Sunday, June 27, 2010

How To Write A 400-Word Article For Ezine In An Hour

How To Write a 400 Word-Article for Ezine in an Hour

You can write anything quickly if you have the facts. Sometimes, it’s not only a hundred words, but more, in an hour. If you’re an expert in the field you will write about, you can make lots of books (of course, with patience).

Now, I am writing for more than a year at Ezine This opportunity truly helped me in my writing endeavor (Thank God!). Ezine is a community of experts in several fields sharing their knowledge online. The writer, the reader, and Ezine : all benefits in sharing the materials written for global literacy.

I. How to write it quickly:

1. Know your expertise.
2. Gather data and examples.
3. Make an outline.
4. Make a title.
5. At least, make a striking beginning sentence.
6. Develop the ideas. Make paragraphs by narrating, comparing, or giving examples.
7. Make an ending sentence.
8. Check your work for errors and rewrite.
9. Submit to Ezine articles online.

II. The Professional Approach:

Before writing the article, the writer has to know his purpose in writing. The choice of idea is very important. The idea must be fresh and saleable.

Is your opening appealing?
Is your main idea interesting?
Is the ending challenging or invoking?

III.Consider the following:

1. Facts must be accurate. Remember the golden rule in article writing: “When in doubt, leave it out!”
2. Write in simple words for clarity. The ordinary reader wants sound information, and nothing dull.
3. Be objective but creative.
4. Answer the question words: what, where, how, when, and who, among others.

IV. Examine your own daily routine. Your experience of life might be different from that of another person in the same path. Everyone has his own unique experience and knowledge to share. Each has got an interesting hobby. What you have learned or thought in wrestling with problems may influence readers who have similar problems. Bear in mind, man is a social being.

Your work and interests will influence you in the subjects you will write. If you are a professional, you can always share information, interesting facts, or the basics to the layman and/or ordinary reader, those they could not learn from another source.

The scope for specialization or expertise is a large array of topics/subjects: from A-Z, Astronomy, Cooking, Health, History, Life, Law, Pets, Social Problems, Travel, and Yachting. Find your topic, your expertise, and write your 400 word-article now!

Rose flores martinez
ezine articles

Gifts Guys Would Like to Have

Four Gifts Every Guy Would Love

Guys are said to be powerful creatures. What would they want as a gift, maybe for valentine or on special occasions?

They would want a lot and more, because guys are never satisfied even if they almost have everything. Of course, no one can deny an ATM card and kisses. Right?

Well, some would want a tie, a cellphone, a laptop, a new shirt, a trainer, a new wallet, an expensive watch or perfume, or their favorite food. If you are rich, maybe a car or a prestigious position. Fiction says, “Guys have alien hormones.” So what do they really like aside from sex, estate, and power?

Let us quantify the love word as a gift for them. No more, no less, it’s intangible and could not give any physical or material satisfaction.

Here’s the acrostic I invented, I thought guys would ponder on these as gifts: L for love, O for obedience, V for vow, and E for eating.

Love. So a girl/ anyone can give him love in a marriage or commitment

Obedience. This gives guys power and pride

Vow. A vow or a promise that one is his alone

Eating. A gift of food and cooking to the male

Guys would shrug their shoulders. I couldn’t tell how guys would rate these gifts, but that is their preference. Sometimes, we need to explore alien minds, sorry.

Saint Mary Magdalene’s offering to Jesus was her tears, sorrow, and repentant heart. She wiped the feet of Jesus with her hair and rubbed it with perfume. It was her great love and a sincere heart that moved Jesus with pity.

A wife gives her virginity to her husband as a gift. Daughters give pride to their fathers with their career and accomplishment. A mother supports her sons, and sisters give cooking and understanding to their brothers as gifts. Yin and Yang.

I asked Koji San, one of my Japanese students, about what he wants to receive as a gift from others?

“Just what do you really want?”

“If I would be given a gift, I can wish for a shirt, like that stuff. I prefer common gifts. I value anything given.”

“What else?”

“And a candle!” (I have never expected he’d say that.)

“I thought I would be asked to pray, and my friend/s can also pray for me.”

I smiled. Truly guys have alien minds, but their honesty and simplicity can make women adore them.

Rose Flores - Martinez

IKEBANA: Sensitivity and Tranquility of Flower Art

IKEBANA: Sensitivity and Tranquility of Flower Art

Japanese are known for their sensitivity and love for nature. Ikebana is Japanese art in flower arrangement that shows the relationship of sky, earth, and man. Centuries ago, the first students and teachers of Ikebana were monks. Solitude is necessary during the process of arranging the flowers. Tranquility of the heart is attained after the finished project.

Let us learn how Norie (Tanabe), a Japanese professional describes Ikebana.

Question: What is Ikebana?

Norie: Ikebana is one of the Japanese’ traditional lessons, especially for women. In the usual Ikebana, the teacher gives students some flowers and the students decorate by themselves on the flower plate called "Kaki.”

We decide a chosen flower and decorate it by free emotion and feeling. That is why the quality of finished project /article depends on the sensitivity.

If our mental condition couldn't settle down, the quality of article would not be complete.
Through a lot of lesson and convention, we can get the license according to our level.

Question: When did you begin to learn Ikebana?

Norie: My mother and her sister (they are a twin) have taken Ikebana lesson since their childhood days.

One day I was brought to their Ikebana class and the teacher gave me some flowers. She recommended me to try it for pleasure.

After I completed it, everyone was amazed in the quality (It's true not in all modesty!) of my work, even though I have never taken the lesson.

So the teacher recommended me to begin Ikebana. I was glad to hear that because everyone praised me!

It is the reason why I began Ikebana.

Question: What are the other famous flower art in Japan?

Norie: Flower arrangements are famous in Japan. And also, dry flower arrangement is popular.

We enjoy the beauty of flower imitations and enjoy dry flower. It lasts longer than Ikebana because in Ikebana real flowers are used.

But though some people say imitation, dry, and unreal flowers are reasonable, one cannot completely enjoy real beauty and feel the importance of a real flower.

Also, real flowers give us clean air and fresh feeling!

Question: Did you enjoy learning Ikebana? Why?

Norie: This question is a bit difficult question for me. Of course, I could enjoy Ikebana. But sometimes, some flowers are difficult to use. It is easier to use the flower with a center, like the sunflower.

It is important to make a good center. Following the center, the next ones can be decorated easily. When I can find the center flower, I can have a lot of images. I enjoy it very much. To feel and express my idea is interesting!

Question: How about other Japanese, do they value Ikebana?

Norie: Some Japanese don’t try the Ikebana. Some say it was the custom for rich people a long time ago.

That's why most Japanese value Ikebana but hesitate to try it. I bet their images for Ikebana should be changed once they try. It is not so difficult and there is no textbook. All you need to do is use your sensitivity.

Question: Compare Ikebana to the other Japanese way of life/tradition

Norie: “Sado” is one tradition in Japan. It is to make Japanese tea (green tea) and enjoy it with some Japanese cake on “Tatami.”

Both customs need a stable mental condition.

I think Judo and Karate of the Japanese are also special, among others.

Thank you Norie for sharing to us about Ikebana!

Texts by
Rose Flores – Martinez
Norie Tanabe

How Online Classes Work

How Online Classes Work

An Online Class is a class using the internet. It can be any tutorial class, a conversation class, or an ESL class, among others.

Usually, those who get online classes are students and/or professionals who can’t find a convenient schedule and /or are saving on travel time due to other important concerns like other work schedules.

How does this work?

There are accredited schools and qualified and experienced freelance teachers offering their services online. In some cases, referrals are necessary for the payment and the quality of expertise the teacher can deliver.

In a Basic Grammar class for example, an online class is supposed to have what a regular class can offer. If the teacher has taught a Basic Grammar class for years, of course, he/she knows exactly what to give the students. If the teacher has taught English in a Language Center, then the teacher with his/her years of teaching experience can teach the language online. Materials must be updated. Reading texts must be fresh, original, or coming from various sources offered for the necessary levels.

Special certificates can be given as a proof, or as required. The teacher must be equipped with ongoing seminars, workshops, tools, and/or practicing a profession related to what he/she is teaching.

Presently, a couple of English Conversation classes are considered online together with the blast of high technology. The “World Wide Web (www)” in its mission - helping in global literacy, serves an important role in educating and communicating around the world, creating global communities for progress.

Online classes are held an hour or an hour and 30 minutes. It is like going to an ordinary school three or four times a week. The classes can be held for a month or several months, even years, for practice and preparation for professional examinations and/ or as the need of student/professional requires.

An Experience: Doing an online class is rewarding for a teacher like me. I don’t have to leave the house, and with the help of my sister Juvy /friends (also a teacher/professionals) in Japan and other countries, I can do classes with foreign students and professionals, in different parts of the world, us all, learning and sharing together.

Creativity of teachers and students are required in online classes. But then, the sense of learning, profundity of ideas, and retention are necessary for future requirements. Online classes can come together studying travel, places, events, culture, attitudes, ethics, and those topics communities can share; despite oceans that divide them, despite limitations of time and space.

Rosalinda Flores – Martinez
June 27, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


June 24, 2010

Respect for the Dead

“Unto thy hands O Lord, we commend our spirit.” I patterned this prayer to Jesus’ seven last words on the cross which is “Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit.”

These words impart trusting a promise. These words assure that a Father is waiting in all channels of a journey. Here is believing in someone named “God and Creator.”

Death is a solemn passing when each one has to say “Goodbye, until we meet again...” That is if we believe, there is a Father we could run to and be home with forever.

If someone will die, he needs a sacrament and/or prayers preparing him to meet his God.

During the wake, a reunion of relatives and close friends come very solemn. Tears of joy and sadness blend in the atmosphere of acceptance and unselfish giving of the self to each other and the bereaved family.

Here is a story.

When my mother died this May 2010, I witnessed how everyone tried to help.

I saw in this brief special moments how her siblings, in their precedential years beheld each other. From different parts of the globe, for seven days, they came in as one family again, in one small funeral parlor, taking naps while sitting down, and cleaning up in one small comfort room. For one week, they forgot they had their own families, work, and other concerns just to attend to their dead sister. For one week, they left what they had built in life - and simply became one and ate with each other again. Coming from one small town with their cousins and friends, in that one house of prayer for the dead, they breathed meaning to life.

But then, something happened. Some people around the block tried to borrow and pull out the water dispenser from the funeral parlor. Of course, people in the parlor were strangers from different places (town, countries), how can they say no?

I found myself in rage, because I knew that water was essential. A person can fast, but not thirst. Even Jesus uttered: “I am thirsty.” My point was, give some respect to the dead person and his/her bereaved family and/or tribe. Death happens, but the occasion of death must be solemn and kind. This point in life is sacred and you don’t mess up with something sacred. Death is sacred because it is a turning point. And perhaps everyone, even passers-by are blessed when they make reverence to a ritual.

Some senior citizens said, “Why are you so bitter? We never expected you’re like that.”

I said, “Because it’s a shame that you’re professionals and you’re acting as if you are uneducated people.”

“Okay, we will return the water dispenser now.”

“No, I won’t be needing it anymore.”

“Why, would you buy?”

I answered, “I don’t have money to buy that, that is why I am borrowing. I have made a request with Our Lady of Beautiful Love Parish that the water dispenser will be necessary for the wake.”

Later, my uncle and aunts told me, “Hey, have patience with them. You will also be a senior citizen!”

My siblings and relatives just laughed it out; but as for me, it was something people of all ages just have to learn: Respect, respect for the dead, his/her family and all his tribe.

Rose Flores - Martinez
roseprayers blogs

Monday, June 21, 2010

How To Write Essays on a Deadline

June 22, 2010

How To Write Essays Quickly On A Deadline

Essays are supposed to give enough information and featured facts. They’re supposed to tell the truth with coherence without deleting a logical and unique form.

If you are commissioned to write an essay and/or article or a story for a publication, you have to be serious at this matter. Editors wouldn’t like writers who cannot submit on a deadline. They abhor irresponsible writers who are just for a show and making promises, but not submitting on time.

In the Philippines, I have worked with respectable editors like Melba Bartolome of Women’s, Dinah Ventura of Tribune, Nancy Reyes – Lumen of Cook, Reynaldo Duque of Liwayway, Danilo Meneses of Dandelion, Mona Gonzalez, Ricky Lo of Philippine Star, Eugene Asis of Peoples, Leoncio Castillo of Buy and Sell, Dave Frias of Wealthline International, and June Ranera of Rogate Ergo, among others; and I thank them all (forever and ever), for teaching me the guidelines of good writing.

It was not easy. It required a lot of patience to write something the editor will publish conforming to the needs of the paper, magazine, or book.

How to Write the Essays Quickly

The writer needs facts. Primary and secondary data can be used for more details. If necessary, a first-hand interview and witnessing of an event would help. The more details one gets, the better. Moreover, the writer has to be sharp to identify what details to include and what to omit. It is not just getting something to write. There must be some insight and/or added knowledge from the new work.

Write clear sentences. Remember the KISS theory of composition (Keep it simple, stupid.)

Organize data as to theme of the paper or magazine, or audience.

You’ve got to put your soul and heart into your work.

Be ready to rewrite.

A Stock of Subject Matter

The essay/article writer needs a stock of subject matter. In short, he/she has to be well-read. His/Her senses must be keen and free about the facts of life. Francis Bacon once said, that he took mankind as his field of study; Montaigne and Whitman made use of their lives as the subject of their work. Authenticity and freshness are markers of a good essay.

Theodore Cheney said that an effective essay/article writer needs the skill of the storyteller and the research ability of the reporter.

The finest essays writers in the Philippines are Nick Joaquin, Gregorio Brilliantes, Gilda-Cordero Fernando, Edith Tiempo, Marjorie Evasco- Pernia, Cristina Pantoja – Hidalgo, Doreen Fernandez, Isagani Cruz, Albert Casuga, Eric Gamalinda, Butch Dalisay, Randy David, and Conrado de Quiros ( more) among others.

Rose Flores – Martinez,

Helping Educators Help nThe Youth

Around the world nations have various intellectual capital inherited from ancestors of different cultures and religion. Every education curriculum stresses English, Science, Math, History, Social Studies, and each a National Language subject, as investment on character and love for country and people.

From time to time, nations need to help educators help the youth, as an essential to an educated society. Each strives to be one with global literacy where each person can share and learn with equal opportunities for progress.

Surveys tell us these guidelines:

Public and private communities have to work together. The government has to implement strengthening of teachers that could be role models to the youth/students. School buildings have to be given priorities for improvement, as do quality workshops and even out-of-school programs must reach out to the poor and their parents.

Schools are hoping to produce graduates of the public school system who have the skills and values to contribute productively and honorably to society. In many schools the curriculum is simplified, going back to the basics of reading, writing, math, and values formation. Also, the expansion of information technology in schools must be considered to equip the students with the skills required to participate in the information society (new technology/computers).

Aside from the family, schools hold the formation of successful men and women. Insight, self-awareness, understanding others, and choice of vocations depend on good mentors.

Playwriting professor Tony Perez says, “The moment I step in a classroom, I hold responsibility for my students.”

Aida Perez writes, “The teacher can never tell where her influence stops.”

“In the same way knowledge is essentially beautiful. It can be shared and yet still remain with you,” said the late Senator Raul Roco ( an advocate for educating the poor).

The capacity to give inspiration to the youth/students is a defining quality of a teacher. His main goal is to teach students not just academic knowledge but also values obtained while working for an ambition. However, educators cannot do this alone. Parents, churches, government, communities (public/private) have to work hand-in-hand to mould the students to become responsible and better persons.

A Teachers Prayer


Help me to care for my students just like a good parent or friend

Help me to show that learning is fun and responsible

Make me a good example to inspire their dreams

Make me strong in faith, so I could teach them strength

Most of all, let me show them love and kindness

That they may learn of wisdom

As they become bright lights in the road they walk./roseprayers blogs,2010

Rose Flores - Martinez
roseprayers blogs

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Article Writing Process

June 16, 2010

The Article Writing Process

Article writing is flooding online.

Whereas before, article writing could only be learned in schools and work places; and articles could only be read in books, newspapers, and magazines, among others.

Just anyone can learn how to write an article by trying to talk about a subject and/or a topic. Of course, facts must be gathered first from different sources like interviews, surveys, and research.

It is impossible to write something that you do not know and you aren’t interested about. If so, your articles will not be interesting because readers need a lot of meat and materials to be entertained or to learn something about.

Articles are written differently for specific audiences and specific purposes. You have to know what you are writing, and who you are writing for. What is your goal? Or are you just trying to please your readers? No, you cannot please readers; but you can always offer your ideas. It’s like offering a product for sale. It’s like offering a resume for a job. It’s like putting up a show that may help readers in some way, maybe make them laugh or cry, or sympathize or think, or just share.

After the facts have been gathered, you need to make an outline or a draft. Develop your article topic supported by the facts as your evidence. Make striking beginning and ending paragraphs. In the middle paragraphs: you can group or order facts, narrate, define, exemplify, or compare. Relate your article to popular culture, history, another literary work, news update, a teaching experience, a study, or an inspiration. You can use a bit of quotations from different experts, writers and books with regard to your theme.

Try this:

Write about people. People are a favorite topic to write about. These include character sketches, autobiographies and biographies, among others, about the different roles people play in life. One writer says, “Say nothing but the good of the dead.”

Write about places. Every place in the world has its unique smell. The smell describes culture, people, and time. Take for example nature or war aftermath. Also, the life of Thoreau in his solitude, Afred Kazin’s mother in the kitchen, and Iran during a war are themes describing places.

Write about events. Events are the special and ordinary celebrations of life. In world history, each country celebrates occasions of New Year, Christmas, and special holidays. Readers are interested at these features.

What happens, how it happens, who does it, where it takes place are details and unique ideas that compose the article writing process.

The article writing process explores, like loving your subject seriously. After the writing process you will feel well and complete. Finally, you have to edit/check and revise.

Rosalinda Flores - Martinez
ezine articles

Surviving as a Freelance Writer

Surviving as a Freelance Writer

“You are a writer?”

“Yes, I am.”


Many people would say, “You’re fantastic!.” But some wouldn’t even dare to be a writer because people would say, “A writer would never get rich, and there is no money in writing, and maybe – some artists would die hungry.”

This might be scary. But the fact that serious writing is extraordinary, the gift of writing must be valued as breath.

Surviving as free lance writer is a challenging job. Yes, you can do any work on the side ( as long as its respectful). In fact, most free lance writers have two or more regular jobs. In many cases, free lance writers are both writers and teachers.

Others also try special writing projects, tutoring, selling, engaging in small businesses (like cooking brownies, etc.), and PR work among others.

The other work will support the free lance writing in situations there is no money yet. As a free lance writer: you’ve got no boss, no permanent work associates, no transportation allowance as compared to staff writers/editors of magazines, newspapers, and/or publishing company. So this is sort of much isolation already, but very independent. Usually, those who write freelance are the writers who have a second job. And those jobs are not the regular 8:00 to 5:00 jobs.

My first check as a free lance writer came from “Women’s Journal Magazine.” I was a housewife then, getting part time/added work while taking care of the kids. Of course, I want some money, but more than these was freeing my thoughts. And from here, I sent articles for various magazines (national and international). I couldn’t have enough time for writing though, yet what made me write was because I didn’t have enough time. As a mother, one has to make priorities. The articles came in as necessary in some aspects of life.

The free lance writer can always author a book, but this needs another step like offering your work to publishers /academe/bookstores, or having a sponsor, or having enough money to print your books.

“ I suffer exquisitely writing these things. It may be truly said that I write with my hearts blood…Many times in writing “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” I thought my health would fail utterly; but I prayed earnestly that God would help me till I got through…

It seems to me so odd and dream-like that so many persons desire to see me, and now I cannot help thinking that they will think, when they do, that God hath chosen the weak things of this world.” Harriet Beecher Stowe

Truly, surviving as a free lance writer/ a writer, requires enough love for the writing work and enough faith that God will be helping the writer’s endeavor.

Rose Flores - Martinez

Humor Gone Awry

Humor Gone Awry: Funny Phrases for Parting Friends

Parting involves sad, sad stories; yet sometimes saying goodbye comes to be funny after you've realized you over-reacted.

1. “Please don’t leave me.” It ’s begging attention. “Why are you a baby?

2. “I will die without you.” This is manipulation.

3. “Friends forever.” Are we tying a knot? Of course, friends are forever.

4. “You are my all.” I couldn’t be your all. Even spouses and families part for sometime.

5. “You are my life.” I’ve always said this, but in vain. This is super funny!

6. “I will send you a package and lots of letters.” These can be just petty promises. He/She will be very busy; how can one bother to spend and write most of the time.

7. “Be there when you’ll call.” Nope.

8. “I will be missing so much.” You will only miss me for one day.

And more.

Of course parting is so, so sad. But it’s a part of life. One has to adjust to changing situations because nothing is permanent.

From things to the most favorite kiddie pillows, stuffed toys, and gift underwear we can’t just throw away remembrances.

Separation from things, especially from people require enough discipline and faith, that being one is not just having each other physically, but forever in the heart. Even death cannot rule the separation.

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” was our graduation song way back in high school. I remember I cried a lot singing this song during graduation day, because this was the time I was bonded too much with my classmates and best of friends. Some of them, I grew up with, even in grade school (time when we kicked, run, fought, ate, and grew up together without malice). These were happy times with friends. And so parting came difficult for some of us.

But then, as I look back, I come laughing seeing over an inverted telescope: everything clear and tiny, but faraway. Laughing and thinking of them, give a missing episode of their cute faces. When we learn, play, and grow up together, these are trophies we’re earning and winning.

A time to be together for some time and quite a time are precious times of life. No amount of money can buy togetherness. And no amount of money can separate genuine friendship. Quality time in togetherness is better than time quantity. Humor gone awry? There is time for everything.

I will miss you.

Rose Flores - Martinez

Restaurant Review: "I'm Not Okay"

What to do if you had to write a bad restaurant review?

Say "I'm not okay!"

One will really not be okay, especially if it's about love, next one is about food. Writers who write restaurant and food reviews can attest to this.

Usually food writers promote healthful products and restaurants that serve heavenly food.
Most writers are fond of food. I had been a contributing writer for Cook and food magazines so my mouth is supposed to showcase the different taste buds.

"You have to say the truth. You always have to tell the truth so the food recipe and restaurant could improve it," food experts assent. "Tastes buds have different preferences, and your visit is also due of good service and cleanliness around."

Restaurant reviews have no exact form. It states restaurant features, name, location (map/how to get there), food price, meal discounts, estimated costs per person, and the various menu. Appetizers to desserts, beverages, and dishes are enumerated to please customers and inform the public.

Restaurant ambiance is also discussed. Is it fine dining? A buffet? Is it a fast food setting? Pictures and posters are distributed for the presentation of food.

An overview of the restaurant's food specialty is given a highlight with commendations from famous people, specific consumers, and cooking experts.

A commentary (positive or negative), an essay of appreciation, and a culinary climax in any form are given a press release.

Sometimes a simple recipe of the menu and its ingredients are given away. Health benefits derived from the food are analyzed by nutritionists.

During my first restaurant review of a Japanese Restaurant in Makati (Thank's to Cook Magazine); I was really ashamed because I didn't know how to use the chopsticks. All the press people were using the chopsticks, and I was the only one who asked for a spoon and fork. But it was cool because "I have learned to managed and asked for a fork." From then on, I practiced using the chopsticks.

I thank Cook Magazine for this. "The restaurant was exquisitely marvelous and sushi was fresh. Everyone loved the menu and it came one at a time served by waiters."

Truly, personal reactions of both the food and restaurant are solicited by consumers as it becomes part of popular culture.

Overtones of sad and happy experiences give authenticity of restaurant reviews. Detailed analysis of specific outstanding dishes - good and dismal are helpful for the different food groups that will patronize such food and restaurants.

"I'm not okay" is okay for food and restaurant reviews.

Rose Flores - Martinez

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I Shall Write June 16, 2010


Today is Thursday, June 16, 2010

Updates on Life

1. It's a sunny day.

2. It's always a work day.

3. Prayer is very important everyday. It is the only thing we have all got in difficult times. It makes us one with GOD, with our loved ones and everybody. It is the "lingua franca" (interlanguage) of all our hearts. It washes away our sins and helps us with good intentions.

4. Genuine inspirations are from the people we meet (family,friends, community, school, office, online, streets, etc.)everyday. The persons we meet can be angels to us.

5. Prudence and/or discipline require/s sacrifice and love.

6. The living and the dead both pray to one Father GOD.

7. Littl (e good things come up to be great things, they help in accomplishing great goals.

8. The world needs people who can help each other in different ways, without being recognized, because it is work and service and love.

9. Respect and honesty are important virtues. As children learn them, adults have to live/practice them.

10. If GOD is on our side (Psalms), we will know what to do, without being selfish and mean. We will teach people kindness, discipline and mercy. Everyone will be needing the guidance of the Holy Spirit for wisdom and power.

Good morning everyone.

Have a wonderful day!

rose flores martinez
ishallwrite, 6.16.2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Karol Wojtyla: Love is Faceless

Pope Benedict XVI said, “ Thank you for your sharing and the witness of your faith.” This gave peace on a deathbed.


Karol Wojtyla: Love is Faceless

“Love is faceless,” this teaching makes me remember Karol Wojtyla. Karol Wojtyla is Pope John Paul II.

During his visit to the Philippines, I was one to witness the power of the Pope gathering people peacefully. I was the enthusiastic PR writer trying to get an experience of an event, something to gossip about celebrations. But this idea didn’t make sense. What I saw was a huge crowd without any panic and “no pushing.” The crowd was totally calm and disciplined. I supposed it was really “Tell the world of His love, of God’s love.”

That was 1995, during the World Youth Day in the Philippines. Then in the year 2000, at the Manila Cathedral was the “Blessing of the Door” and some relics of St. Therese; the Pope came back.

What was it with Pope John Paul II? Of course, like the other Popes: they are the messengers of God to the world, like angels. This will be easy for everybody to understand as everybody embeds an innocent heart when in front of faith. The Holy Spirit shows the way of light to all the questions that can be raised.

At the bookstore, in another encounter, I got one of the Pope’s book “Easter Vigil and Other Poems.” This book gave another sort of power to me: that thing we can call comfort when in trouble; and in my case, someone was dying.

Recently, I thought I couldn’t understand any book watching someone go. In the hospital, on a Friday night I wrote:

Sacred Heart Day:

I am consoled by this book

of Pope John Paul II

This is my companion for today

Seeing someone waiting for

death is a challenge of

this evening

Time passes, and every

minute and hour of grace

is a gift from God

for purification

and prayer

of the living

of the dead,

Jesus, we trust in You. /Rose5.14.10

Also, on CTV by Vatican Radio, that time there was a TV Mass in Portugal (in Fatima) celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI. I was so happy and I told my mother “We are lucky, to hear a holy mass now. Don’t be afraid, it is Pope Benedict XVI giving the blessings.”

Pope Benedict XVI said, “ Thank you for your sharing and the witness of your faith.” This gave peace on a deathbed.

Truly, miracles happen everyday. Love travels fast, cares for everyone alive and dead. As love is a manifestation of God’s presence, we shall not be afraid.

Rosalinda Flores Martinez
June 3, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 2, 2010/ Blogger Back; Dear Readers/My Friends

Dear Readers/My Friends

I have been out for a funeral

I have many stories to tell

And share

I would love to talk to you

As always

I know you would listen

Let us make life again

And even if we're angry, sometimes

Let us remember

That in anything we share

With love, even how little

Will nest peace in our hearts,

The prayers can come,too

How we live with each other.

rose flores martinez