Monday, August 29, 2016

Art 11: Doll (Untitled)

Here is a life drawing I did during an art class back in 2011.
It was a 15-minute pose of a tall model reclining on a chair.
I love the green pastel used and the doll-like lips.
There was an issue with the left arm and it could have used more shading, but I’m proud of the overall image. It’s rare for me to even say that, so I hope you enjoyed this piece.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Writer’s Workshop 19: Fiction Tips

Back in April, I attended the 8th annual Writer’s Weekend at MT. SAC. There were a lot of workshops such as art-related, poetry, and writing.
Here are a few things I learned for fiction from the Fiction Workshop with Christopher Allan Poe and Bonnie Hearn Hill:
  • ·         dialogue is important

-it lets you know character
-drives the plot
-helps us identify the protagonist and antagonist, which is conflict
  • ·         conflict is all about someone wanting A and someone wanting B (not only fists flying)

the goal of the character drives everything
  • ·         always keep learning about your craft: read, write, take classes
  • ·         before write ask: whose story is this? what does this person want? who stands in their way?

by answering these questions, you can build your pitch
  • ·        it’s okay to have multiple protagonists and antagonists, but there should be a MAIN on from each to keep focus
  • ·         consider outlining

Note: My poem, “Disneyland,” got published in Spectrum 6: Pick Up Sticks issue, August 2016.
The issue is filled with great poetry about being a child or about an event that happened in childhood. if interested for a copy, go to

Monday, August 15, 2016

Quote 19

“Don’t struggle to be a better teacher than everybody else. Simply be a better teacher than you ever though you could be.”
--- Robert John Meehan, U.S. educator, author

When I read this quote, I thought, “Wait a minute. Teachers comparing each other leads to competition and a not so happy workplace. How is that even good?”

It’s not.

Teachers should collaborate with each other and work towards building student’s abilities and empathy.

I’ve heard stories that teachers should get paid based on the results they get from student scores, but how does that tell you about the whole child?

If teachers think about being better than last year, they can improve on what was a success instead of wondering if they’re better than the rest.

Isn’t that what we want students to feel, too? A pride for being who they are and doing the best they can with what they got, learning from their mistakes and improving?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Books I’m Reading 25

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home: No-nonsense advice that would inspire you to clean like the dickens by Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer is a collection of tips from cleaning the pantry to washing the rug using natural ingredients.

Yes! We are Latinos by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy is a book in which they take personal experiences of students and write poetry that encapsulates those experiences of being Latino in the United States of America. They also include a brief history about the worn torn countries and multiple migration of various groups in Latin American countries.

Flashes by Tim O’Rourke is a New Adult novel about a seventeen-year old, Charley, who can get glimpses into the last hours of a victim’s life and a nineteen-year old Police Constable, Tom, who is out to prove himself a good detective. They come together during a major case and learn to trust each other.

City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology, edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a collection of various poets such as Allen Ginsberg, David Meltzer, Harold Norse, Marie Ponsot, and many others.

Note: My poem “Go and Come” was recently published on vox poetica! Check it out at

Monday, August 1, 2016

Pet News 21: Urinary Infections and Tip

If your cat starts behaving differently than normal, it’s a sure sign something’s wrong and a trip to the veterinarian is important to rule out any major illnesses.
When my cat started showing symptoms of lethargy and a lack of motivation to play, I knew something was up. She wouldn’t follow me around and I immediately took her to the veterinarian. After some blood and urinary work, the results explained what I feared: crystals in the urine that may lead to kidney stones.
But that wasn’t the hard part. Administering the antibiotics took a lot of work. I solicited my sister’s aide because one had to hold the cat and the other had to deal with the mouth to squirt the substance. All this and still, my cat showed a small sign of crystal, so, we put her on a recommended prescribed diet. Of course, once on it, she couldn’t revert back to her original formula.
It wasn’t a total loss, my cat loved the food and is now pretty stable. No crystals. Cats can be finicky and picky, you know. If only she wouldn’t stress herself out so much, she’d be perfect again.
Later, my vet recommended Cranberry juice to be added to her food to help with her bathroom needs, making the transition of urine go smooth. Giving pumpkin puree also helps with the bathroom process. Dandelion is also a diuretic to promote urine flow.

Whatever you do, make sure you consult with your vet first. Like humans, not every treatment works the same way. We’re glad it helped my cat.