Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Haiku poems cocktail (The evening)

Black sky full of stars
Give a sensation of peace
Enchanting darkness

Oranges turned red
Dancing colors through the sky
Ending graciously

Bright, majestic light
Guides and protects the night
Shines throughout the sky

Soft, warm evening breeze
Touches the salty waters
Calming the night sky

Round disk in the sky
Turning colors one at a time
Leaving for the day
                        -Tere Rodriguez-Nora

Monday, April 20, 2020

PAUSE... (COVID-19 reflection of life)

Pause, take a peek of all the amazing things around you 
Pause and listen to your heart beating
Pause, don’t let the daily routine consume you
Pause, appreciate a sincere smile
Pause to feel the breeze while walking in the morning 
Pause and stop taking people for granted
Pause to value what others do for you
Pause to dance while enjoying the music 
Pause to pay respect to the ones that make 
a difference every day
Pause, value and admire all the beauty 
we have around us
Pause and be grateful for everything you have
Pause to acknowledge the best in others
Pause so you can miss the good old days 
Pause so you can dream about the future
Pause to understand that there's more 
than being busy
Pause to spend an afternoon with your parents
Pause before you miss your children’s growth 
Pause so you can keep on dreaming 
Pause to let your creativity flow
Pause, hug that special someone
Pause and show your love to others
Pause to take a deep breath
Pause so you can continue living
                                       -Tere Rodriguez-Nora

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Review of the books series: My Furry Foster Family

My Furry Foster Family is a beautiful book series, written by Debbie Michiko Florence, that touches the theme of fostering animals. The series consists of 4 books: Truman the Dog, Buttons the Kitten, Apple, and Annie the Hamster Duo and Betty, the Bearded Dragon. Each book has lovely, simple, and bright illustrations created by Melanie Demmer.

Each book narrates a story about fostering a different type of animal. The stories take place at the Takano home. Dad, mom. Katia (who narrates the stories, and their dog named Ollie are the Takano's family members. Each story tells us how the family gets to adapt to foster each different animal while the animal adapts itself. The stories are full of adventures pointing out the personality of each animal, like Betty that enjoys being pampered or Truman that gets in a lot of trouble, or Buttons, who is a shy cat who wants to feel safe, and finally, the hamster duo, Apple and Annie, who like to play hide and seek.

Focusing on each animal foster care, this series of books approach beautifully concepts like caring, affection, responsibility, teamwork while having fun adventures. This is a great series to help children understand the importance of caring for another living creature as well as being responsible while doing it. It also shows that when you share responsibilities and work together with others, things can be easier and more fun.

Debbie Michiko Florence is the author of this series. She is an award-winning, children's book author who is a former classroom teacher and zoo educator. Besides My Furry Foster Family, the author has 2 other book series: Jasmin Toguchi and Dorothy and Toto. 
Melanie Demmer is the illustrations of this lovely series. She is interested in work that has a positive and memorable impact on children.


* This book series was gifted to review as part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 celebration/event (1/31/20).


Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 (1/31/20) is in its 7th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators. 
Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Random Notes and more: Are you a believer?

Random Notes and more: Are you a believer?: Do you believe tomorrow might be a better day Do you believe in humanity Do you believe there’re more good people than bad ones ...

Monday, December 23, 2019

Christmas time, memories, and me

Christmas time can be a very difficult time of the year for some people. They can get nostalgic; some others miss loved ones and others remember past experiences that could make them sad. I am one of those that get sad. 

Growing up, my holidays were full of joy, sharing, love, family, friends. I had an amazing time. Then those feelings change abruptly during my years of marriage.

Every year when the holidays where approaching, the struggle begins: insults because he didn't want to spend time with the family, not receiving any gift from him, when I was having a good time at a family's gathering, he just wanted to leave, yelling, trying to protect the kids while he decided to ruin our holidays. 

These are some of the things I remember from these holidays and somehow, they are like foggy, blurry. But what I sure don't remember is the good memories. Those are gone. I don't have them anymore. This is what makes me sad because my mind has erased all those memories not letting me hang on, not even to one of them. 

Since I decided to start a new life, seven years ago, I've been trying to create new Christmas time memories. I have had created these with friends and family here in Florida. But those bad memories of the past haven't let me create new memories with my family back home. I cannot go and spend it with them... not yet. Although is difficult for them, they understand and respect my decision.

As I grow older, I have learned to appreciate the simplest things, little things that matter. With these little things come the building of special memories with loved ones; that even though they are not family, they have opened their hearts to me and let me in. With these simplest things. I have also learned that it doesn't matter that you don't receive a gift on Christmas morning or day, but what counts is the loved ones that take time to greet you in their one special way. The little things have also taught me to be grateful and that I am capable to create new memories that I would remember and cherish.

This Christmas time, even though I feel with a little sadness in my heart, there is also hope, gratefulness, and a fresh look towards spending time with loved ones and creating amazing stories together.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas full of love and beautiful memories!

Take care, Tere

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Are you a believer?

Do you believe tomorrow might be a better day
Do you believe in humanity
Do you believe there’re more good people than bad ones
Do you believe a smile 
from a stranger can make your day better
Do you believe in love even when you had a bad experience 
Do you believe in the human spirit 
Do you believe in the kid that struggles today academically 
Do you believe that spending time in nature is a wonderful thing
Do you believe in lazy Sundays at home with your loved one
Do you believe that laughter can be contagious
Do you believe in the awesomeness of a sunset 
Do you believe in the immensity of the black sky full of stars
Do you believe in love at first sight 
       Do you believe that life struggles won't last forever
Do you believe in hope 
         Do you believe hugs are powerful 
      Do you believe a kiss can turn your life upside down             
    Do you believe you are unique
     Do you believe in yourself 

                                             Tere Rodriguez-Nora


Friday, May 3, 2019

Quotes about life and...

Sharing some of the quotes I have written lately.
I'm sure you can relate to some of them.
Hope you'll enjoy them
Take care, Tere