Art, Family, Latino culture, Latino Family Traditions, Writing

The Ortega Adobe – A House of Dreams

A couple of months ago I wrote about Ekphrasic Poetry. There is also such a thing as creating a story from a photograph, or Ekphrasic Prose. This story is based on a painting housed in our county library. The Ortega Adobe is a California landmark that still stands 160 years after it was built.  … Continue reading The Ortega Adobe – A House of Dreams

Art, Creativity, Inspiration, poetry, Poetry Month, Stories, Writing Inspiration

What the Heck is Ekphrastic #Poetry?

    In the spirit of poetry month, I thought I'd make a poem for this week's post. Last year, I celebrated the month with the post Late To The Poetry Party, offering a poem and several links to other poets (who actually submit poems and win honors). Have you ever heard a term that sounded… Continue reading What the Heck is Ekphrastic #Poetry?

Family, Latino culture, Writing, Writing classes, writing tips

How to Time Travel via #Writing Prompt

Summer had its high points, one of them the opportunity to attend writing workshops. One seminar stood out for its time travel back to childhood: “Excavating the Home.” The 10 minute writing prompt: Think about a childhood home and map it from the front door to the back, from the cellar to the attic, wandering in each room: … Continue reading How to Time Travel via #Writing Prompt

Denise Chavez, Love, poetry

Caveat Emptor – Poem

Remember when I began cleaning out and donating books? Well, that's when I found a 2008 journal, lumpy from two 8 x 11 sized papers folded in fourths. I had written my first poem on those papers at a workshop. Denise Chavez, author of Face of An Angel, Loving Pedro Infante, Last of the Menu… Continue reading Caveat Emptor – Poem