Saturday, December 30, 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas for Authors

Meet the LuzDelMes  Spotlight 2017 Authors during the 12 Days of Christmas


6. Jun Spotlight Interview with La Editorial Mapalé
http://luzdelmes.blogspot.com/2017/06/june-spotlight-interview-with-editorial.html

7. July Spotlight Interview with Maritza M. Mejia en Foros Fefi TeVe http://luzdelmes.blogspot.com/2017/06/poeta-maritza-martinez-mejia-en-foro.html
8. August Spotlight Interview with Liana Fornier De Serres
http://luzdelmes.blogspot.com/2017/08/august-spotlight-interview-with-liana.html
9. September Spotlight Interview with AZ Libris Show
http://luzdelmes.blogspot.com/2017/08/az-libris-show-en-luzdelmes-september.html
10. October Spotlight Interview with Educa Hoy Foundation
http://luzdelmes.blogspot.com/2017/10/educa-hoy-foundation-at-october.html
11. November Spotlight Interview with “Cuéntale tu cuento a La Nota Latina”
http://luzdelmes.blogspot.com/2017/10/cuentale-tu-cuento-la-nota-latina-at.html
12. December Spotlight Interview with Author’s Talk Book Show

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Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator
Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, Author’s Talk Book Award 2016, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Maritza M. Mejia at Poetry Marathon Challenges

I participated in the Half-Poetry Marathon 2016 and Complete Poetry Marathon 2015 and 2017. The complete challenge consists on writing 24 poems in 24 hours and the half-marathon:12 poems in 12 hours with a prompt you receive per hour. This phenomenal event is organized by Caitlin Jans (Thomson) and Jacob Jans.
Half-Poetry Marathon Certificate 2016

This year, I learned about The Golden Shovel Poems. it was created in 2010 by the poet Terrance Hayes. Last year, I created Haibun (Prose+ Haiku) poems about Peace and a Persona poem about Homeless. It hit me hard to think about a person without a home to sleep in... 


Full Poetry Marathon Certificate 2017

I edited the poems and submitted to the Poetry Marathon Anthology. 
Guest what? 
"Oatmeal in Heaven" is in the Anthology 2016 and "Homeless" in 2017 Poetry Marathon Anthology.







I AM PROUD TO BE INCLUDED IN THE ANTHOLOGY 2016 & 2017

For details about the the NEXT Poetry Marathon
visit: 
http://thepoetrymarathon.com/

Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator
For my poems visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, Author’s Talk Book Award 2016, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Celebration of Cultural Heritage and Traditional Values

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the Western African diaspora. 


Kwanzaa Candle and traditional food
This celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture. This year Kwanzaa begins onDecember 26th and ends on January 1st with the feast and gift-giving.
According to history, Kwanzaa has seven core principles called Nguzo Saba.
It was created by Maulana Karenga.  The first Kwanzaa celebration was at the end of 1966 beginning 1967. 
The Black Candle represents the first principle Umoja (unity) and is placed in the center of the Kinara. The red candles represent the principles of Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujamaa (cooperative economics) and Kuumba (creativity) and are placed to the left of the black candle. The green candles represent the principles of Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Nia (purpose) and Imani (faith) and are placed to the right of the black candle. The colors of Kwanzaa are black, red and greenblack for the people, red for their struggle, and green for the future and hope that comes from their struggle.
The Principles of Kwanzaa
Source from Official Kwanza website: http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml
umoja (oo-MOH-ja)
Meaning: unity
Action: building a community that holds together
kujichagulia (koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-yah)
Meaning: self-determination
Action: speaking for yourself and making choices that benefit the community
ujima (oo-JEE-mah)
Meaning: collective work and responsibility
Action: helping others within the community
ujamaa (oo-JAH-ma)
Meaning: cooperative economics
Action: supporting businesses that care about the community
nia (nee-AH)
Meaning: a sense of purpose
Action: setting goals that benefit the community
kuumba (koo-OOM-bah)
Meaning: creativity
Action: making the community better and more beautiful

imani (ee-MAH-nee)
Meaning: faith
Action: believing that a better world can be created for communities now and in the future

Activity for Kids: Coloring Pages:


For Tradition,  values and more: http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/kwanzaa.shtml

Según la historia Kwanzaa tiene siete principios básicos llamados Nguzo Saba. Fue creado por Maulana Karenga. La celebración dura ocho días y empieza el 26 de Diciembre y finaliza el Primero de Enero. Los colores de las velas en la Kinara representan: La Negra, representa su gente, la rojja el sufrimiento de su gente, y el verde la esperanza por un mejor futuro,

Happy Kwanzaa!
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator
Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, Author’s Talk Book Award 2016, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Boxing Day Traditions


Boxing Day is the 26th December and is a national holiday in the UK and Ireland. It’s a day to spend with family and friends and to eat up all the leftovers of Christmas Day.
History and tradition differ about the origins of the name Boxing Day.  The most common reasons are:

     ·       A ‘Christmas Box’ in Britain is a name for a Christmas present.  
     ·       Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants and the day when they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give ‘Christmas Boxes’ to their families. 
     ·       A box to collect money for the poor traditionally and placed in Churches on Christmas day and opened the next day - Boxing Day. 
     ·       Great sailing ships when setting sail would have a sealed box containing money on board for good luck. Were the voyage a success, the box was given to a priest, opened at Christmas and the contents were given to the poor. 
     British activities on Boxing Day include bizarre traditions like swimming the icy cold English Channel, fun runs, charity events and Fox hunting.
Irish activities on Boxing Day include the celebration of St Stephen who was killed, purportedly stoned to death, for believing in Jesus. It is known as "St Stephen's Day" and is famous for its "Wren Boys" would go out and stone Wrens to death with blackened. This barbaric act has now stopped, but the Wrens Boys will still dress up and parade around time, though, but collecting money for charity.
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator

Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, Author’s Talk Book Award 2016, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

El verdadero sentido de la Navidad

Advent Books Ideas
Navidad es mucho más que árboles, regalos, compras, viajes, cenas y fotos con Santa. Es un espacio apropiado para planear, preparar y proyectar un bendecido Nuevo Año. Dejando atrás la tristeza de lo que no se hizo y lo que no tenemos. Es un tiempo difícil para muchos si hemos perdido un ser querido. Sin embargo, es un espacio para abrirle la puerta al agradecimiento, la solidaridad, y el amor al prójimo.
Santa Claus, Papá Noel, San Nicolás, son representaciones de la bondad y el amor de la Navidad y no un icono comercial. Movimientos anti Santa reclaman el reconocimiento del origen cristiano, de la imagen de San Nicolás en países como Alemania, Austria, y España entre otros. Y algunos se preguntan, ¿Existió Papá Noel?
La Tradición de San Nicolás data del siglo IV del Obispo griego de Myra, llamado a Nicolás, quien ayudaba a los pobres.  Debido a los muchos milagros atribuidos a su intercesión, también es conocido como “Nikolaos el Wonderworker”. Es decir, Una persona que realizó milagros. La leyenda narra que el obispo dejó el dinero requerido (dote) a la orilla de la ventana, dentro de una bolsa roja, de tres niñas pobres para permitirles casarse. Probablemente la tradición de las medias rojas que se llenan de dinero, está basada en esta historia. 
Pesebre del 2017
El nacimiento de Jesús, y sus padres José y María, son la familia central y la razón de la Navidad. Lamentablemente, deseamos celebrar Navidad sin el Niño Jesús, que irónico. No es mi intención predicarles sobre la razón de la Natividad, ni la llegada de los Reyes Magos a adorar al Mesías. Todo ello lo pueden leer en el Nuevo Testamento, Mateo1 & 2. Incluso el diccionario define la palabra Navidad como Festividad religiosa que se celebra el día 25 de diciembre, en que los cristianos conmemoran el nacimiento de Jesús. Entonces me pregunto, sí no damos un espacio al Niño Jesús en nuestros árboles Navideños, ¿por qué celebramos Navidad? Leer: “Cristo no fue un hombre, fue un mensaje”
Que nuestro Árbol de Navidad 🎄tenga espacio para la Solidaridad 😇 y Amor al prójimo 💚#LuzDelMes.

The Spirit of Christmas
by Maritza M. Mejia
The essence to rejoice
Is in your heart
The reason of the season
Comes from above
Is tough to perceive
If you don’t believe

Not in the wrapping
Or in the store
Nor the food
Neither the place
Deep inside
May find the reason

Under a tree
Around the table
Close to families
Or dear friends
Inside the church
May find the season

Have a Blessed and Merrier Christmas!
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator

Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, Author’s Talk Book Award 2016, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas around the world

Christmas, is an annual celebration commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration. There are different traditions around Christmas around the world, but the most common tradition is to give presents and celebrate with joy the birth of baby Jesus. 
Our family tradition is to celebrate from Dec. 16 to Dec 24, a nine days of prayers and songs in preparation for Christmas Mass and family dinner. What is your tradition?
Novena Colombiana visit: https://luzdelmes.blogspot.com/2017/12/novena-de-navidad-colombiana-dic-16-24.html

Christmas around the world traditions.visit: http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/
For Christmas FUN activities:
http://www.whychristmas.com/fun/
Customs around Christmas: 
http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/


Merry Christmas!

Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator
Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, Author’s Talk Book Award 2016, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Spirit of Christmas & December Solstice

The December solstice, also known as the southern solstice, is the solstice that occurs each December, between the 20th and the 22nd day of the month according to the Gregorian calendar. In the Southern Hemisphere, the December solstice is the summer solstice,  but in the Northern Hemisphere it is the
 winter solstice.  It is usually consider a time for  renew and re-birth.  
Let's...
Celebrate together
With Family and Friends
Keep it simple is always the best!

The essence to rejoice
Is in your heart
The reason of the season
Comes from above
Is tough to perceive
If you don’t believe

Not in the wrapping
Or in the store
Nor the food
Neither the place
Deep inside
May find the reason

Under a tree
Around the table
Close to families
Or dear friends
Inside the church
May find the season
Have a Blessed and Merrier Christmas!

EL SOLSTICIO DE INVIERNO Y EL ESPÍRITU DE LA NAVIDAD
Los solsticios (del latín solstitium (sol sistere), es decir, "Sol quieto". Son los momentos del año en los que el Sol alcanza su mayor o menor altura aparente en el cielo, y la duración del día o de la noche son las máximas del año, respectivamente. 
El significado o interpretación de este evento ha variado en las distintas culturas del mundo, pero la mayoría de ellas lo reconoce como un período de renovación y re-nacimiento, que conlleva celebraciones o  festivales.


Vamos a...
Celebrarlo Juntos,
con Familia y Amistades,
De manera sencilla, es siempre mejor.

Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator

Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, Author’s Talk Book Award 2016, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017.