Thursday, March 18, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Little things we offer Dear GOD

Grace and gifts in life that prod

Thank you Dear Jesus for love everyday

O Sacred Heart, beside us, do stay.

Rose Vocations 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Numbers in our Lives

People are born with a number. They die with a number. The three most important events in the life of a person is marked by a number: birth, death, and marriage and/or single blessedness vow. In these points, no one can choose which number to get. It is a gift. But what we could choose from these three most important events in life is a special number in marriage/anniversary. In marriage, everybody is given a choice. The choice must be of love, and that means it must serve a family or a community.

Also, card has numbers. Lottery has numbers. Age are numbers. There is mathematics and statistics in life and in business. There are stocks and the stock market. No one can get away from the basics of Math: add, divide, multiply, subtract.

“What’s your address?” You have a house number. “What’s your phone number?” And your phone rings, when the numbers are dialed. You have identification numbers and ATM pins. We count.

Let us see what these number words mean:

1. monastery a residence of monks; A monk from “monachus,” is one who is originally retired from the world for religious meditation.

2. binary A binary consists of 2 things in parts.

3. triptych is a picture or carving in three compartments, and can be “ a 3-part picture.”

4. four Four was venerated by the follower of Pythagoras as the first square after one. It has also been considered sacred because of the ancient elements: earth, air, water, and fire. It forms cardinal points; quadra

5. quintessence is “the fifth essence; They also mean the highest essence because in ancient medieval philosophy, there was a thought to be a fifth or higher essence above air, earth, water and fire;

500 or short for 1,500 is used to mean the sixteenth century, especially in art and literature

6. semester every 6 months; the siesta began therefore at noon; an afternoon nap or break from the day’s routine is derived via Spanish and Latin

The phrase “sexta hora” refers to the 6th hour after sunrise.

7. seven seven days a week; a number which had symbolic, mystic character

8. eight Eight is the number of justice; Lucky 8 for Chinese because the writing stroke ends with pen pointing up; an octagon is an eight sided plane figure

9.nine “Cats have nine lives.” November; A novena is a nine day period of devotion.

10. Ten considered a perfect number

Man has ten fingers, ten toes.

A decade is a period of 10 years, or any group of ten

Rose Flores Martinez
Ishallwrite, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

More Poetry Words

Poems like music will forever make the world go round.

Around the world, poets will not stop writing poems and sing their hymns. Poetry is made out of life. According to Eliot and Wordsworth it is something recollected in tranquility.

Here is a sample poem : Ars Poetica by Archibald Machleish

A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globe fruit

As old medallions to the thumb

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone,
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown –

A poem should be wordless
As the light of the birds

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs

Leaving, as the moon releases
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
Memory by memory the mind –

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs

A poem should be equal to:
Not true

For all the history of grief
An empty doorway and a maple leaf

For love
The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea –

A poem should not mean
But be.

II. Check out the following words about poetry:

1. metrical literature A metrical literature is having a regular arrangement of accents.

A= metrical literature
B= imaginative literature

2. prosaic means ordinary, like prose (plain language). It is the language of reason.

“The definition of a good prose is proper words in their proper places.” (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

3. imagination Imagination is a creation of the mind. It is thinking to create or forming pictures in the mind. the imagination of a writer

4. Scrooge Scrooge is any dingy or stingy person. “The…. Old miser in Charles Dickens story “A Christmas Carol.”

5. succor Succor means assistance or any person or thing that relieves (especially British, succor).

6.epic An epic is a long narrative poem which is communal in character (…race), rather than those of individual. The style is marked by dignity and sublimity. The same meter is used throughout, and the theme is the same action of unusual interest.

Here unity is achieved by concentration on the main character

7. sonnet A sonnet can be an Italian or Petrarchan Sonnet with an octave ( 8 lines), a sestet (6 lines).

English or Shakespearean sonnet is divided into 3 quatrains, with a rhyming couplet.

In both types the normal measure is iambic pentameter (14 lines).

8. octave An octave is a group of eight; first eight lines of a sonnet; a group of 8 lines of poetry; in music the series of tones GABCDEFG

9. elegy An elegy is a poem of lamentation. As a rule an elegy is less spontaneous than the true lyric. Like the ode, is often elaborate in style and death is sometimes the sole theme.

10. lyric This can apply to all classes of poetry. Its chief characteristic is its emotional quality or intensity.

Poetic way of the heart: “It follows that since powerful feelings are of brief duration, the lyric as an artistic expression of emotion is short. It has been called the quintessence of momentary mood into words.” (Paul Landis)

Rose Flores Martinez

Working for the World

The world will need people to move it forward. It will need people with selfless motives, and with heroic deeds. In books, we can read that success is working more than you are paid (but beware: employers who abuse the workers). This is going the extra mile.

Ralph Waldo Emerson says “A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best.”

I chose ten people for this article. Imbibe their positive qualities and insights.

1. St. Therese of Lisieux ( 1873 – 1897) is the Patroness of the missions and of all missionaries.

“I will let fall from heaven a shower of roses.”

“My heaven will be spent on earth until the end of the world. I want to spend my time on earth doing good.”

2. Pope John Paul the II Karol Wojtyla

“Love is faceless.”

John Paul the II is the first non-Italian to head the church in five centuries. He is the first Pope from a communist country and the first Pope for officially atheistic Poland.

During the “World Youth Day” the young people and the Pope were together (X World Youth Day) in Manila on January 10-15, 1995.

3. San Lorenzo Ruiz (c.1600 – Sept 29, 1637) The first Filipino saint (of Chinese and Filipino ancestry) was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Manila, and later canonized on October 28, 1987. He is the first person beatified outside Vatican.

San Lorenzo Ruiz proved that sanctity and heroism are there for anybody and the final victory is made to size in each one of us.

4. Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882)

Darwin was the English naturalist and scientist who put forward a revolutionary theory that shook the world.

His book the origin of species, published in 1859, set forth his theory of evolution which he had begun developing after study the animal of Galapagos Islands.

5. Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939)

Sigmund Freud holds an important place in the history of psychology. He founded the technique of psycho-analysis and developed the theory of the unconscious mind: the id, the ego, and the super-ego.

6.Hannibal (247 – 183 BC) was the great Carthaginian soldier who fought the Romans with inventive genius. He is remembered for his unique exploit of taking elephants across the Alps into Italy.

7.Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1910) was a dedicated nurse and hospital reformer. As a nurse, she made a study of hospital management, and in spite of fierce opposition she organized a staff of nurses to alleviate the terrible conditions in the military hospital during the war.

She is known as the “Lady of the Lamp.”

8. St. Peter (? – A.D. 64?) Peter is an apostle of Jesus of Nazareth. After the crucifixion, he set out to preach Christianity but was himself put to death in Rome. The Roman Catholic regard him as the first Pope.

9. Helen Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) She was deaf, dumb and blind, but she spoke to the world.

She was an American author, a political activist, a lecturer, and the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her teacher was Anne Sullivan.

She campaigned for women’s suffrage, workers right, among others. Heller Keller was a good friend of Mark Twain.

10. Teresa of Calcutta (Aug 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997)

In the 1970’s, she was internationally famed as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and the helpless (missionary of charity).

Rosalinda Flores - Martinez

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Grammar/ESL Review

I can still remember my teacher in high school. Her name is Miss Jose. She had further studies in the US until she taught English in the Philippines. I remember her dark glasses, and how very smart she looked. What my classmates and I am now is because she was once part of our happy education. Let me share basic grammar to everyone for review:

1. phonology Phonology is the sounds or the system of sounds into a language.

2. morphology is the shape of words and affixes. It is the branch of grammar that deals with forms of words and/or patterns or words.

3. syntax The syntax are ways words are combined into larger structures including sentences.

4. semantics Semantic means the development of meaning of words.

5.pragmatics Pragmatics is language in a social context. It is a division of semiotics which studies signs, symbols and their uses.

6. discourse A discourse are chunks of language larger than a sentence; It can be a long written or spoken discussion or conversation.

7. pattern A pattern is a model, a speech pattern, a sample design pattern, or an ideal example.

The Basic Sentence Patterns

Pattern 1. Noun - Verb

People pray.

People is the subject. It is a noun.

Pray is the predicate. It is a verb.

Pattern 2.Noun or Pronoun – Verb – Noun

Joseph repaired the roof.

Repaired is a (transitive) verb.

Roof is a noun. It is direct object. The direct object is the receiver of the action.

Pattern 3. Noun – Verb – Noun (Indirect Object) – Noun (Direct Object)

My teacher assigned me poetry.

The same meaning can usually be expressed by a phrase that begins with to or for positioned after the direct object.

My teacher assigned poetry to me.

Pattern 4. Noun – Linking Verb – Noun

4.1 Jenny is a teacher.

Jenny is a noun.

Is the linking verb.

A teacher is a noun. A predicate noun (subjective complement).

Pattern 5. Noun – Linking Verb – Adjective

5.1 She looks beautiful.

She is the pronoun or noun.

Looks is the linking verb. It pertains to the senses.

Beautiful is the predicate adjective.

Pattern 6. Noun – Verb – Noun – Noun

6.1 Yuma named her cat Mimi.

Yuma is the noun

Named is the predicate

His cat is the direct object

Mimi is an objective complement

Pattern 7. Noun – Verb – Noun – Adjective

7.1 The students thought their task difficult.

Students is a noun.

Thought is the verb

Task is the noun

The objective complement is difficult. It is an adjective.

Remember the noun phrase is the subject in the sentence. The subject can be a noun or pronoun.

The verb phrase is usually the predicate. It tells something about the subject.

8. sentence A sentence is a group of words expressing a complete thought. It contains a subject and a predicate; in Mathematics it is a group of symbols that completes a requirement/equation.

9. semiotics Semiotics is the study or science of signs and symbols; refer to Scholes.

10. words are texts, spoken or written, communication, put into an explicit expression. Moreover it is a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, reference, vocabulary, lexicon, wordweb and/or Word of God, among others.

Rose Flores Martinez
ishallwrite blogs
rosevoc2 blogs

What's in a Name?

What’s in a name? Your all. Each individual is baptized with a name, and registered with a name in his/her birth certificate. Likewise, your name shows in identifications and death certificate. You can’t get away without a name because it represents who you are, whether it be your aliases or a pseudo.

Oftentimes, names come with meaning and suggests a story with it – the life it decodes. Others use names they call power names. Some writers have their assumed names, as well. Names are precious to each being they represent. In the Bible, it says that God will always remember the chosen ones, and write their names that wouldn’t be erased for all eternity.

In everyday language, names are classified under nouns. Usually, nouns stand as subjects of a sentence. Include this list in your vocabulary:

1. Nouns are names. Names are nouns. Nouns are names of persons, places, and things. They are qualities, ideas and activities. The nouns are usually the subjects in sentences. Subclasses of nouns: concrete, abstract, proper, common, collective, count, noncount

2. Concrete Look around you. What can you see? What can you hold?
These are the examples of concrete nouns :chairs computer watch paper

3. Abstract Think of ideas and qualities. Abstract nouns also include many gerunds.
Courage, writing, respect are examples.

4. Proper nouns Proper nouns are specific names of persons (Riza, Wenzi), places (Philippines), and things (Mitsubishi pen). Proper nouns must be capitalized.

5. Common Common nouns are general names. Book is an example; it is both a common noun and a concrete noun. Common nouns are not capitalized. Laptop, pen

6. Collective Collective nouns form groups or units: choir, faculty family jury class committee

A collective noun taken as a singular unit will need a singular verb. A collective noun taken as individual members of a group will get a plural verb.

7. Noncount nouns

Noncount nouns are also referred to as mass nouns. Use less as a modifier of a noncount noun.

8. Count We use fewer as a modifier of a count noun. 1-10…

9. grammar a set of prescriptive rules often associated with writing. Writing is a learned activity. A cultural artifact, edited English; grammar rules

10. language power or articulate language, a system of words used in a particular discipline, the spoken or written human speech

What is your name? Does your name carry a special meaning with it? What would you want your power name to be? Remember how special you are! Rose flores martinez, 2010

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Twinkle Star/Constellations

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Stars are among the most beautiful of God’s creations. They’re a huge ball of hot gases and contains a great deal of hydrogen. All elements in a star are in gaseous state. The sun is a star, and it is an average-sized star.

Everyone loves the stars, especially the kids. These stars make up wonderful stories and myths. One cannot just stop wondering about the stars, and dream on it.

Try this song to make your day happy:

“Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.”

The tune of this song is almost like the ABC tune (English alphabet song).

II. Constellations

1. constellation A constellation is a group of stars having a geometric shapes within a definite regions of the sky. Constellations are often names after mythological figures.

2. milky way A milky way is a galaxy, a slowly rotating mass of stars, dust and gas. It is 100,000 light years across ( a light year is the distance traveled by light in one year - 9.46 million million km. (5.88 million million miles). The sun belongs to this galaxy with some 100,000 other stars.

3. Arcturus is a very bright star in the northern sky

Its constellation is a Herdsman with a magnitude of -0.06.

4. Alpha Centauri is a star system consisting of three stars, but appearing to the naked eye as a single star of a minus magnitude in the constellation of Centaurus.

Its constellation is Centuar with a magnitude of -0.27.

5. Apha Crucis is the brightest star in the Southern Cross (Crux) and one of the twenty brightest stars in the heavens.

6. Canopus is the second brightest star in the sky in the southern constellation Argo.

Its constellation is The Ship with a magnitude of -0.73.

7.Procyon Little Dog 0.37

A star of the first magnitude in the constellation Canis Minor.

8. Rigel is a star of the first magnitude in the left foot of Orion.

(Orion 0.15)

9. Sirius is the brightest (fixed) star in the sky in the constellation of

Canis Major. Great Dog -1.43

10. Vega Lyre 0.04

A bluish-white star, the brightest star in the constellation Lyra and in the summer sky


There’s a myth that says “ If there’s a falling star, and you make a wish, it will come true.” And as a tune sings, “When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are; When you wish upon a star your dreams come true.”

Rose Flores Martinez
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010



A Miracle in Ecclesiastes

March 4, 2010

A Miracle in Ecclesiastes

A miracle is something ordinary and extraordinary, but special. It is something fascinating, honest, and supernatural. Take St. Therese little miracles of Jesus. And take the Father GOD’s miracle of Jesus on the cross for His love to humanity.

Stories about magic, myth and wonders are around. But miracles are something different. They can’t compare to any human standard or explanation. So be it. Everyday, the life we have is an evidence of miracles. And as we were born, we would live, then later we would die, too.

Heed Ecclesiastes 3:1-; There Is a Time for Everything

There is a right time for everything.
Everything on earth has its special season.
There is a time to be born and a time to die.
There is a time to plant and a time to pull up plants.
There is a time to kill and to heal.
There is a time to destroy and a time to build.
There is a time to cry and a time to laugh.
There is a time to be sad and a time to dance.
There is a time to throw away stones and a time to gather them.
There is a time to hug and a time not to hug.
There is a time to look for something and a time to stop looking for it.
There is a time to keep things and a time to throw away things.
There is a time to tear apart and a time to sew together.
There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.
There is a time to love and a time to hate.
There is a time for war and a time for peace.

Soon, it is the Holy Week. For Catholics, and those who believe in Jesus Christ, this is a significant event. Copious time with the Lord is being observed, and doing some kind of penance for the love of Jesus that only GOD knows. These that are called fasting and penance, please GOD. However, don’t feel helpless in fasting, but let others see how being strong for God, becomes a cause and a light to the world.

“The Passion of Christ,” a Mel Gibson film, is a classic educational movie about the sufferings of Christ. Some critics and other orthodox believers say that the film is morbid. On the contrary, some say it is a work of the film/ a form of art. This film tells the story of the last 12 hours of Jesus, on the day of His crucifixion in Jerusalem. The script comes from New Testament books, and from the diaries of St. Anne.

Moreover, processions, passion plays and holy hours are celebrated in several places this Holy Week. Even drama’s like “Jesus Christ Superstar” goes onstage.

Come Easter, the Resurrection Sunday marks a joyful gathering in the church of families, friends, and communities. Easter egg hunting and bunnies are prepared for the children. Don’t you think these are already miracles for all? Check out with life, and discover how others were blessed of your life and yours of others. There is a right time for everything.

Rose Flores – Martinez, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

In Many Moons

In Many Moons

Soon, I will die for my love

and he will die for me

When our cups will be one

the earth will tremble

the mountains will crack

and the sea will divide

My dearest will embrace me

in the nest of the battlefield

and I will kiss the hilt of his

sword that will pierce the dragon

My dearest will chain Medusa

and bury the serpents head

I will let my knight ride on

my back and we will fly

and slash with lightning

any creature that goes

between our love

We shall never separate,

until death meridians will

hold us together from pole

to pole our stars, an

army to guard our nook

The wind a shield to cover

us from the foe and the

moon our bed of conception

will hide itself in red blaze

We will make love in

many moons, in 360

days we’ll sup bliss, sire an

offspring in Indian summer

They will till the soil

dig the sea, a harvest

so great, deities will agree

Me and my love, an

army of constellations

will never separate

Until in GOD’s hand,

In a deep peaceful slumber,

He will lock us in His chest.

rose flores martinez, 3.2.2010

Alvarez on Sylvia Plath

Alvarez on Sylvia Plath

She was a valued poet. During poetry classes held in numerous academias and workshops, there was always something special about her work. Poetry students kept thinking about her life, and the readers curiosity got aroused. And I, like the other writers and readers came always peeping on her poetry and the life that wrote that poetry. She was married in 1956 to Ted Hughes, who was also a notable poet. The critic A. Alvarez wrote in his personal essay that maybe this was why she and her husband had temporarily parted, it was a question not of differences but of intolerable similarities.

From time to time, upon reading the personal essay of Alvarez about Sylvia Plath, there was a certain part of her life that was quite similar to ordinary mothers who worked for a living, took care of babies, and did domestic chores. No doubt, the plainness of Sylvia’s life, was as ordinary as anyone’s, but intolerably complicated because of the imaginary thoughts of her being a prolific and serious writer. She deemed a surrendering responsibility in writing, even in the dead hours (between night and day), despite everything that blocked her way. She always thought deeply and was in constant association with her muses, facing her private horrors, involving deeply with her writing prompts.

In the course of her life, she attempted suicide many times and had been spared, on some occasions, because of what she believed to be miracles. In one of her poems, She even said that she had nine lives, like that of a cat. She had survived deaths, she sardonically felt herself was fated to undergo once very decade. This made her wrote freely, experimenting with death. According to Alvarez when Sylvia read her poems “She was always hot and full of venom.”

Sylvia Plath gave the readers a poetry of wonders. And of course, empathy and praise for her courage which no human science could explain. Even her doctors tried to help her.

“The passion for destruction is also a creative passion,” said Michael Bakunin. The playwright and professor Tony Perez said that in Creative Arts there are Thanatos loving people. In Mythology, Thanatos is the Greek personification of death.

Check this out:

“I have once done it again.
One year in every ten
I manage it –

A sort of walking miracle…
I am only thirty.
And like the cat, I have nine times to die.

This is Number Three…

Sylvia Plath

A Alvarez is an English poet and critic. He wrote the essay “Sylvia Plath: A Memoir.”

Rose Flores Martinez

A Book Analysis: Uses of Death

Masters of the world say communities have to be voracious readers for civilization to progress. As I came across this book, “Cities of the Dead,” by Joseph Roach (1941), I thought there was something special about the topic, because we are the living and soon, we would all die. Of course, everyone must savor the life we have because life is a gift from God. Yet, life is a balanced equation. It comes complete with death. Birth is equal to death. That is why Jesus Christ came for us, to give us more, that we may be worthy and happy of the present. The present will be tomorrow. Tomorrow will be the next past. Such is the cycle of time. Death has many uses.

Cities of the Dead showcases murals, cemeteries, burials, festivals, historical monuments, art, and pictures of cities that convey no words but a heritage. Codes, symbols, and issues suggest functions to be deciphered by scholars. The forgotten dead but not gone opens a collective memory for the living.

Moreover, poets sing about death. Writers tell stories about death. Going back James Joyce “The Dead” and a kids tale “The Selfish Giant” spark brilliance of sentimentalism and paranoia about a history that must be restored and a memory that must be redefined.

The light of the dead would not leave the living unfulfilled. The living has to fulfill something for them. The common ceremony of the nine-day prayer connects a process of life and immortality.

The book “An Echo in the Bone” (1974), a play by Jamaica dramatist Dennis Scott, describes the structure of the Nine-Night Ceremony, which through the ritual magic of the Jamaican practice of obeah, welcomes the spirit of a deceased person back into his or her home on the ninth night after death has occurred. Here the playwright shows how the voices of the dead may speak through the bodies of the living.

Chinua Achebe (Things Fall Apart, 1958) shares to readers a story that dramatizes the regularity of an ancestor’s return, not as supernumeraries to the apocalypse but as an annual board of visitors. Here shows that memory circulates and migrates, passing like gossip from location to location as well as from generation to generation through the hands of those who possess it and those whom it possesses.

On the other hand, the rites of Christian burial, inserts a living memory. Catholics celebrate death in codes and observance of holy days, feast days and other ceremonies. These remembrances show the participation of ancestral spirits called “Saints” inspiring the present world.

Rose Flores - Martinez,
I Shall Write, 2010

Fiction Characters: Victor and Vixen

March 1, 2010

Fiction Characters: Victor and Vixen

When talking about characters, everybody gets excited. The characters in the movies, on television, and read in books become part of the audience’ consciousness as heroes, antagonists, and inspirations. Hence, they form significance in the study of arts, literature, and culture.

The books give readers Lord of the Rings (Tolkien), Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling), and the classic Huck Finn in Mark Twain's novel (Huckleberry Finn).

In the cinema, actors and actresses are mostly remembered by the roles they play. Tom Cruise in “Last Samurai,” Jean Claude Vandamme in “Universal Soldier,” Kate Winslet (as Rose) in “Titanic,” and Al Pacino in “The Godfather.”

On television, Japanese animation created “ Doraemon,” Filipino wonder woman is “Darna,” and now, a blast in Korean drama “Queen Seon Duk,” with the antagonists and protagonists like “Mishil, Bidam, and Yushin,” as examples.

Indeed, fiction characters had woven culture for all time.

In any form, writers give life to new beings in the stories they create.

Writing masters say that when one makes a character, it should be flesh and blood like people. In a real sense, the character must be with a resume, though in fiction. This will authenticate his/her existence (how they live): physically and emotionally.

Fiction has standards of creating good characters like plausibility, vitality, and motivation. Truly, the writer goes under the character’s skin, responds to his emotions, sleeps and eats with the character. One can hate and sympathize with the fiction characters. Most of the time, they even become heroes of culture’s thought patterns. That is how important characters make in every story, especially those that people can model. In the end, the character may show some imperfections, as humans do, and valor as heroes do.

People would want characters who survive hard times, those who would educate them, and those who eke out courage from nothing, as in war and love stories. Or they would want someone they can never become in real life, or someone to model their wishes. Except in fairy tales and myths, fiction characters must be real people doing everyday chores.

Study for example Korea’s legendary stories on TV (real and unreal). The characters portray direct and indirect movements that let the audience sympathize with their actions. It is not “deus ex machina” or god in the machine that must prod the story but real creatures in fiction that moves. In today’s popular culture and high technology, “The characters should rock!”

In one of my stories (I have a few fiction stories), I have experienced the fright of one character, in which that character aroused the same deep feelings in me. It was indeed, very difficult, you even have to sleep in fiction. Rose Flores - Martinez 3.1.2010