett Kennedy Brown. Let's celebrate Mother Earth Week! Most appreciated support to LuzDelMes.

              The Japanese Spiritual History from Kojiki, Haiku to Lafcadio Hearn, in the Nature

Thank you! #LuzDelMes Doumo Arigatou Gozaimasu
Even though this wonderful Exhibition in Kyoto was postponed, Professor Masashi Nakamura has moved the exhibition online, creating virtual ceremonies, cultural projects, publications and solidarity with our global communities. LuzDelMes Tri-Anthology is honored to be part of these talented artists. 

 Today,  April 22nd, 10 am Japan time in a new venue 
the exhibition and ceremony will take place.

The Japanese Spiritual History from Kojiki, Haiku to Lafcadio Hearn, in the Nature in line with this concept, all collaborator's works are exhibited, with a Memorial Book.
EXHIBITION
Virtual Presentation

PRESENTATION:
Prize Haiku and Award Ceremony.

MARITZA M. MEJIA HAIKU
MARITZA M MEJIA CERTIFICATE
I am honored to receive this PRIZE! #LuzDelMes 
Doumo Arigatou Gozaimasu

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

Thursday, April 23, 2020

World Book Day - Día del Libro

April 23er is a symbolic and annual date for World Book Day 📕 or Copyright Day. It's a day that celebrate the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: a Spanish writer who is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language. Acknowledge one of the world's preeminent novelists, William Shakespeare: widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega: a chronicler and writer born in the Spanish Empire's Viceroyalty of Peru.
According to UNESCO  (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural OrganizationWorld Book Day was first celebrated on 23 April 1995 to promote reading, publishing and copyright.

What can you do to celebrate this day?... Support an Author!

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READ -  READ - READ
Abril 23 es una fecha simbólica para celebrar la literatura mundial. Es el  día del libro o día de los derechos de autor para conmemorar el aniversario de la muerte de Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, William Shakespeare e Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.
Según la UNESCO (Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura), el Día Mundial del Libro se celebró por primera vez el 23 de abril de 1995 para promover la lectura, la publicación y los derechos de autor.

¡Apoya a un autor!

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Virtual Earth Day - Día de la Tierra Virtual: April 22

EARTH DAY 
Wednesday, April 22nd marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Since 1970 environmental awareness has been raised to have consciousness about the state of our planet and the consequences of our actions to the environment. Several countries will had have  meetings to discuss this topic and some activities are given their lives to create awareness about the damage we are causing to our "Common House.".  Maybe a tiny virus and destructive pandemic, teach us to protect our Planet. 

Due to the present situation and social distance protocol, this year we celebrate Earth Day Virtually with poetry LuzDelMes. #VirtualEarthDay2020 🗺️


POETRY FOR THE SOUL LUZDELMES:
And the Earth begins to breath, 
the waters flow in harmony, 
the animals left their cages, 
the sky  cleared, 
the sun shone with joy, 
the moon illuminated with hope 
when humans hide in their houses,
six feet apart from each other,
and the machines stop its engines. 
@Mejia2020 
#StayHome
According to BBC Future, as industries, transport networks and businesses have closed down, it has brought a sudden drop in carbon emissions. Compared with this time last year. Read article 👉https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200326-covid-19-the-impact-of-coronavirus-on-the-environment

DÍA DE LA TIERRA 

El miércoles, 22 de abril es el 50 aniversario del Día de la Tierra. Desde 1970 se ha tratado de crear consciencia ecológica sobre el estado de la Tierra y el impacto de nuestras acciones en el medio ambiente. Varios países han tenido jornadas colectivas y activistas han dado hasta su vida para  alertarnos del daño que le causamos a nuestra "Casa Común," Tierra. Tal vez un diminuto virus y destructiva pandemia, nos enseñe a cuidar nuestro Planeta. 

Dadas la presente circunstancia y protocoles de distanciamiento social, celebraremos de forma virtual  el día de la tierra con poesía LuzDelMes. #DiadelaTierraVirtual2020 🗺️#LuzDelMes ✨



POESÍA PARA EL ALMA LUZDELMES:
Y la Tierra empezó a respirar, 
los mares a fluir en armonía,
los animales salieron de su cautiverio, 
el cielo se despejó, 
el sol destello con alegría, 
la luna brilló con esperanza,  
cuando el humano se encerró en su casa,
Seis pies de distancia
y las máquinas pararon sus motores... 
@Mejia 2020
#QuedateEnCasa
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

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

National Arbor Day - Día Nacional del Árbol


Visit the site to find your area: https://www.arborday.org/celebrate/dates.cfm
National Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plan trees. According to history, it is always celebrated on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree planting times in their area. 
LuzDelMes supports Arbor Day campaign by Rina Soldevilla in Peru.
 
#LuzDelMes 🌠 apoya el proyecto ambientalista de Rina Soldevilla
 El Día Nacional del Árbol es un día festivo en el que se anima a los individuos y grupos a plantar árboles. Según la historia, siempre se celebra el último viernes de abril, pero muchos estados observan el Día del Árbol en diferentes fechas durante todo el año en función de los mejores tiempos de plantación de árboles en su área. Visite el sitio para encontrar su área: https://www.arborday.org/celebrate/dates.cfm
El Proyecto de Solidaridad #LuzDelMes sigue dejando huella más allá de las fronteras y apoya la campaña de reforestación de la poeta y ambientalista Rina Soldevilla. ¡Felicidades y bendiciones por ésta gran campaña.  
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, April 12, 2020

Easter in Quarantine - Pascua en Cuarentena

This Easter has been a unique time in history. A virus turned down all projects and celebrations, but not our faith. It has shone more than ever wordwide.

It’s time to leave behind the spiritual winter and celebrate the season of Florida Easter. As Christians we were welcoming Florid Easter, a time of renewal. Other traditions welcome Spring as symbol of new life. Trees, plants, fields are beginning to turn green and blossom; new life is emerging from the ground. Just as winter symbolizes death, spring symbolizes new life. Happy Easter!

Ésta Pascua ha sido histórica. Un virus cambio todos nuestros proyectos y celebraciones, pero no apago nuestra fe que está más viva que nunca en todo el mundo. 
Es hora de dejar atrás el invierno espiritual y celebrar el tiempo de Pascua Florida. Como cristianos/as le damos la bienvenida a la Pascua Florida o tiempo de renovación. Otras tradiciones dan la bienvenida a la primavera como símbolo de una nueva vida. Los árboles, las plantas, los campos están comenzando a volverse verdes y florecer; nueva vida está emergiendo de la tierra. Así como el invierno simboliza la muerte, la primavera simboliza una nueva vida. ¡Felices Pascuas!


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

Saturday, April 11, 2020

LuzDelMes Easter Recipe - Receta para Pascua

When I want to connect with my Colombian’ roots, I prepare “Huevos Pericos” with arepas and hot chocolate. My Mom used to make this delicious breakfast for my birthday or special Sundays, like Christmas or Easter. It is a quick and easy egg recipe and one of the most popular breakfast dishes in Colombia which we serve with arepas, hot chocolate or coffee. Here is my Mom’s recipe:

Huevos Pericos (Scrambled Eggs with Tomato and Scallions)
Arepa with Huevos Pericos
Ingredients: (4 Servings)
·       4 eggs
·       2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
·       2 tablespoons olive oil
·       4 tablespoons chopped scallions
·       Salt to taste
Preparation:
1.     In a medium non-stick skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and scallions and cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2.     Meanwhile, in a small bowl beat the eggs and salt. Pour the eggs in the skillet with the tomato mixture and cook over medium heat, without stirring, until mixture begins to set.
3.     Stir twice or until the eggs mix with the tomato and scallions for about 2 minutes or until the eggs are the consistency you like.
4.     Transfer to a serving plate and serve with arepa and hot chocolate or coffee.
NOTE : 
Arepa (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈɾepa]) is a type of food made of ground maize dough, originating from the northern region of South America in pre-Columbian times, and is notable in the cuisines of Colombia and VENEZUELA. The sizes, maize types, and added ingredients vary its preparation.

Time has passed, my Mom is in heaven, and my daughter didn’t like “Huevos.” She changed the Colombian tradition and asked me one day for “Calentado” on her birthday. Do you know what it is?

Calentado without Egg...

Calentado literally means “heated” and is a traditional Colombian breakfast born in the Andean region of the country. It is very common in the area I was born, to eat rice and beans on weekends for dinner, then, for breakfast on Sunday, the rice and beans are reheated and served with egg, arepa,  grilled beef. Optional with chorizo, chicharrón and serve with hot chocolate or coffee. 

I have find this dish on the menu of almost any Colombian restaurant around the world. 
CELEBRATE TRADITIONS!
                                           
                      Desayuno Traditional  
Cuando quiero conectar me con mis raíces colombianas, preparo "Huevos Pericos" con arepas y chocolate caliente. Mi mamá solía hacer éste delicioso desayuno para mi cumpleaños, domingos especiales, Navidad o Pascua. Es una receta con huevos revueltos, cebolla verde y tomate picados,  rápida de preparar y fácil de hacer. Es uno de los desayunos más populares en Colombia que se sirve con arepas, chocolate caliente o café.
El tiempo ha pasado, mi mamá está en el cielo, y a mi hija no le gustaban los "Huevos". Ella cambió la tradición y me pidió un día "Calentado" en su cumpleaños. ¿Sabes lo que es? …
Calentado significa literalmente "calentado" y es un desayuno tradicional de la región andina del país. Es muy común, en la zona que nací, comer arroz y frijoles los fines de semana para la cena. Luego, para el desayuno del domingo, el arroz y los frijoles se recalientan y se sirven con huevo, arepa, chorizo, chicharrón o carne de res a la parrilla y chocolate caliente.

He encontrado este plato en el menú de casi cualquier restaurante colombiano de todo el mundo.

¡Celebra las tradiciones! 

 Maritza Martinez 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, April 4, 2020

Creative Ways to Celebrate Holy Week in Quarantine


The Church isn’t a building, it’s a community of faith that exists without walls. With the social distance and unprecedented time #StayHome🏡 the churches will stay closed through Holy Week and Easter 2020. You may be thinking, how can I still celebrate Holy Week during quarantine and worship God this Easter Season from home?

1.   I've found this practice an interesting routine for this quarantine and historical moment. Let's get back in tune with reflecting upon God's grace and presence to find the His light to look toward a better tomorrow. 
      St. Ignatius of Loyola Daily Exam Exercise:
1. Become aware of God’s presence.
2. Review the day with gratitude.
3. Pay attention to your emotions.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
5. Look toward tomorrow.

2.   Celebrate with family at home using the technology. You can attend Virtual daily Mass.

3.   Use the creativity to create a “Domestic Church” to have a special place of solitude with God. Follow the Link to make some crafts with your kids or for yourself.

Palm Sunday, April 5th
Gospel: Matthew 26: 14-27 or Matthew 27:11-54
Palm CrossPlace a branch on the window or door of your house. 

Monday, April 6th
Gospel: John 12:1-11
Holy Week Coloring BookletCreate your own Holy Week Booklet and pray with it.
Tuesday, April 7th
Gospel: John 13:21-33
Making Sorrowful Mysteries Cards: Prepare your own sorrowful mysteries card to pray.
Wednesday, April 8th
Gospel: Matthew 26:14-25
Holy Week BannerUnderstand Holy Week meaning and symbols with the banner.
Thursday, April 9th
Gospel: John 13:1-15
Triduum Triptychs: Understanding the symbols of the Paschal Triduum.
Friday, April 10th
Gospel: John 18:1-19:42
Stations of the Cross play: Reflect with the Stations of the Cross play. Don’t forget to fast!

Saturday, April 11th
Gospel:  Matthew 28:1-10
Resurrection Eggs: Understanding Easter Sunday with Resurrection Eggs activity.

Easter Sunday,  April 12th
Gospel: John: 20:1-9
Easter BasketPrepare a basket with any candy available and hide it inside home to enjoy the day with your family.
Happy Easter!!!
Blessings, Health and Peace! 😇🙏🕊️#LuzDelMes 

SEMANA SANTA EN CUARENTENA
La Iglesia no es un edificio, es una comunidad sin paredes. Es la Iglesia Domestica. 
¿Cómo podemos celebrar Semana Santa? 
Sigue las indicaciones. 

Bendiciones, Salud y Paz 🕊️
 #SemanaSanta #Cuarentena 🙏#MeQuedoenCasa🏡 #LuzDelMes

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