Monthly Archives: March 2015

MenilFest

MenilFest
On April 18th, I’ll be joining many authors, artists, and musicians at Houston’s annual MenilFest! The festival goes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., so if you’re in town, be prepared for an ENTIRE day of entertainment.

MenilFest is an annual one-day festival of art, words and noise bringing together the visual, literary and performing arts organizations located on the Menil Collection campus.

Now in its 7th year, MenilFest! is a unique merger of literature, performance art and words–both spoken and written.

This family-oriented outdoor festival is brimming with live performances, films, artists, food trucks, and word-smiths and takes place on the beautifully austere 30 acre Menil campus.

Featuring nearly 100 independent authors, bookstores, magazines, presses and literary arts organizations!

Check back often or follow me on Twitter @MarysReflection for more details as the book fair grows closer.

LOCATION
   1533 Sul Ross St
   Houston, TX — 77006

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My Two Year Anniversary with WordPress

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Time has flown by! WordPress sent me a message stating that it is my Two Year Anniversary with them. Amazing!

When I first started out, progress was a bit on the slow side of things but steady. I thought, “Not too shabby for someone who has a 40 hour work-week, helps to care for a 104-year old, and writes in between!” Well, let me tell you that things have picked up quite a bit since then! Matter of fact, I feel as if I’m on a roller coaster traveling faster and farther with my hair blowing in the wind and the sun shining on my face! It’s scary, but exhilarating all at once.

I will share a few stats from the last 2 years:

100 original posts
1384 faithful followers – WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin’, Tumblr
9,740 views to date (was 3,220) – U.S. being number one, followed by Brazil, China, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Philippines, with France & Australia tied, India, Spain Netherlands, Mexico …
The most viewed post besides the About Me page is Running in Heels
The second most viewed post is News Flash
And the third most viewed posts is My Sister, If Only
Most commented was About Me Page & The Little Green Dress
Most popular topics were: determination, memoir, perseverance
My top commenter: Sandra DiGiovanni

My followers know that I have recently published my first book, “Running in Heels: A Memoir of Grit and Grace.” The “experts” said that a newbie (yours truly) should have a writer’s platform. So I started a Facebook writer’s fan page and two years ago, began blogging about past and current events.

I’ve been especially happy since signing up with WordPress.com for its user friendliness and it being easy to navigate.

From time to time, I do include short excerpts from my book, and to my delight, you readers are wanting and asking for more. This is good! Since I have started blogging, I have re-connected with friends, acquaintances, and yes, family members from across the miles. I have made many new friends and fellow-bloggers who not only take the time to read, but to leave positive comments and inspiring feedback. This is great!

Bottom line: I feel blessed beyond measure. And I appreciate each and every one of you for visiting my site–new comers and old–and sticking with me throughout this journey to the finish line. My one regret? That I didn’t start blogging sooner.

Feel free to leave a comment about topics that interest you most.

Thank you again for your support and following this blog – from my heart to yours.

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The Sunday Show – Defining Moments – Mary Ann Pérez – Author, Blogger and Survivor

I wish to thank Sally Cronin for the honor in allowing me to be a guest on her wonderful blog, “The Sunday Show: Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life“. Her blog is indeed uplifting, filled with savor and spice in today’s world.

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My guest today has recently published the story of her early life. It is one that would make of us immediately feel incredibly sad for the young child that suffered so much and then fell into a disastrous and violent teenage marriage. But, Mary Ann Pérez has written her story from a different perspective and does not come across as a victim but as someone amazingly strong and courageous who has turned the past into an inspiring story of hope.

Mary is Puerto Rican born in the Bronx, raised in Miami and then moved to Houston. She has been happily married for the second time to a ‘phenomenal’ man for the last twenty years and has four grown children and two grandchildren. She has been writing her memoirs for some time but has only recently felt comfortable sharing her story. As she says she needed first to confront her past…

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Houston Authors Bash – 2015

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On this day I had my first big book signing event, rubbing shoulders with over 100 other authors. A lot of work and labor of love went on behind the scenes weeks, days, hours, and even minutes before. Family and friends braved the cold and wet weather to stop by and share my special day with me. I was intoxicated with emotions as I ran around giggling, boohooing, and giggling again. This was one exhilarating day, an event that I will hold dear to my heart and cherish for a lifetime.

Do you have a passion? Is there a dream in your heart that motivates you to do something? With perseverance and determination, dreams do come true. Be a dream chaser. Dream big. Don’t quit. Every journey begins with a single step.

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Guest Blogger: Mary A. Perez (This Thing Called Tears)

I wish to thank Faith Simone for the honor in allowing me to be a guest on her blog, “All Things Written…To Encourage & Inspire“. Her blog is indeed encouraging and inspiring as she unselfishly pays it forward.

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There are a few people walking the earth brave enough to wear their hearts on their sleeves; not because they’re careless or foolish, but because they’ve been through enough to know that each time they share their stories they celebrate their triumph. They’ve won. Mary Perez, of Reflections from the Heart, is one of those people.


This Thing Called Tears by Mary Perez MAry I consider myself a tough cookie. After all, aren’t I a survivor? I’ve survived some hard times: A broken home by age three, followed by poverty, hunger, homelessness, alcoholism, neglect, loss of a sibling at age nine, two near-drowning incidents, in a car wreck, juvenile detention home, taunting, brawls, racism, alternative schooling, marriage to a ruthless man twice my age, bearing four children by the time I was twenty-two—three  by cesarean—physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, betrayal, hopelessness, despair, rejection, abandonment, being shot at (he missed), divorce, single-parenting …

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