Saturday, March 27, 2021

Poetry for Peace - Poesia por la paz

Poets around the world have defined PEACE in different ways using various literary images. It can mean world peace, peace between friends, family, or inner peace. Whichever meaning of peace you're looking for, LuzDelMes project is sharing a moment to reflect on the meaning of PEACE throughout POETRY. Join us the last Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. ET via Zoom & Instagram.

The Objective: Reach inner peace throughout poetry. #PoetryforPeace #LuzDelMes

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During the month of January, we read poems by Rabindranath Tagore (May 7, 1861 - August 7, 1941) The bard of Bengal who brought out the essence of Eastern spirituality in his poetry like no other poet. His spiritual vision, as he said, is infused "with the ancient spirit of India as revealed in our sacred texts and manifested in the life of today." Tagore wrote this poem as part of his cycle, "The Gardener" (1915). He uses "peace" in the sense of finding peace in the face of impending death.

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 Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet.
 Let it not be a death but completeness.
 Let love melt into memory and pain into songs.
 Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings
   over the nest.
 Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the
   night.
 Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last
   words in silence. I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light you on your way.



Watch Video Zoom:
March Meeting - Poetry for Peace

During February, Black History Month, I chose Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928–May 28, 2014). She was a celebrated poet, memoirist, singer, dancer, actor, and civil rights activist.

During March, I quoted a poem by Emily Dickinson "I Many Times Thought Peace Had Come," I also tought that peace will come after the pandemic year, but ...I was wrong. I selected Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830–May 15, 1886) an American poet best known for her eccentric personality and her frequent themes of death and mortality. 

Emily Dickinson: "I Many Times Thought Peace Had Come" -Image-

In Dickinson two-stanza poem, she uses the image of the sea to represent the waves of peace and struggle. Peace sometimes means peace within, when we are facing inner struggles, but peace in the world can also be illusory.

I many times thought Peace
had come
When Peace was far away -
As Wrecked Men - deem
they sight the Land -
At Centre of the Sea -

And struggle slacker -
but to prove
As hopelessly as I -
How many the fictitious
Shores -
Or any Harbor be -

 ¡Poesía por la Paz!


Los poetas alrededor del mundo han definido la PAZ de diferentes formas usando  diversas imágenes literarias. Puede significar la paz mundial, paz entre amigos, en la familia, o paz interior. Sea cual sea el significado de paz que esté buscando, el proyecto LuzDelMes está compartiendo un momento para reflexionar sobre el significado de la PAZ usando como medio la POESÍA. Acompáñanos el último sábado del mes a las 10:00 a.m. ET vía Zoom & Twitch. TV/ LuzDelMes. 

En enero exploramos la poesía de Rabindranath Tagore el poeta bengalí, premio nobel de literatura 1913. En febrero, Mes de la Historia Negra,  seleccioné a Maya Angelou, celebre poeta y activista Afro-Americana.  Y en Marzo dedicamos a la poeta Estadounidense Emily Dickinson con el poema: Muchas veces pensé que la paz había llegado, 1863.


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¡Paz y Bien! 
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 21, 2021

World Poetry Day - Dia International de la poesía

                 Celebrate Poetry Day.              


World Poetry Day is on March 21st in the Equinox of Spring, in the North Hemisphere.  It was declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999. The purpose of the day is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world.  http://www.un.org/en/events/poetryday/

"The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity."
                               
                        FREE POEMS: http://www.luzdelmes.com/ldm.php?ldm=poems
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                  Celebra el día de la Poesía.    

El Día Mundial de la Poesía es el 21 de marzo en el equinocio de la primavera, en el Hemisferio Norte. Fue propuesto en el año 1999 por la Unesco.  El propósito de la jornada es promover la lectura, escritura, publicación y enseñanza de la poesía en todo el mundo
La UNESCO lanzó al mundo el siguiente comunicado para avalar la conmemoración del día mundial de la poesía al instituir ese legado para el mundo:

«Es evidente que una acción mundial a favor de la poesía daría un reconocimiento y un impulso nuevo a los movimientos poéticos nacionales, regionales, e internacionales. Esta acción debería tener como objetivo principal sostener la diversidad de los idiomas a través de la expresión poética y dar a los que están amenazados la posibilidad de expresarse en sus comunidades respectivas.» Unesco
                                                   
Poemas GRATIS en: 
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, March 20, 2021

Welcome Spring - Bienvenida Primavera

Welcome Spring with Haiku  


Spring and Easter are associated with new beginnings, rebirth, growth and life. The days are longer, the earth is blooming, and everything awakens.  In 2021, spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Saturday, March 20th and ends on Sunday, June 20th. This event marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the South Hemisphere.

The word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night”—aequus (equal) and nox (night). On the equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world. With the equinox, enjoy the increasing sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets.

~Flowers Bloom~
Blossom hue flowers
Sing, shine, smell, smooth and flavor
Spring is welcoming!

~Spring Wind~
Cold, balmy, warm, hot
Is Spring forthcoming your way?
Tell me silly earth!

~Blue Sky~

In the deep blue sky
Colorful birds fly and sing
Making earth happy
(Haiku@2016 by Maritza M. Mejia)
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La Primavera y La Pascua están asociados con renacimiento, nuevos comienzos, crecimiento y vida. Los días son más largos, la tierra florece y todo despierta.

En el 2021, el equinócio de primavera (también llamado equinócio de marzo o equinócio vernal) cae el sábado 20 de marzo y finaliza el domingo 20 de Junio. Este evento marca el primer día astronómico de primavera en el hemisferio norte y otoño en el hemisferio sur.

La palabra equinoccio proviene de las palabras latinas para "igual noche": equus (igual) y nox (noche). En el equinoccio, la duración del día y la noche es casi igual en todas las partes del mundo. Con el equinócio, disfrute de las horas de luz solar cada vez mayores, con amaneceres más tempranos y puestas de sol posteriores.
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

Friday, March 19, 2021

Saint Joseph - San José

Each year on March 19th, many families prepare a table or altar in honor of Saint Joseph, Patron Saint of the poor. My Italian friends prepare a table with a well decorated fine linens, flowers and decorative breads. My favorites  pastries are the orange-cranberry scones.

This year, the world is facing an unexpected Pandemic virus. Pope Francis invited us to pray the Rosary today. Let's join them and pray to St. Joseph for protection.
#StayHome 🏡#LuzDelMes✨

Why is Saint Joseph the patron Saint of the poor? 
We know little about Saint Joseph, but his humble carpenter remains us  of poor salary and humble life. (Matthew 13:55).

Who is St. Joseph? 
Everything we know about Saint Joseph comes from the Bible. He was the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus. Despite his humble work, Joseph came from a royal lineage from David, the greatest king of Israel (Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38).
The circumstances of Joseph's death are not known, but it is likely that he died before Jesus’ ministry began and before Jesus’ Crucifixion (John 19:26-27).
What is the meaning of St. Joseph's Table?
This day parishes observe the three practice of Lent: pray, fast, and alms-giving by preparing a simple meal and the money raised is given to the poor. 



St. Joseph's Day Activities

















2.    Make Sugar Cookies and cut them into the shape of St. Joseph symbols: a lily, a hammer or carpenter square. https://www.whitelily.com/recipes/traditional-sugar-cookies-3894
3.    St. Joseph’s Lily Sandwiches :http://catholiccuisine.blogspot.com/2008/03/lily-sandwiches.html
5. Celebrate wirh family and friends St. JOSEPH’S DAY! 



Happy Saint Joseph’s Day      
St. Joseph's Coloring Page - Hoja de Colorear:

Himno a san José | Música Católica | Canción a san José

Novena a San José  

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

Poemas, pensansamiento y algo más visita 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


International Read to Me Day - March 19


We know how important reading is for children’s intellectual and social development. March 19th is READ TO ME! DAY to celebrate and support the reading process. We can all help children with their reading and the idea of marking one special day when we do that is just one part of a much bigger strategy.

This is an initiative by Award Winning Author, Publisher, Founder of Boogie Books and Public Speaker, Emma Mactaggart. "When we are read a story, we are transported to another land, another time, and we walk in the shoes of another person. In those moments, empathy for others is created, and this in-turn creates stronger communities," Mrs. Mactaggart said.

How to get involved?

A. Ambassadors  

  1. Promote the global event (Sharing facebook link and press release and poster).
  2. Encourage readers to participate.

 

B. Readers

 

  1. Will use a calendly link to find a reading timeslot that suits them.  
  2. Post a social media tile, and title of book / author / illustrator / publisher and let their network know what time they are reading live in the Facebook group.
  3. Post a Facebook live – deleting the video afterwards (we are hoping that eventually will have permission from publishers to keep the videos in the groups feed.)
  4. If self-published, or have permission from publisher, the video doesn’t have to be deleted.

For more information, please visit: https://www.readtomeday.com


PREVIOUS VIDEOS:

 

International Read to Me Day Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC35wcT2zzMLJI3cCugsyezQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77oYYh9cptc Flashback to what we have done in the past. 

And even cable tv https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m21vEwGiOas

Through the use of social media on a global scale, International Read to Me! Day brings attention to the need and welcomes the involvement of those who wish to provide a solution.

I am so excited to be part of this project as USA Ambassador. I will read bilingual books in English and Spanish on March 18th at 3:00 pm ET.

Also, I will read amazing books from award winning authors on March 19th by Sherrill S. Cannon, Janet Balletta, Tere Rodriguez-Nora, Suzan Johnson and Jorge Luis Seco via FaceLive: https://www.facebook.com/groups/internationalreadtomeday/?ref=share

 My Schedule Easter Time - Reading books by

11:00 am 
Janet Balletta

11:20 am 
Tere Rodriguez-Nora

11:30 am 
Sherrill S. Cannon

11:40 am 
Jorge Luis Seco

11:50 am 
Suzan Johnson


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

Poemas, pensansamiento y algo más visita 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