Friday, June 17, 2022

Technological Age Advantages

In my reflections about COVID’19, two years ago, I wrote: "it is time to evaluate and re-evaluate our priorities" and I keep thinking the same.

Since March 13th, 2020 when the quarantine began in the United States, I had a calendar of events set up for the whole year 2020-2021. Slowly the conferences were postponed, events were cancelled, and trips suspended. The sense of despaired inundated the social media with predictions and fake news. I began online classes to refuge myself from the outside world and terrifying news take advantage of the time. For a long time, I have the desire to finish a Master Degree. I was fortune to find a fully online program and venture to register for a Graduate Certificate in Theology for Educators.  The hours of intense study made my days and weeks more manageable while in mandatory quarantine during the uncertain moments that the world was witnessing. I became more aware than ever of healthy eating, exercising, yoga, walking around the house and nourishing my mind and spirit with good books and prayers.

After a year of studies and online meetings, I realized that the new norms were here to stay. Even though, I was not familiar with online programs like Zoom, Goggle meet, and Jiomeet, I slowly adjusted to a new reality and accepted invitations to join online chat meetings. It is a matter of time, collaboration, patience and implementation of worldwide protocols to move into a technological age and move forward as we had done in the past. 

What I have learned about these online programs is that they are similar, easy to handle, have a free section to test how it works, you can record the meeting and save it as audio or video. It is a good tool to present a book, read poetry, present a conference, listen a lecture, and chat with authors, or simply just share time with family and friends. The most important thing is that you can explore and find which one fits best your needs. Do not isolate yourself, find ways to communicate, keep writing, and stay away from too much information that can create anxiety and frustration.  Let’s make the change to an online program. Give it a chance!

At the end of June 2021, I received the Graduate Certificate of Theology for Educator Ministry. I have never imaged to study online to obtain a degree, but I did it during the pandemic years. In four more weeks, I will finish my Masters in Theology for Educators. AMAZING! 

Thank you Catholic Distance University for the opportunity to study fully online. 

Catholic Distance University - Graduate Certificate Theology for Educators 

Thank you for your support!🌷 #LuzDelMes 🌠

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Maritza Martínez Mejía

Mother, Author, Educator, Translator and Publisher
Member: FWA, MCBD Board of AdvisorsANLMI
International Read to Me! Day Ambassador.
Received Crystal Apple Award, VCB Poetry Award, Latino Book Awards 2016 & Author’s Talk

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Poetry Marathon 2022

I am excited to be accepted to participate in the Poetry Marathon 2022.  The event takes place on June 25 at 9:00 a.m. to June 26 at 9:00 a.m. YES! The complete poetry challenge consists on writing 24 poems in 24 hours and the half-marathon on writing 12 poems in 12 hours. Every hour, you receive a prompt with images or even music to inspire you to write your poem.  


I had participated in the Half-Poetry Marathon 2016, 2019 & 2020 and complete Poetry Marathon 2015, 2017 & 2021. This phenomenal event is organized by Caitlin Jans (Thomson) and Jacob Jans, two writers and web publishers. 

How is the preparation?...

Based on my experience, this is how I prepare for a Poetry Marathon:

1. Set up Poetry Marathon Website in advance - Be familiar how to post in it.
2. Sleep well the night before. 
3. Join and follow Facebook Group Posts, days in advance. 

4. Check Prompt every hour and create my poem to post in the timeframe of the hour.

5. Write poem on a word document before publish it to the website.

6. Read and comment other's poems.

7. I don’t edit until the Marathon is completed. Best of all, It is to HAVE FUN!

 What to do in between hours? 

Prepare an easy meal, drink herbal tea, do yoga, listen to music, do small shores at home, and the most important, don't forget to check the prompts each hour. 

At the end of this experience you will be proud to receive a lovely certificate.



Visit Website to sign up: http://thepoetrymarathon.com/
Thank you for your support!🌷 #LuzDelMes 🌠

ACTIVIDADES GRATIS EN: www.luzdelmes.com

Maritza Martínez Mejía

Mother, Author, Educator, Translator and Publisher
Member: FWA, MCBD Board of AdvisorsANLMI
International Read to Me! Day Ambassador.
Received Crystal Apple Award, VCB Poetry Award, Latino Book Awards 2016 & Author’s Talk

Monday, June 13, 2022

Writer's Day ~ Día del Escritor

Each June 13th marks the day of the writer in honor of the Argentine poet Leopoldo Lugones who was born June 13, 1874 in Villa Maria of Rio Seco, province of Córdoba, Argentina.


My Pen
By Maritza Martinez Mejia @2015
From Poems, Thoughts and More

My pen
Lightly dances
With lovely twists
For an invisible audience
Except for me




Happy Writer's Day!

Cada 13 de junio se conmemora el Día del Escritor en honor al poeta Argentino Leopoldo Lugones quien nació el 13 de junio, de 1874 en Villa María del Río Seco, en la provincia de Córdoba, Argentina. Entre muchas de sus obras, Lugones fundó la Sociedad Argentina de Escritores (SADE) que, luego del suicidio del poeta, estableció el día de su natalicio como el Día del Escritor. 


Mi Lapicero

Mi lápiz
Danza ligeramente
Con lindos giros
Para una invisible audiencia
Excepto por...

¡Felicidades a todos los escritores 
y a los que desean algún día emprender esta misión!


Thank you for your support!🌷 #LuzDelMes 🌠

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Maritza Martínez Mejía

Mother, Author, Educator, Translator and Publisher
Member: FWA, MCBD Board of AdvisorsANLMI
International Read to Me! Day Ambassador.
Received Crystal Apple Award, VCB Poetry Award, Latino Book Awards 2016 & Author’s Talk

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Welcome June! - ¡Bienvenido Junio!

 Reflections by Maritza M. Mejía

Welcome June! 
During the vacations, is time to take care of our planet. I invite you this month to be conscious about it and take action. 
Have a happy summer/winter wherever you are.


Summer Break
Mission accomplished!
One more the year is over
Time to take a break!

(Haiku, @2016 Mejía)

¡Bienvenido Junio!
Durante las vacaciones, es tiempo de cuidar nuestro planeta en todos los medios y formas. Te invito este mes a tomar conciencia de este tema y actuar. 
Ten un feliz  verano/invierno donde quiera que estés.



¡Feliz Junio y Verano!

Thank you for your support!🌷 #LuzDelMes 🌠

ACTIVIDADES GRATIS EN: www.luzdelmes.com

Maritza Martínez Mejía

Mother, Author, Educator, Translator and Publisher
Member: FWA, MCBD Board of AdvisorsANLMI
International Read to Me! Day Ambassador.
Received Crystal Apple Award, VCB Poetry Award, Latino Book Awards 2016 & Author’s Talk

Thursday, May 26, 2022

My Pilgrimage Experience 2022

LuzDelMes Experience in Israel 

Spanish translation 👉http://luzdelmes.blogspot.com/2022/05/reflexion-sobre-mi-visita-israel.html?m=1

A month ago, I began an amazing pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The experience unfolded biblical stories in front of me, and the people I have met, made it unforgettable.

I have to admit that the country that I traveled had been on my bucket list since I worked in the tourism industry in the 90s., but I was never allowed to travel because of the endless conflicts in the Middle East. Ironically, the world is still in conflict, but in  spite of everything, life goes on and the trip was a reality.

The Fifth Gospel Experience 

Thanks to the flexibility of my work as a substitute teacher and writer, plus the support of my husband, I was  able to make this journey as a "Scholar." Yes, I am studying theology for educators at the Catholic Distance University (CDU) where I am about to finish my master's degree. This trip is part of my elective class and it is a great honor to travel, not as a tourist, but as a pilgrim. 


I was so excited to have met in person, the well known theology professors Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio and two of my online classmates with whom I have exchanged knowledge for the past two years and now we are exploring  the  "Fifth Gospel" along with other pilgrims. 

During the first days, I was able to eat the Middle Eastern Street  Food, such as Falafel and Shawarma. We visit the Shepherd’s Field and ate the traditional Upside-down food. In Nazareth, we tried food from the times of Jesus: lentil soup, pita bread, sour yogurt and the delicious Hammus.  I learned that this dish contains a biblical reference from the story with Ruth and Boaz when they met in Bethlehem. 'Come hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar” (Ruth 2-14)



According to the guide, Bader Rabadi, the Jerusalem Cross has different meanings and interpretations:
1. The cross in the center represents Jesus and the four smaller crosses represent the four gospels.
2. The cross in the middle represents Jerusalem where Christianity started and the smaller crosses represent the four corners of the world where Christianity spread.
3. The cross represents the five wounds of Jesus.

We visited the Lake of Tiberiades or Sea of Galilee. I learned how to dance the traditional Jewish folk song for celebrations called "Hava Nagila" (Hebrew: הבה נגילה Havah Nagilah) meaning "Let us rejoice. "
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There is so much to share and meditate on this cultural and spiritual experience. Our differences may divide us, but our similarities rejoice us.

Everything was perfect until I got Covid positive before returning to USA and ended in Quarantine in Israel and facing an ordial. 

Read more about it👉

 http://luzdelmes.blogspot.com/2022/05/life-is-full-of-surprises-las-sorpresas.html?m=1

Maritza Martinez Mejia


Website: www.luzdelmes.com

Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator

Member: FWA, MCBD Board of Advisors, ANLMI, 

International Read to Me! Day Ambassador.

Website: www.luzdelmes.com

Received Crystal Apple Award, VCB Poetry Award, Latino Book Awards 2016 & Author’s Talk