Monday, November 12, 2012


Welcome to my FUEL YOUR BODY WITH HEALTHY SNACKS blog event! I am happy to announce that my sponsor will give away three boxes of these great bars. Go here to learn more about the bars. As a busy mom of three who teaches high school French and Spanish ; I am always looking for a quick healthy snack. I love all three flavors. What I like most about the bars is they are not too sweet. They are also gluten free. I keep several boxes in my desk at school for a quick and healthy snack. I carry the bars with me when I do author signing events to help keep my energy level up. If you have a busy schedule like I do and need a healthy alternative , I recommend you try these bars.

You may wonder why I am hosting an event about nutritional bars on a book blog.  I believe in fueling both the mind and the body.  In fact, I keep a few boxes of the bars and give them away to students when they come for after school tutoring.  A well nourished body will help the brain do better in rigorous intellectual tasks.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012


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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Saturday, June 30, 2012

How to Avoid Bad Karma

Before too long, the eleventh anniversary of 9/11 will be upon us.  I can't help but think about what happened that horrible day. The word compassion  comes to mind when thinking about 9/11.   So many people came to the aid of those in need.  Today, I decided to write a post about karma .  Usama , eventually paid for his wrongdoings.
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Avoiding bad karma is not too difficult.  Follow the rule of doing good and not bad.  There are people who think they are invincible.  I believe by applying the simple rule of doing good you put yourself in position for good karma to come your way.

We all know that bad things most often happen to good people and sometimes the wicked seem to have the best of luck. Take for instance Idi Amin Dada, known as the ‘Butcher of Uganda’ for his brutal despotic rule. He seized power in a military coup in 1971 and was responsible for killing 100,000 to half million people. Finally, karma caught up with him.  Ugandan nationalists ousted him in 1979. He later fled into exile.  Idi Amin, in my opinion is lower than a worm.  He killed all the members of my friend’s family. She managed to escape and was later able to come to the United States.

I do not understand why people have to be cruel. All I know it is better to do good.  My friend forgave Idi Amin for killing all the members of her family.  Her forgiving heart brought good karma to her life. She is doing extremely well financially.  She is married to a wonderful man and has two wonderful children.

I believe people that go out of their way to harm others will eventually pay for their wrong doings.  It is a law of nature.  Eventually you will reap what you sowed. It takes less energy to do what is right.  Why do so many people prefer to subject themselves to bad karma by doing wrong? Are they blinded by self-hatred?  I do not know the answer. I have seen too many people in my circles suffer the consequences of ill doings; I am compelled to do what is right towards others. Life is already hard; I cannot afford to make it harder. I will do everything in my power to avoid bad karma.

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So how do you avoid bad karma? Four simple words: Do good, not bad , easy , right?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Creating a Culture of Giving in the Home

You can talk about charity all day long but what your children will really notice is what you do to make the world a better place.  I believe children learn by example.  The best place for children to learn about giving is in the home. If they see you giving back, they too will develop a spirit of giving.

In my opinion, you must start with small projects and you must allow your child to take an active part in the giving.  For example, you can start by having your child help you prepare bag lunches for a local women shelter.  You and your child can deliver the bag lunches.

If you have a children’s hospital near you, you and your child can drop off toys and books.   The hospitals are always in need of new books and toys. 

Do you have elderly people that live nearby?  This is another great opportunity to teach your child about giving.
The two of you can bake cookies or even cook a simple meal and deliver it to the elderly neighbor.

Local schools always have food drive for the poor.  Make a big deal out of this, take your child shopping, and have him/her pick out the foods. 

Whatever you decide to do be sure to make the Project “Relatable.”  The more the child can relate strongly to the project the better. Children should not be forced to participate in a project.    The 2010 Haitian earthquake prompted many schools to participate in fundraisers. Locally in Denver, my students raised a lot of money.  They came up with the idea on their own because they wanted to help.

As a Haitian American, I decided to donate all proceeds from my book sales to Haiti relief.  This is an ongoing project, because I believe Haiti still needs help before recovering fully from the 2010 earthquake.  

Creating a culture of giving in the home is not too difficult.  Every family is different; you must find what works better for your family.   Donating my book proceeds prove to be the best way for me to give.  I am accomplishing two goals:  I am helping my native homeland and providing books for children to read.   I derive great joy when I get a positive response from a reader.  My life is great, and I want to share my blessings with the less fortunate.

Friday, February 10, 2012

What Is Unique About My Blog

Welcome to Friendship Friday
Today is friendship Friday and I am happy to answer the question : What makes your blog unique?

             The one thing that makes my blog unique is I named it after my book of short stories.  I believe all children are important, and we must make a concerted effort to meet their needs emotionally and educationally.  As a classroom teacher and a mother of three, I am committed to making a difference in the lives of my own children and those in my classroom.  My posts are a handy resource for parents and educators. For instance, this week is bully awareness week, and I have written a couple of articles on this very important subject.  Here is a website where one can find information on how to handle bullies.   Read article one and  two here.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Ugly Side of Bullying: What to do to Support your child Part II

I knew long before Columbine that something drastic needed to be done with the issue of bullying.  In 1992, I observed in horror as I watched the Sunday morning news.  “Middle school student committed suicide.”  The news anchor went on to explain the student was a victim of bullying in her school.  Well, that middle school student was a former student of mine.   The next-day counselors flooded our school in the hope of helping the student body deal with the tragedy.  I was riddled with guilt even though I made sure the bullies   did not bother her while in my class.  As I stated in my first article, bullies are very adept at what they do. 

Unfortunately, the teachers could not walk the girl home from school each day. The bullies followed her home and took their meanness to the highest level.  Bullies had a field day with her because the student came from a broken home.  The girl’s mother abandoned her, and the poor child bounced from one foster care to another.

Why in a civilized nation should any child end his or her life due to bullying?  What is wrong with this picture? The only answer I have for the aforementioned questions:  We cannot change what happened in the past, but we can be diligent that no other child’s life will come to an abrupt end.

Suicide is more common among kids who are bullied than most people realize.  I remember reaching a low point when I first came to the United States. It was hard adjusting to a new culture; I did not need to be taunted by a bunch of bullies. You can read a published article about experiences here.

What I have learned over the years both as a parent and as a teacher is you must be persistent.  Sometimes, you have to get the authorities involved.  I remember too well one girl in my class whose mother filed charges against a boy who constantly taunted her daughter.   Mooing a girl because of her large breasts goes beyond bullying-It falls in the category of sexual harassment.  The boy doing the mooing was obstinate. The incident had been reported to the principal, and many meetings with the boy’s parents proved futile. Can you imagine the embarrassment of a 12-year girl being made fun of every time she walked down the hallway in her school?   "Mooo, mooo , mooo, we need to milk the cow," chanted the boy.

Thankfully, her mom notified the authorities, and the boy had to appear in court. The family had to pay a hefty fine.  The bullying and teasing came to a screeching halt.

My wish for anyone reading this post is to take time and hug your child if you have one.  Pay close attention and listen to your child.  Teachers, please keep a watchful eye in your classroom.   I am very thankful things are better than they were before Columbine.  Read an article about how things have changed since Columbine.  Valentine’s Day is only a few days away, let us make an effort to say, “I Love You” to a child or an adult.

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Ugly Side of Bullying: What You Can Do to Support Your Child

Columbine happened in my own backyard only twenty minutes from where I live.  I am sure many schools learned a valuable lessons with Columbine.   In honor of Bully Awareness week, I am inspired to write a post in the hopes others will get inspired  too.

February 6-10th is bully awareness week.  Do you have a child in school?  Chances are at one point your child may have been bullied in one or more ways.  No one is immune from the devastating blows bullying causes to one’s self-esteem.  What most parents do not know is kids are scared to report incidents of bullying because of fear.  If a child does not report the incident, then it makes it so much easier for the one doing the bullying to continue to cause harm.

Here are a few things parents can do to make sure their kids are not victims of bullying.
  • Monitor closely your child’s behavior at home.  Is he/she suddenly withdrawn?    
  • Does your child make excuses about not going to school? Find out the reason.
  • Is your child suddenly doing poorly in school? Again, look into why grades have fallen.
  • Does your child have problems making friends? This is more difficult to pinpoint; you might want to visit your child’s classroom to observe how the other kids react towards your child. Perhaps it might be a good idea to talk to your child’s teacher.  

  All of the above may be signs that your child may be a victim of bullying. The best thing a parent can do is to take the time to support your child and not let the situation get out of control.
 I knew right away, that something was severely wrong with my daughter.  Her senior year of high school, she suddenly stopped going out.  After talking to her numerous times, I found out her friends started drinking, and she did not want to go down that road.  Consequently, her friends started treating her like an outcast.  In fact, they deliberately did not invite her to any of their social functions.  She had been labeled “A goody two shoes” It tore me up inside to watch my daughter go through this.  Deliberately excluding someone from participating is a form of bullying because you are not good enough if you do not do what the group wants you to do.

As a concerned and caring parent, I talked to my daughter and the nights her friends went out socializing without her, we rented movies, we went out eating and shopping.  I am sure she would have preferred to be with people her own age, but what I did helped reassure that I cared, and it gave her comfort.  I believe, this is what we must do as parents to help bridge the gap to help our children. Eventually her friends came to realize drinking was wrong and made amends with my daughter.  I am glad she stood on the principles she had been taught.

As a classroom teacher, I understand how bullies work.  Most often, the person doing the bullying are very adept at making their victim miserable.  The most important thing I have done is to make my classroom a safe environment.  I do my best to develop a great rapport with my students.  Once I am able to develop that rapport, they can easily trust me.  I have my classroom rules posted in my classroom so it is clear that bullying or teasing of any kind will not be tolerated.  Understanding the mindset of a bully has led me to write my book of short stories titled: My Birthday Is September Eleven and Other Short Stories.  One of the stories “Zebra Boy” helps shed light on the problem with biracial children.  Biracial children have become a major target for bullies.   I have intercepted many notes written by bullies depicting biracial children in the most vicious ways. Again, in my opinion, the best defense is to develop a good relationship with your student or child, so he/ she can come seek help.  I also believe school districts have a responsibility to educate the student body on diversity.
As responsible parents and teachers, let us make a deliberate effort to make a change in a child’s life. Let us make 2012 the best Bully Awareness year ever.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012


I am extremely blessed with my youngest son Luc.  He made the honor roll this semester. I am inspired to continue to love him unconditionally and to do what I am supposed to do as a parent.   I do not always like getting on his case about doing well in school, but I am thankful he is finally making wise decisions .    Here is a poem I wrote, hope you too will be inspired to love your child with the love of God and help him/her to be the best he/she can be.  Have a great week!

A mother's desire for her children.

Son, daughter I shall be to you
what the marrow is to your bones
I will nourish you with my love
for I wish you length of life.

son ,daughter till you are
twenty and one I will pray
to God that day by day your
steps may he guide.

son, daughter may in my absence
wisdom becomes your best friend
for common sense will keep
you out of harm's way

Son, daughter though sometimes
you will heed the advice of fools
I know you will indeed find ways to succeed

Son, daughter never, ever give up
for wherever life's journey
takes you, I will remain by your side
forever and ever

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012


 This week I am hugely inspired by God's eternal mercy upon my life.  I have a wonderful husband, three wonderful children and a great job.   I am inspired to keep God first always, because if it were not for him I would not  be here.  Thank you Lord for your mercy and grace.  I  was born in country where the majority of the people believe in vodoo. I am hugely blessed God called me out and spared my life .  I pray daily for my fellow  Haitians who do not worship the one true God.   Here's a poem  I wrote to honor my one true God:

Today, Lord and Savior I come to drink from your fountain
my heart and soul are parched and all dried up
thank you Lord for letting me drink until I am full
no other drink will do, for I know with you I shall
thirst no more, how blessed I am that you have
granted me my wish
Oh! Dearest savior I do have one more request
 I ask for you to keep close to your heart and thoughts
those who have not yet tasted of your divine water of life
I ask that they too can one day have the same desire to
come savor your fountain of life
for them , my Lord and Savior I pray


 Last Monday I came across a wonderful blog, today I joined the Friendship Friday blog hop.  The question of the week:  How did you come up with your blog's name?  I named my three blogs so bloggers would know what the blogs are about.  I am an author of four published books, it makes sense for me to use the name of each book as the title of the blogs.   Here are the names of my three blogs:  My Sister Is My Best Friend, Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle and  Remembering Nine Eleven.  Join me in making new friends!

Monday, January 16, 2012


 I just came across this wonderful blog hop.  I love the theme of inspire me.  Today, I am inspired by the fact that my book:  My Birthday Is September Eleven and Other Short Stories  is still on  Amazon's best-selling list. My goal is to help inspire teens and their parents about not letting tragedy define who they become.  Life is too short to let tragedy define you for the rest of your life.  I am hugely inspired  to write more books that will help give hope. I believe this is my calling in life and I am very thankful.