Leadership

“Where books are burned, they will, in the end, burn people, too.” Heinrich Heine By: Gabriela Yareliz I write this in reflection of what we have been witnesses to, in the past two years. I won’t pretend to be some brave crusader, as I recognize in retrospect that in important moments, my dissent was aContinue reading “Leadership”

Suffering

By: Gabriela Yareliz I have so been enjoying the book Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas. I was deeply interested in Bonhoeffer’s thoughts about the churches he encountered while in the United States and more specifically, New York. He found much of the messaging and preaching shallow. He found a lack of focus on Christ, but interestingly,Continue reading “Suffering”

Inspired to Be Original

By: Gabriela Yareliz As I read the homages in the passing of Joan Didion, I see a lot of people noting that they wanted to write like her and be like her. One writer wrote that “What Would Didion Do?” was a guiding principle of her life. What I find so interesting about certain figuresContinue reading “Inspired to Be Original”

King

By: Gabriela Yareliz This Christmas season, if there is anything that stood out to me the most from the familiar Christmas story it was its humility. The bleak circumstance of it all. How the God of the universe’s arrival frustrated every expectation. His parents filled with the same anxieties that overwhelm us, at times. TheContinue reading “King”

Joan Didion

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want, and what I fear.” Joan Didion By: Gabriela Yareliz Many of us who love reading and writing mourn a legendary writer, Joan Didion. I’ve seen so many people reflecting on: her essaysContinue reading “Joan Didion”

December 2021 Quotes

By: Gabriela Yareliz These are some of the quotes that have been spinning through my mind, these days: One “We have a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws,” Martin Luther King, Jr. once said. These days, I wonder what that looks like and what that would mean exactly. I am currently reading Eric Metaxas’ bookContinue reading “December 2021 Quotes”

Will You Hear It?

By: Gabriela Yareliz As we mourn the loss of Carlos Marin, I had Il Divo playing in the background just dissolving me to tears. These artists, even after they are gone, they stay with us. Sometimes, it’s eery, and sometimes, it’s comforting. We can watch a movie, open a book, or hear a song, andContinue reading “Will You Hear It?”

Carlos Marin

By: Gabriela Yareliz Writing with condolences to the family of Carlos Marin and the Il Divo family. We have lost one of the greatest vocalists to come out of Spain (and the world, to be honest) to this virus that has flipped the world upside down. There is so much that will just never beContinue reading “Carlos Marin”

Live Nativity, Please!

By: Gabriela Yareliz I walk around my neighborhood hoping that, somehow, I will stumble upon a live nativity scene. You know, people dressed up and real animals. I thought about calling our councilman, state assembly senator and the dweeb who wants to run for re-election after he lost the last cycle. Yes. They could beContinue reading “Live Nativity, Please!”

The Inner Room

“Do not be swayed by the opinions of others. The secret to breaking free from confusion.” The Art of Simple Living, Shunmyo Masuno By: Gabriela Yareliz All of us can have an inner room. It’s sort of like an inner chamber of the soul to where we can retreat to find stillness and peace. WiseContinue reading “The Inner Room”