Monday, November 30, 2015

Teaching News 3

Here’s a little list of things I’ve compiled throughout the years to remember when being around your own children or if you work with children. It might not be a complete list, but it’s a start!

The 6 Best News to Give your Child

  1. I Love You
  2. I appreciate your help
  3. You’re special
  4. I’m Sorry
  5. You can do it
  6. Each step counts

The 6 Must Do’s in Discipline

  1. Never yell or belittle your child
  2. Provide choices
  3. Listen
  4. Acknowledge them
  5. Teach self-regulation
  6. Make them feel safe and loved


Monday, November 23, 2015

Writer’s Workshop 14: The Pick-Me List

During a workshop on Character Building at the Mt. SAC Writer’s Weekend led by Martin Lastrapes, we were asked to make a list of character traits to begin building our character. Then, we had to choose three of the traits and write the introduction to this character for our story.

The idea was to have details to describe the character to avoid writing flat characters. This helps add dimension to our writing. I found the exercise interesting and I liked what came out of it.

The following was the list I had and the bold type words in the paragraph are the chosen words for this character I built.

smelled nice
open-toe shoes
shoulder length hair
High School education
loyal with friends and family


She always smelled like she just stepped out of the shower, the lingering scent of soap intermingled with expensive perfume, similar to the kind you find once you step into JC PENNY’s or VICTORIA’S SECRET at the mall.

She liked the mall, but preferred outside flea markets where you could haggle the price with the vendors. She always got a fair deal, especially if a man got a glimpse of her cleavage.

It was a priority to leave the house exposing “her babies.” It was also the one trait that got her in trouble. She was never the kind to flirt or sleep with other men, but her marriage had started breaking after 30 years and when he walked into her life, she embraced it, and looked forward to their intimate meetings. Little did she know that they would be short lived…

p.s. Have a nice Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Art 7: Blue Sketch

One of the assignments in my previous art class was to sketch everywhere we went. On the bus, waiting at the park, sitting at a restaurant, etc. One of those sketches I did in blue ink using a fine point pen, then, painting over it with watercolor for shading.

This was a sketch of myself (the back) and of a friend (facing forward). The effect turned out well and I decided to share it with all of you. Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Writing Endeavors 10: Death as Metaphor Poetry

I was just notified that two of my poems were accepted and published on Jupiter Artland Foundation’s Inspired to Write Poetry and Prose Competition. The winners will be chosen on January 16th in England, but I’m entered!

There were a lot of entries to this UK poetry competition. When you visit the site, it asks that you scroll to the bottom and click on LOAD 20 MORE POSTS to get to the next ones. You have to click about three or four times to see my first poem and then, again, to see the second poem.

These were ekphrastic poems in which I choose an artwork that inspired me. I chose STROKE by Anya Gallaccio (a bench at the center of an empty room) for My Thoughts and I chose BROKEN by Jessica Harrison (porcelain statues dressed in 17th century garb who were dismembered in some way) for Porcelain Hearts.

These poems turned out to be examples of how I used death as a metaphor to write them. It was a lot of fun and I’m grateful to Jupiter Artland for accepting them. I hope you enjoy reading the other great poetry, too!

Here’s the website:

Monday, November 2, 2015

Quote 16

“Strength does not come from physical capacity.

It comes from indomitable will.”

-Jawharial Nehru

This quote reminds me of that famous adage: if there’s a will, there’s a way.

Having ‘will’ has nothing to do with how you look or how much muscle you have.

It’s about wanting to do something and doing it.

It’s about perseverance, patience, understanding, competence, love…

The strength comes from the love needed to do what is asked of us.

Sometimes, we ask ourselves to do something.

At other times, we are asked to do something.

Our physical capacity to do something might play a role in completing a task, but it does not hinder our mental capacity to figure out a way to finish it.

It’s like that jelly jar that’s so hard to open with arthritic hands.

You don’t stop because it’s impossible, you ask for help or you buy a special jar opener or you buy the jelly in another container easier to use.

If there’s a way to do something, then we will find the best way possible to do it.
You don't give up.