Monday, January 29, 2007

Gerundios from my Invisible Friends

Another song from a favorite group, Los Amigos Invisibles of Venezuela.

The artist in me loves the look of this video ...... the romantic in me loves the storyline .... and the language teacher in me loves that the song is almost 100% gerunds ..... the combination gives this video such a dreamy quality. It really is beautiful.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Chispa on TV!

Hey, I got my one minute of air time! Well, less than a minute, actually, but there I am, at minute 17:55 of the January 18, 2007 PBS television show, Images/Imágenes on Hispanics, Economics and Politics, discussing how Chispa Productions creates resources that teach Spanish with Sabor Latino, celebrating Latino culture and heritage in the United States.

For the next week (until January 25), you can watch a streaming webcast of the show here.

So here are three important things I have learned from this experience:

1. ALWAYS have your 30-second elevator speech ready (thank you, Laurelle Johnson of InnerWealth Communications!)

2. ALWAYS take advantage of networking opportunities that really relate to your business and your mission, even if you think you're too tired to go out that evening (I was, but I went anyway) ...

3. NEVER leave your house without having your hair and make-up completely TV-ready!!

Well, maybe #3 is an exaggeration, but I certainly wasn't expecting to be filmed when I went to the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey networking event last month. And yet there I was, being interviewed by Willie Sanchez, Executive Producer of Images/Imágenes, the longest running Hispanic affairs program in the PBS system, and one of the longest running television programs of its kind in the country. (I guarantee you, you would be seeing a different hairstyle and more effective make-up if I had known!)

But you know what – I like how my message came across, and I was glad to be able to get it out there.

And here is what I love most:

At minute 5:30, guess who also shows up: my Latinapreneur Coach Extraordinaire, Nancy Marmolejo of Comadre Coaching, receiving the Anna Maria Arias award for Latina entrepreneurship at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce convention in Philadelphia last September.

Such synchronicity! Without Nancy, there would be no Chispa Productions right now. So it was a wonderful surprise, and completely fitting.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Juanes, Carlos Vives y Aterciopelados cantarán poemas infantiles

From my Yahoo Noticias en español ... it sounds like fun, and it could be a great resource for Spanish teachers ....

Juanes, Carlos Vives y Aterciopelados cantarán poemas infantiles

BOGOTÁ (AFP) - Un grupo de artistas colombianos del que forman parte Juanes, Carlos Vives y el grupo Aterciopelados se unieron para musicalizar los versos infantiles del poeta del siglo XIX Rafael Pombo, que aparecerán en un disco este año con motivo de la celebración del Congreso de la Lengua Española.

Juanes aceptó interpretar 'El gato Bandido', mientras que el dueto Aterciopelados -de Andrea Echeverry y Héctor Buitrago- darán vida a la gata Candonga en 'Mirringa Mirronga', algunos de los poemas más famosos de Pombo.

"Es un proyecto en el que venía trabajando desde hace tiempo y al cual se unieron varios amigos", dijo a periodistas el cantante del folclórico vallenato Carlos Vives, promotor de la iniciativa. Vives dijo que le encantaría que la cantante Shakira pueda vincularse al proyecto, aunque reconoció que ha sido difícil contactarla.

Pombo, que nació en Bogotá en 1833 y murió en 1912, fue un prolífico poeta cuyos versos de amor han sido opacados por la popularidad de sus fábulas infantiles, con personajes como 'Rin Rin Renacuajo' y 'La Pobre Viejecita'. De esta última se rodó una película animada en 1984.

El disco con los poemas musicalizados será lanzado durante el IV Congreso de la Lengua Española que tendrá lugar en la colombiana Cartagena en marzo. Los recursos que se obtengan con la venta serán destinados a la financiación de una fundación que lleva el nombre del poeta.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Salud, Amor y $$$$$

My bríndis to all is for health, love and mucho dinero in 2007 .... I can't necessarily help you with the first two, but this may be of assistance for the dinero part. This is a teleseminar from the Latinapreneur Launch Pad series of my always inspiring and creative coach, Nancy Marmolejo. Definitely worth tuning in .... it's nice to put a little sabor latino into the financial process!

Got an Hour to Become a Millionaire?
Start the New Year off with the Tools to Achieve Financial Freedom.

Join award winning Latinapreneur Nancy Marmolejo as she interviews speaker, millionaire, and financial guru Ruben Ruiz, author of 'The One Hour Hispanic Millionaire'.

Date: Tuesday January 9, 2007
Time: 2pm Eastern Time, 1pm Central Time, 12pm Mountain Time, 11am Pacific Time

Ruben's acclaimed book, 'The One Hour Hispanic Millionaire', teaches people of all backgrounds how to overcome lifelong mindsets and barriers to wealth creation.

In this teleseminar you will learn:

* How to develop a Millionaire Mindset to reach all your financial goals

* A cash flow management system to serve as a blueprint for your wealth creation

* Valuable tips and tools to create net worth in 4 major opportunity areas

* The Five Destroyers of Wealth and how you can completely defeat them

* How to avoid the fallacy of getting rich overnight

* Why 'cheap thinking' may be blocking your financial success

* The 4 Wealth Building Quadrants and how to get started on them right away

Space is limited, so don't wait to sign up. You can learn more by visiting here.