Wednesday, February 28, 2018

My Adorable Misifu

NEW Pinterest Board: Calico & Haiku
De repente llegó
Con bellos ojos y corazón dulce
Una máscota en mi vida


(Haiku, Mejia@2017)
More poems and reflections, visit:
 http://luzdelmes.com/ldm.php?ldm=poems

Maritza Martínez Mejía
Madre, Educadora, Autor Bilingüe, Promotora cultural y Traductora
Miembro de la ANLMI, Florida Writers Association Y South Florida Writers Association
Actividades GRATIS de lectura y escritura en Website: 


Ganadora del “Crystal Apple” 2006, “VCB Poetry” 2015, “Latino Book Awards” 2016,  “Author’s Talk Book Show” 2017. Cinco libros publicados y artículos en  revistas digitales.


Story of bravery ~ Historia de coraje

The story of Purim ~ Fiesta de la Alegría
The holiday of Purim falls on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar 14. It  is a lesser Jewish holiday that commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot to destroy all the Jews. This story is recorded in the Book of Esther.
Purim 2018 falls on: February 28- March 1 /2019: March 20-21 / 2020: March 9-10
Kids Activities 

The book of Esther tells the exciting life of a young beautiful and humble Jewish at a time in which his people was pursued. Ester with his intelligence and courage avoided to be extinct. 
Read the story of bravery and love narrated in the Bible in the Book of Esther or Jewish Megillah Book of Esther.  Color Queen Esther and Make Hamantashen. The Hamantashen are always triangular and designed to look like the triangular hat that the villain of the Purim story, Haman, wore. 
Let us follow the example of Ester and get the strength to live according to what we believe is correct.

Queen Esther coloring pages




Hamantashen Recipe
Photo Courtesy & Recipe: http://www.cupcakeproject.com/

Peace begins with me, Be the Change!
 Happy Purim!

La fiesta de Purim o Fiesta de la Alegria scelebra anualmente el día 14 del mes hebreo de Adar. La historia se encuentra en el Libro de Ester en la  Biblia Católica o en El Libro Judío de la  Meguilá donde se relata el complot de Amán para destruir a los judíos.
El libro de Ester relata la apasionante vida de una bella y humilde joven judía en una época en la que su pueblo fue perseguido. Ester con su inteligencia y coraje evita que sea extinto. Sigamos el ejemplo de Ester y consigamos la fuerza para vivir de acuerdo a lo que creemos es correcto.

Actividad para Colorear la historia biblica Visita:
 ¡La Paz empieza conmigo, Se el cambio!
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, February 19, 2018

¡Es Tiempo de Cambio!…It’s Time to Change!

Durante la Cuaresma nos preparamos con oración, ayuno y abstinencia a un cambio para recibir la Pascua. Pero, ¿realmente estamos cambiando?...

Al ver las noticias diarias, mi respuesta es ¡NO! Algo no está funcionando bien y es necesario encontrar la raíz del problema antes que nos acostumbremos al dolor ajeno, sin hacer nada.


Algo para reflexionar durante el tiempo de oración, ayuno y abstinencia:


Les invito a reflexionar en nuestra escala de prioridades, más que en juzgar a los demás. ¡Lo sé! Tenemos que trabajar, pero producir para consumir atraídos más por la publicidad, que por la necesidad, no es una buena meta. 

Necesitamos RESCATAR los valores familiares que se han perdido con el afán diario de Hacer y Tener cosas en vez de SER uno mismo.  Hoy es día de pensar en la juventud, más que en nosotros mismos. Los jóvenes nos están pidiendo a gritos un poco de Amor, Comunicación y Atención. ¡Abracémoslos!

Les invito a dejar los celulares a un lado una vez a la semana y:
Tener un tiempo para escuchar a sus hijos.                      Que sea su oración.
Cenar en familia y Contar anécdotas familiares:                Que sea su ayuno.
Escuchar sin criticar, juzgar, polemizar:                             Que sea su abstinencia.

Mis oraciones y condolencias con los que están sufriendo en este momento. ¡Gracias! 
#LuzDelMes.

¡Es Tiempo de Cambio!…It’s Time to Change!

During Lent we prepare with prayer, fasting and abstinence to a change in preparation for Easter, but are we changing?... Watching the daily news, my answer is NO! Something it is not working well and it is necessary to find the root of the problem before we get used to the pain of others, without doing anything.

Something to think about during the time of prayer, fasting and abstinence:
I invite you to reflect on your scale of priorities, rather than in judging others. 
I know! We have to work, but produce to consume attracted more by advertising, rather than necessity, it is not a good goal. 
We need to rescue family values that have been lost with the daily effort to Do and Have things, rather than BE yourself.  Today is a day of thinking about the youth, rather than ourselves. Young people are asking us a little love, communication and care. Embrace them!

I invite you to leave cell phones to one side once a week then:
Take time to listen to your children. Just listen:     Make it your prayer.
Dine together and tell family stories:                     Make it your fast.
Listen without criticize, judge, argue:                    Make it your abstinence.

My condolence to all suffering during this time. #LuzDelMes.

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, February 18, 2018

Lent Activities ~ Actividades de Cuaresma

What is lent?  It is a forty day's journey of fasting, praying and Alms giving in preparation for EasterThis year, Lent stars from February 14 (Ash Wednesday) to March 29 (Holy Thursday) 2018. Enjoy the WALK with inspirational books and fun activities and cooking with your kids.

Praying: While you walk, drive or in a private area. With a devotional prayer, bible, music or in silence to connect with God and yourselve.

Alms Giving: By collecting food for the needy, friend or family. Listening or serving others as a way to serve God. 

Fasting: You can fast by cutting out some food or things in your life that distract you from God. For Ex: Let go social media for a day.
Inspire your children to tend their hearts with good deeds to open the gate for a better change. Like Walking from CATERPILLAR to BUTTERFLY

¿Qué es la Cuaresma?  Es un caminar de cuarenta días dedicado al ayuno, oración y limosna en preparación a la Pascua.  Este  año, la Cuaresma inicia el 14 de febrero (miércoles de ceniza) y termina el 29 de marzo (Jueves Santo) 2018. Inspiremos a nuestros hijos a nutrir sus corazones con buenas obras para abrir la puerta de sus vidas a un mejor mañana. Como caminado  de oruga a mariposa.

40 Day's  Children Lent Activity : From Caterpillar to Butterfly
    1. Draw forty leaves and add color each day of Lent.
           2. During your forty days-walk DO something for others. 
      3. At the last day of Lent draw a colorful butterfly.   
     Let go things to be closer to God
Actividad para la Cuaresma: Caminando de Oruga a Mariposa

Recommended Book
 The Hidden Garden by Jane G. Meyer

“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."
Have a Blessed Lent!
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.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Fun Cuisine for Lent - Comidas para la 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

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, 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, February 16, 2018

Perfect Readings for Lent - Lectura perfecta para Cuaresma


Hazel Eyes,  an Inspirational Memoir for teenagers and adults. Each chapter takes the reader on a journey to discover the author’s spiritual experience of faith.
Ojos Avellana. 
Ha sido un placer traducir Hazel Eyes al español. Es un recorrido y testimonio de fe, legado para futuras generaciones.


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."


         Commentarios acerca del Libro nomindado al Carmenluisa Pinto 2016
 y ganador del Latino Book Awards 2016
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 Disponible: http://www.amazon.com/Maritza-Martinez-Mejia/e/B009DKDXFW 
                                                         Children's Books for Lent
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."  

Books available: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00HZ9QEYK
      Happy a Blessed Lent!
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.