Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Do it your way

Comment regarding article: 7 Pieces of Wisdom From a 99U piece: Insights on making ideas happen by BÄ“hance

I got a lot from the entire article and related to Martha Graham's quote: "It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."

I studied dance and know that she learn what other had done before her and then created her own technique. I truly dislike people that critique the art of others and say that to get a piece sold, or become good, it must follow a certain format, pattern, formula; where is creation in copying someone else?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Does hate wash hate

They were once the dirty, lazy, deceased, demonic, dumb undesirables. 
The Irish, Italians, Germans, the Asians, and others, all those were once the dirty races. So why is it so difficult to understand how most Latinos, Latinas, turn their backs on the immigration fight? Remember when the Cubans were the dirtiest and most unwanted? It does not matter how anyone came, those looking to give back the hate they or theirs once were given are giving it back to others. Most of the dreamers parents came to the US on work visas, or brought to work the fields, the factories, the kitchens, raise the children of the haters, and when the work was done instead of paying them their employers called la migra. 
I did not come like that and that is why I don't hate.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Arrival in Paris

The flight was great, and it was exciting to be finally in Paris.
John called for the shuttle, and we waited over 40 minutes but that was not the worse of it.  I was disappointed to see graffiti on the highway and traffic was bumper to bumper. It took over four hours to get to our hotel because of traffic and three other couples that the driver had to drop off first because they were on the way.
The hotel, I will never book a hotel in Paris that says quaint hotel *** and a three-star quaint is an old building and one star in the US. Henceforth I will book with known hotels chains but I wanted to get the feel of real Paris.
The good thing about the long ride is that as we got closer to our destination we got to see a lot of the beauty in Paris. Here are some photos of our arrival in Paris.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Quotes for thought

Three quotes I got today on email: 

"The key is not to prioritize what is on the schedule, but to schedule your priorities." -- Stephen Covey, Author and Speaker

"If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability." -- Henry Ford, Founder of the Ford Motor Company

"I pray for the willingness to let go of my arrogant self-criticism,
and to praise God by humbly accepting and caring for myself" 
- Daily Reflections, p. 324

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Our flight to Paris

A few photos of our trip to Paris on Tahiti Air. Had never heard of Tahiti Air before and was leery about the great business class deal I found. The service  included full dinner and breakfast, along with a lot of perks and toiletries, and the seats recline almost into a bed for a comfortable sleep. An excellent flight and very smooth. I sure learned how to book with miles and will share that with those that ask.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Santiago De Compostela, photos of the university

When we visited Santiago De Compostela, the university was closed, so we were not able to go into the building. The university is on top of a hill overlooking the beautiful and historic town of Santiago De Compostela.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Stay well friends, we are having a great adventure in Europa, have lots to share soon. 

Friday, October 03, 2014

Realistic love

I am not perfect so I do not expect perfection from any other person. How can anyone ask for what they cannot give? Sober thinking and living is for all that don't wish to live under the juggernaut of emotional immaturity and instability. Was reminded of this value when I read today's meditation: 
"Emotional Sobriety. 
Those adolescent urges that so many of us have for top approval, perfect security, and perfect romance -- urges quite appropriate to age seventeen -- prove to be an impossible way of life when we are at age forty-seven or fifty-seven. Since AA began, I've taken immense wallops in all of these areas because of my failure to grow up emotionally and spiritually. My God, how painful it is to keep demanding the impossible, and how very painful to discover, finally, that all along we have had the cart before the horse! Then comes the final agony of seeing how awfully wrong we have been, but still finding ourselves unable to get off the emotional merry-go-round." 
- The Language Of The Heart, pp. 236-237
Thought to Ponder . . .Maturity is making peace between what is and what may be.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Have a product idea?

The patent process is not easy, but it is possible to file a Patent Pending for you idea on your own. The fees are reasonable, and instructions are available at the US Patent Office Site, and yes you can even ask questions.
A few years ago I had a suitcase idea and every time we traveled I wished I could use the idea my husband had drawn up on paper. After inquiries to attorneys and get rich quick on your idea sites,  I decided to do it on my own. Asked friends and relatives and found some sites that offered advice, ultimately it came down to us going into the US Patent Office site-not as scary as you might think.
A year ago we did a Patent Pending with the guidance of someone who had done one before and shared expertise without charging us. We did all the work ourselves: typed the idea, made drawings, and explain the product — even gave examples and provided info on how ours differed from existing products. Filed the Provisional Patent, and this year I started to call companies that manufacture similar products and might be interested in our idea, being careful not to give it away.
A year later we have a company that requested documents and is now reviewing our invention but we need to file an extension, because a Patent Pending is only good, for 12 months, so I am back at the US Patent Office site.
It all sounds terribly time-consuming, but not if you take it in steps, and consider using what I called the SCM, swiss-cheese method that I taught at work. Take the project in chunks of tasks and time, and you might end up with a profitable product.
Here are some sites I found interested as I went back into the US Patent site: the AIA Roadshow starting in September-October 2014 Invents Act Your guide to the law

Friday, September 12, 2014

Quote for the day

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success." -- John Mason, Writer 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Soon I will be posting form Europe!

I will not be posting daily as usual; I am busy editing and submitting some writing in addition to preparing for a month in Europe! 
Thanks to the encouragement and support from our kids we will be traveling to Europe in October and returning in November. I will have iPad and iPhone and intend to write about our travels. Some places we will visit we didn't even know existed until writing VIRGINS took us there. 
VIRGINS is an Urban Fantasy and a bit Paranormal Romance. Here I am proud to post the link to a news release about VIRGINS published by the Wildwood Literary Review, and  encourage you to enjoy the wonderful writers featured in the WLR

Friday, September 05, 2014

Screenwriting freebie with the great Robert McKee

I always say, take the useful and run with it. Today on an email from MovieBytes:  was a competition announcement from ISA, International Screenwriters Association, and at ISA I found a free Q & A teleconference with the great Robert McKee. To get on the free telecast class you must register at the ISA site:  I registered and was not asked to pay anything. The class with McKee is September 13th:

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Embracing the new

"All life is a chance. So take it! The person who goes furthest is the one who is willing to do and dare."  -- Dale Carnegie, motivational expert.
This quote was posted today by Brian Tracy, on Quote of The Day

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Make your glob a blog.

"Ok don't panic, just keep reading and maybe print a few things, Rome was not built in a day and  your blog mighty be a glob of words now but it might have the potential to serve you and others, so go forward and onward. Remember you learn by sharing and get by giving." This is what I told myself while reading this post on Jeff Bullas' site.

Is grief kicking you subconsciously?

Had some grief counseling and it helped me so I am willing to try this grief webinar and hope it's not just a pocket-picker.
To register to attend the webinar (it's online)  Click Here to access the registration form. "As always, Tributes Grief Recovery Webinars are free."

Unresolved Grief is Cumulative and Cumulatively Negative – Learn to resolve your grief.

Thu, Sep 4th, 2014 at 7:00 pm EDT

Quick and fun tips for selling your book

Promoting your book is a great way to meet people! If not published yet, rethinks self publishing. Learn to love getting your book out-there!