Saturday, August 5, 2017

Jewel Rainbow Meditations and the Great American Eclipse, August 21, 2017 at 11:11AM PST

Into light by Maja Trochimczyk

Imagination is a great tool and what you imagine might even come true... Imagine that! Troubled by decades of PTSD and depression, and living alone, I like to imagine myself safe and happy, peaceful, serene, and literally glowing with gladness. I'd like everyone to imagine themselves like that: fearless, free from all darkness, greed, hatred, pain, horror, and anxiety.

In your heart...

let’s conjure up a lovelier, brighter rainbow,
made of jewels, translucent and opaque.
They are you, head to toe, a rainbow you
of strength and insight, presence and delight.

You are a rainbow of endless light
You are a rainbow of boundless love

You are a red ruby of life
You are a pure amber of creation
You are a bright gold of strength
You are a green emerald of affection
You are a blue sapphire of truth
You are a clear amethyst of perception

You are a white diamond of light
You are a bright diamond of light

The jewel rainbow of your body. 
The jewel rainbow of your mind.

Grounded in the earth, 
reaching for the sky, 
dancing among stars.

You are love, you are light.
You are.


(July 30, 2017, Maja Trochimczyk)

the Globe in Pearl Space by Maja Trochimczyk


I made up my own meditations, for waking up, for gardening, for swimming,  to feel safe and protected by light, and to balance the rainbow within me. Here's the starting point, imagining light:


Imagine a Star…


… above your head. Imagine 
a bright shining star 
of white golden light. 
Imagine a sparkling star 
with long brilliant rays  
wrapping your entire body 
in a cocoon of light.

Imagine you are safe 
in this light like a chrysalis, 
waiting to become a butterfly,
like a walnut in its shell 
before it grows into a tree.

Light permeates your body.
Light flows in your veins.
Light shines in your mind.
Light pulsates in your heart.

You are liquid light.

You are light.
You are love.
You are...

(c) 2016  by Maja Trochimczyk, from Into Light (Moonrise Press, 2016)

A Lapis Lazuli Pearl by Maja Trochimczyk
A Lapis Lazuli Pearl

Strangely enough, the colors of my rainbow are brighter in my version than those generally used in the description of the energy wheels in human body, called the "chakras" - an ancient concept, foreign to the Western world due to its systematic eradication by misguided Christians. These colors are of: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, placed along the spine from its base to the crown of the head.  But in my poem - incantation "The Seven Suns," as the hues go up they are arranged in pairs that are related, if my remember my optics classes rightly. Thus, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet become pairs that cancel each other out: red and green, orange and blue, yellow and purple (or, for it is a prettier, lighter shade, violet). And white to top it off, not violet but white, pure brightness.

Mother of Pearl with Treasures by Maja Trochimczyk
A Jewel Rainbow


I love precious and semi-precious stones; I visit the natural history museums around the world to see their collections and admire the sparkling beauty, clarity and intensity of color in these treasures of nature and the jewelers' skill.

A Rainbow Vision


Light ascends from circle to circle.

The first glows like a wine-red ruby 
brimming with the mysteries of life.

The second — amber — attracts, inspires 
with riches of smoothly flowing honey.

The third holds it all together, outlined 
in precious metal, brightly polished gold.

The fourth scatters soft rose petals 
on the hardness of green jade. Together, 
they explode into emerald glow.

You see the fifth, the clearest sky-blue of  
the azure: lapis lazuli streaked with sapphire.

The sixth, an amethyst of infinite beauty —
shines with pure violet light, sight from within.

The seventh — don’t forget the seventh —
is the crown of a thousand petals, 

sparkling with the brightness of 
white diamonds, star crystals of light.


(C) 2016 by Maja Trochimczyk, from Into Light

Too bad, you cannot see white on white, or else the font would be visible in total brightness. Sparkling with the hues of the whole rainbow, it is at the spot of intersection of humanity with infinity, the physical with the spiritual.

An Amber Pyramid of Light by Maja Trochimczyk
An Amber Pyramid of Light


My meditations on the "Seven Suns" is designed as an incantation; to be sung, not said. I published many versions in subsequent drafts of the Into Light book, and this was the reason for the drafts: I kept changing my mind about what precious stones, and what attributes goes with each level of color, with each step of the rainbow. It is what it is now, even though it continues to evolve. For singing I added an introduction and a refrain to keep grounding the singer in the main idea of being a "droplet in the cosmic ocean" and a "point of the sphere of light" - that is a part of a much greater whole, encompassing all that exist, the cosmic Oneness of existence, of everything physical and spiritual at every level possible to imagine, think, or experience....

Eventually, my melody for the Seven Suns will be arranged into real music, sung and recorded by professional artists. In the meantime, here are the words that I came up with. Each "Sun" is both moving and immobile, both dancing and shining from its heart. Each has two precious stones or metals, one opaque, one translucent, minerals and organically made jewels, like coral or pearl.  Each Sun has three attributes that express its essence, from the base, through sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third-eye, and crown... It works miracles for me. Would it also work miracles for you? 

Moonstar by Maja Trochimczyk
Moonstar


The Seven Suns

The bright Sun above me
Its rays all around me
The bright Sun in my mind
The bright Sun in my heart.

I am. I am. I am a droplet in the cosmic ocean.
I am a point in the sphere of light. I am. I am.

The first circle spins. The first sun shines. 
The red circle spins. The red sun shines. 
The coral circle spins. The coral sun shines.
The ruby circle spins. The The ruby sun shines.

Faster - brighter - spinning - shining - Alive!

I am Divine Body - I am Divine Matter - I am Divine Presence

I am a red ruby of life. I am alive.

I am. I am. I am a droplet in the cosmic ocean.
I am a point in the sphere of light. I am. I am.

*      *      *

The second circle spins. The second sun shines. 
The orange circle spins. The orange sun shines. 
The copper circle spins. The copper sun shines.
The amber circle spins. The The amber sun shines.

Faster - brighter - spinning - shining. Aflame! 

I am Divine Spark - I am Divine Flame - I am Divine Intention

I am pure amber of will. I give. I receive.
I am. I am. I am a droplet in the cosmic ocean.
I am a point in the sphere of light. I am. I am.

*      *      *

The third circle spins. The third sun shines. 
The yellow circle spins. The yellow sun shines. 
The gold circle spins. The gold sun shines.
The topaz circle spins. The topaz sun shines.

Faster - brighter - spinning - shining. Ablaze! 

I am Divine Power - I am Divine Balance - I am Divine Fire

I am bright gold of strength. I have. I hold.
I am. I am. I am a droplet in the cosmic ocean.
I am a point in the sphere of light. I am. I am.

*      *      *

The fourth circle spins. The fourth sun shines. 
The green circle spins. The green sun shines. 
The jade circle spins. The jade sun shines.
The emerald circle spins. The emerald sun shines.

Faster - brighter - spinning - shining. Aglow! 

I am Divine Kindness - I am Divine Compassion - I am Divine Love

I am green emerald of love. I glow with love

.I am. I am. I am a droplet in the cosmic ocean.
I am a point in the sphere of light. I am. I am.

*      *      *

The fifth circle spins. The fifth sun shines. 
The blue circle spins. The blue sun shines.
The lapis circle spins. The lapis sun shines.
The sapphire circle spins. The sapphire sun shines.

Faster - brighter - spinning - shining. Aware! 


I am Divine Voice - I am Divine Expression - I am Divine Truth

I am a blue sapphire of truth. I speak. I sing.

I am. I am. I am a droplet in the cosmic ocean.
I am a point in the sphere of light. I am. I am.

*      *      *

The sixth circle spins. The sixth sun shines.
The violet circle spins. The violet sun shines.
The pearl circle spins. The pearl sun shines.
The amethyst circle spins. The amethyst sun shines

Faster - brighter - spinning - shining. Awake!

I am Divine Vision -  I am Divine Insight - I am Divine Wisdom

I am a clear amethyst of sight. I know. I see. 

I am. I am. I am a droplet in the cosmic ocean.
I am a point in the sphere of light. I am. I am.

*      *      *

The seventh circle spins. The seventh sun shines.
The white circle spins. The white sun shines.  
The crystal circle spins. The crystal sun shines.
The diamond circle spins. The diamond sun shines.

Faster - brighter - spinning - shining. Alight! 

I am Divine Radiance - I am Divine Clarity - I am Divine Perfection

I am a white diamond of light. I am all light.  

*      *      *

I am. I am. 
I am a rainbow of infinite light.
I am a heart of endless love. 
I am a rainbow of infinite light. 
I am. I am.

I am. I am.
I am all made of light.
I am all made of love.
I am all made of light.
I am. I am.

*      *      *

Body — Matter — Presence —
Spark — Flame — Intention — 
Power — Balance — Fire —
Kindness — Love —Compassion —
Voice — Expression — Truth —
Vision — Insight — Wisdom —
Radiance — Clarity — Light —

I am Love in action  
I am Light shining in all

Amen—Let it be  
God’s Light shines in me

Amen—Let it be  
God’s Love shines in me 




One of my fascinations is discovering the remnants, fragments, and allusions to the law of One, the true spiritual law of this Universe. I recently found them in Ethics by Benedict de Spinoza, and promptly published a public-domain English translation of this timeless treatise by a truly enlightened European philosopher who was expelled from every religious group he tried to join (Jews, Calvinists, Catholics) for his beliefs transcended their dogmas. 

But in his infinite intelligence he found something so deeply true it evaded being understood by misguided generations (and still does). As Spinoza writes, if God is infinite, then God is everywhere in everything, and there is no "transcendent" God beyond this created world. If God were transcendent, God would not be infinite. Thus, infinity = immanence. And, what follows, is that we are all One, all Divine. All that is, is Divine. All that exists, is full of Love and Light. I am, so I am full of love and light. God is everywhere. So God is within me. So I am Divine. So? Thankful, and joyous, I have to love everyone, respect everything. Just be a part of One. Simple, eh? 

Here is a trace of that sentiment, found in an ancient Irish Christian hymn, Be Thou my Vision:



Just like the Irish blessing of light, this song brings in the ancient wisdom of the Divine Light and Love, the Divine Vision opening our eyes. [I posted the Blessing of Light several times, for instance in 2015 or in 2016, in a post about my book, Into Light that uses this blessing as a motto.

If you want something less traditional, here's Tina Turner's meditation - Lotus Sutra for the Purity of Mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBgN849_nOs. And here's Tina Turner's Peace Mantra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XP-f7wPM0A

Or if you do not like Tina Turner, here's the mantra of mantras: Om Mani Padme Hum


UNITY MEDITATION FOR THE TOTAL ECLIPSE 




Cited from Cobra and Stillness in the Storm blog:

http://www.stillnessinthestorm.com/2017/08/make-this-viral-unity-meditation-at-the-eclipse-2017-8-21.html

This will be the first eclipse since 1918 with the path of totality going through the continental US. This eclipse is a great opportunity for us to make a decision to create unity. Unity of awakened individuals is the most powerful catalyst for the planetary liberation. For this reason me, Corey Goode and many other people are joining forces to gather the critical mass of at least 144,000 people doing this exact meditation.

The path of totality will touch the ground near Salem, OR at 10:18 am PDT and will exit near Charleston, SC at 2:47 pm EDT. For people in the western part of the US the total phase of the eclipse will be already over when the meditation starts. The meditation will start right before the moment of maximum point of the eclipse and people in the central US will be meditating right through the totality. People in the eastern part of the US will be able to watch the total eclipse after the meditation.


The map of cloud cover shows that people in the western part of the US have the highest probability to actually see the eclipse:

We will be doing this meditation at the moment of the maximum of the Solar eclipse on Monday, August 21th at 11:11 am PDT in Los Angeles. This equals 8:11 pm EET in Cairo, 8:11 pm CEST in Paris, 7:11 pm BST in London, 2:11 pm EDT in New York, 1:11 pm CDT in Chicago, 12:11 pm MDT in Denver and 2:11 am CST on Tuesday, August 22nd in Taipei.

You can check the time of the meditation for your time zone here:

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=UNITY+MEDITATION&iso=20170821T111111&p1=137


INSTRUCTIONS FOR UNITY MEDITATION




1. Use your own technique to bring you to a relaxed state of consciousness.

2. State your intent to use this meditation as a tool to speed up the process of bringing harmony and unity for planet Earth and its inhabitants.

3. Visualize a pillar of Light emanating from the Galactic Central Sun, then going through all beings of Light inside our Solar System, through the eclipsed Sun and the Moon and then through your body to the center of the Earth. Visualize another pillar of Light rising from the center of the Earth, then up through your body and upwards into the sky towards all beings of Light in our Solar System and our galaxy. You are now sitting in two pillars of Light, the Light flowing both upwards and downwards simultaneously. Keep these pillars of Light active for a few minutes.

4. Now visualize a soft pink healing divine feminine energy, healing all people of the planet of their past traumas, bringing peace, harmony, understanding, abundance and unity. Visualize this soft pink light healing the minds and hearts of all people worldwide. See all Lightworkers, Lightwarriors and Truthers working in unity for the creation of the New Earth. See the people of Earth celebrating and joyfully participating in the creation of our new reality where everyone can obtain what they need and freely choose to live as they desire.

Suggested time of meditiation: 15 minutes.

Victory of Light! http://2012portal.blogspot.com

United in Light by Maja Trochimczyk
United in Light 



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Monday, July 10, 2017

The Declaration of Independence for this Summer

poets laureate smile
in stars and stripes - 
day of independence

It was so much fun to ride in the Independence Day Parade. Let's not call it the Fourth of July - it means nothing, just a calendar day, but "independence" - there is a lot of meaning in this little word.

village poets declare
independence day
for poetry in sunlight 

Here's the full text of the U.S. Declaration of Independence passed by the thirteen states on July 4, 1776 from http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/



IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. 

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.


  • He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

  • He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

  • He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

  • He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

  • He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

  • He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

  • He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

  • He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

  • He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

  • He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

  • He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:


  • For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

  • For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

  • For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

  • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

  • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

  • For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

  • For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

  • For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

  • For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.


  • He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

  • He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

  • He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

  • He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.


In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

white stars in indigo night
white stars at sunset 
crowned with independence at noon 

stars and stripes
everywhere
all in red, white, and blue

For me this day is especially meaningful, as my Mom died when I was riding in the parade in 2013.

the poets car
moves through
bright streets of Sunland

She loved to have fun, dress up, and celebrate. So she would have loved the fact that I was celebrating independence, as she was being liberated of her past, leaving the burdens behind.  When I have fun in the Parade every year, it is also on her behalf. Here we are, picking leaves in the Kampinos forest near Warsaw, in mid 1960s:


Sunday afternoon 
dressing up 
to pick leaves in the park

This photo reminds me of my love of trees, my beloved cousins on this planet. With a friend I was planning to create the Planetary Church of Plants, with one stated goal of protecting and planting trees.
Before it comes into being, here's my Declaration of Inter-dependence...

My Declaration 

I am a sovereign citizen​ of the galaxy

My heart goes out​ to the mountains​.​
My feet grow roots​ in the light​.​
My eyes touch​ heavenly stars​.
I breathe gold air​ of goodness​.​
I drink lucid​ water of joy​.​
​Nourished by divine affection, 
I thrive, ​l​inked ​to all living beings​ -​
​snow crystals, seeds, ​trees, and sunlight​.​
​In ​harmony,​ we sing the chorale​ of dawn​.​
I choose to love all,​ live in love​.​

I am a sovereign citizen​ of the galaxy​.​


Adam wants my hat 
celebrating
stars and stripes forever


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Poets Laureate at the Pasadena Lit Fest - May 21, 3:30 p.m. at Zona Rosa Alley by Pasadena Playhouse



Altadena Poetry Review Presents


SIX POET LAUREATES: SPREADING POETRY LOVE 

Poet Laureates from the 2016 and 2017 Altadena Anthologies will be the Featured Poets on our Pas LitFest panel at the Zona Rosa Alley, next to the Pasadena Playouse, in Pasadena on SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017, from 3:30pm-4:45pm. Five Laureates will present their work:

-- Elsa Frausto
-- Marlene Hitt
--Mary Langer Thompson
--Radomir Vojtech Luza
--Maja Trochimczyk
--Thelma Reyna

 

Pasadena LitFest will be on May 20 and 21, with multiple venues and lots of great poets and writers to hear. Visit the website of the LitFest 2017 for details, check out the schedule, or read the bios of the poets and writers.  


ELSA S. FRAUSTO


Elsa Frausto passes the Poet Laureate's Laurels to Pam Shea, April 2017


Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Elsa is a bilingual poet. She has been active in local poetry events as coordinator and host, most recently with “Wide Open Readings” at the Sunland-Tujunga Library. Her book of poems--Sunland Park Poems (Shabda Press), which she co-wrote with Alice Pero--was recently published. Elsa was Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga in 2014-2017.



MARLENE HITT



Marlene Hitt is a Los Angeles poet, writer and retired educator with local history
 as an avocation. She has served for many years as Archivist, Museum Director 
and Historian at the Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga. She is a native Californian
 and a graduate of Occidental College. She also studied at CSUN, USC, UCLA, Glendale
 College and Trinity College, Ireland. Her work appeared in Psychopoetica (UK), Chupa 
Rosa Diaries of the Chupa Rosa Writers, Sunland (2001-2003), Glendale College’s 
Eclipseanthologies, two Moonrise Press anthologies, Chopin with Cherries (2010), 
Meditations on Divine Names (2012), and Sometimes in the Open, a collection of verse 
by California Poets Laureate. She published Sad with Cinnamon, Mint Leaves,and
 Bent Grass (all in 2001), as well as Riddle in the Rain with Dorothy Skiles, and a stack 
of chapbooks for friends and family.


The first Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga (1999-2001), Marlene Hitt was honored as the 2016 Woman of the Year by the Congressman Adam Schiff and her name was entered into a congressional record.



Clocks and Water Drops - Poetry Collection by Marlene Hitt

Published in May 2015. 118 pages.  ISBN 978-0-9819693-5-0, $15.00
This collection of poetry includes 73 poems divided into sections on: Children, Marriages, Portraits, Neighbors, Seasons, Small Things, Passages, and Farewells.  The title captures the poet's fascination with the flow of time, as relentless and powerful as drops of water that can shape rocks and move mountains. 

RADOMIR LUZA



Poet Laureate of North Hollywood, CA, Radomir is a Pushcart Prize Nominee and author of 30 books. His poetry has been published in over 80 anthologies, literary journals, blogs, websites, newspapers, magazines and other media. The SAG/AFTRA/AEA actor is also a stand-up comedian, theatre critic and host/curator of reading events around the country.  He edits and publishes the literary magazine, VOICES IN THE LIBRARY, through Red Doubloon Publishing.
                   
THELMA T. REYNA, Ph.D.


Thelma T. Reyna’s books have collectively won eight national literary awards. She has written four books: a short story collection, two poetry chapbooks, and a full-length poetry collection, Rising, Falling, All of Us. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, textbooks, and regional media for over 25 years. As Poet Laureate in Altadena, 2014-2016, she edited the Altadena Poetry Review Anthology: 2015, as well as the 2016 anthology, which was the Winner in two national book competitions in 2016 (Anthology category). She was selected as a “Top 10 San Gabriel Valley Poet, 2016” by Spectrum Publications. She is also chief editor/publisher at Golden Foothills Press, based in Pasadena. Visit her site at www.GoldenFoothillsPress.com .

MARY LANGER THOMPSON, Ed.D.




Mary Langer Thompson’s poems, short stories, and essays appear in various journals and anthologies. She is a contributor to two poetry writing texts, The Working Poet (Autumn Press, 2009) and Women and Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012), and was the 2012 Senior Poet Laureate of California. Her first collection of poems, Poems in Water, was published by Green Fuse Poetic Arts of Loveland, Colorado in 2014, and she is working on a second collection entitled “It’s a School Night.” Her children’s book How the Blue-Tongued Skink got his Blue Tongue was recently released by Another Think Coming Press. A retired school principal and former secondary English teacher, Langer Thompson received her Ed.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She continues to enjoy conducting writing workshops for schools, prisons, and in her community of the high desert of California.

MAJA TROCHIMCZYK, Ph.D.




Maja Trochimczyk, Ph.D. (McGill’94), is a poet, music historian, and photographer born in Poland and living in California. She published six  books on music (After Chopin, The Music of Louis Andriessen, Polish Dance in Southern California, A Romantic Century in Polish Music, Frederic Chopin: A Research and Information Guide, and Lutoslawski Legacy), six books of poetry (Miriam’s Iris, 2008; Rose Always, 2011; Slicing the Bread, 2014; The Rainy Bread,2016; and Into Light, 2016) as well as  two anthologies, Chopin with Cherries (2010), andMeditations on Divine Names (2012). She also published 17 book chapters, 26 peer-reviewed articles, and hundreds of essays and poems that appeared in English, Polish, German, French, Chinese, Spanish and Serbian translations. A recipient of ACLS and SSRCC post-doctoral grants, and many honors for the promotion of Polish culture, she taught music history at the University of Southern California and ethics in jail. She recently received the 2016 Creative Arts Prize from the Polish American Historical Association. She serves as Secretary and Communications Director for Polish American Historical Association and was the Sixth Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga in 2010-2012. In 2008, she founded Moonrise Press. More... or visit the website:  www.trochimczyk.net


Into Light: Poems and Incantations 

This poetry and prayer collection presents 35 poems and 12 "incantations" that focus on the intertwined spiritual concepts of Light and Love. The poems, initially written within the Catholic mystical tradition of contemplation and adoration of the Divine presence, gradually evolved to encompass a broader scope of spiritual insights, without losing the main focus: reaching out in Love to the One Light, the Source of All. The simple and repetitive meditations and incantations are meant to inspire, uplift, and fill the heart with Light and Love. 
Available as a Paperback with 82 pages in a standard trade size 6' by 9' (ISBN 978-0-9963981-8-3, $10.00), Full Color Paperback, in the same size, ISBN9781945938030 ($30.00) and as E-Book in the EPUB Format, ISBN 978-0-9963981-9-0, $8.00).



The Rainy Bread: Poems from Exile by Maja Trochimczyk


This volume includes 30 poems about forgotten stories of Poles living in the Eastern Borderlands of Kresy, who were killed, deported, imprisoned, or oppressed after the invasion of Poland by the Soviet Union on September 17, 1939.  These are depictions of survival of other Poles deported to Siberia, the Arctic Circle, or Kazakhstan; who left the Soviet Union with the Second Corps of the Polish Army under General Władysław Anders; were transported to refugee camps in India or Africa; and ended up in Argentina, Canada, Australia or the U.S. The book is a companion to “Slicing the Bread: Children’s Survival Manual in 25 Poems” (Finishing Line Press, 2014), with which it shares some poems, including vignettes from the author’s childhood in Warsaw, permeated by the strange rhetoric of the Polish People’s Republic, yet still overshadowed by the war.

ISBN 9781945938009, paperback, 64 pages, $10.00

ISBN 9781945938016, eBook, $8.00