Carried Home

By: Gabriela Yareliz Recently, my fiancĂ© (yes– you read that right!) and I were driving back from a farm outside of the city. Taconic State Parkway, y’all. Unwillingly crawling our way back into Gotham City. It was late, and it’s a dark highway. The only thing illuminating those narrow, dark winding roads was the occasionalContinue reading “Carried Home”

The Attorney: Kimberly Guilfoyle

By: Gabriela Yareliz When I first heard of Kimberly Guilfoyle, I’ll admit I judged her based on politics (as an Independent, both parties are fair game. Ha!) When I researched more about her, I realized that she was raised by a Puerto Rican mother who was a special education teacher. Her mother passed away dueContinue reading “The Attorney: Kimberly Guilfoyle”

The Fighters: Nikki and Brie Bella

By: Gabriela Yareliz I am a HUGE Nikki and Brie Bella fan. Their beautiful book, Incomparable, details growing up with a young mom and dad who were in an abusive relationship, how they were a surprise to a teen mom, their difficult and almost nonexistent childhood, their parent’s divorce, rape, the death of a lovedContinue reading “The Fighters: Nikki and Brie Bella”

The Designer: Nancy Gonzalez

By: Gabriela Yareliz Her python bags go for thousands. You may remember that memorable closet scene in The Devil Wears Prada when her name is mentioned as Andy is handed a teal bag. Colombian-born designer Nancy Gonzalez has infiltrated the American and global handbag fashion world to the point of making her iconic. Her firstContinue reading “The Designer: Nancy Gonzalez”

Some Gave All

By: Gabriela Yareliz When I was young, I had a little bear that was dressed in a military uniform. I called him Lieu-teddy, short for lieutenant. My dad gave him to me when he was training to join the Air Force. I believed that if I squeezed him hard enough, my dad, out in training,Continue reading “Some Gave All”

A Letter to Louisiana

By: Gabriela Yareliz The waters will recede and return home. You’ll be home, too. The sunshine will peek out and warm the flaky paint skin on the old buildings. It will soak up the heavy rains like a mother cleaning up a wound. Its hot rays a bright Band-Aid. You’ll sit on your porch againContinue reading “A Letter to Louisiana”

Where are the Journalists?

By: Gabriela Yareliz “It’s the business in general that bothers me. It’s beyond a disgrace, and I don’t know what the proper word is to describe the mainstream news business now. It’s terrible; absolutely terrible. It’s pure propaganda.” Greg (was a writer, editor and producer for CNN and print reporter for Reuters– left the businessContinue reading “Where are the Journalists?”

Round with Mystery

By: Gabriela Yareliz We don’t always have things figured out before we start. Sometimes, all we have is a question. Beth Kempton talks about this in her summer writing course. I get that, and yet, we often foolishly want to have things figured out, a map charted, a path paved. We like neat little thingsContinue reading “Round with Mystery”

Seeing What Others Don’t

By: Gabriela Yareliz One of the most interesting books I have ever read is Seeing What Others Don’t by Gary Klein. It’s a heavy read, but I encourage anyone to pick it up. (I have a special disdain for those who are like, I’ll fill you in on what it says, as you wouldn’t beContinue reading “Seeing What Others Don’t”

Autumn Anticipation

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant By: Gabriela Yareliz It has been a strange season where tension and thick trauma linger in the air like a dense fog. But don’t worry– I am not here to dwell on that, today. We are approaching the season that makes one feel like one isContinue reading “Autumn Anticipation”