Deli Dreams (Part II)

Welcome to 2022 (and my deli tour of NYC). If you missed Part I, check it out here. As noted, I am on this tour to talk to local deli employees and owners about their hopes and dreams for 2022. (They are New York’s coolest). I met some really interesting people along the way. NeverContinue reading “Deli Dreams (Part II)”

Deli Dreams (Part I)

Welcome to 2022. To start the new year, I thought we would start with some hopes and dreams. Some of the coolest people in NYC are deli owners and employees. They see it all. (And what is more iconic than a NYC deli and the little black bag they give you for your snacks?) IContinue reading “Deli Dreams (Part I)”

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”

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”

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!”

Nourishment for Hard Times

By: Gabriela Yareliz Where We Are What does it look like to confront moments of uncertainty? We all do it, day after day. I was listening to a doctor on a podcast who is temporarily staying in Harlem, and she was talking about how there is a depressive cloud over NYC. The subways are silent.Continue reading “Nourishment for Hard Times”

The Anatomy of a Sabbath Meal

By: Gabriela Yareliz Happy Sabbath to any and all who may be reading this shortly after my posting. Sabbath is characterized as a day of rest. In my words, a huge sigh of relief. Work has been all too consuming lately (but grateful for it), but all of the recent commotion, tensions and transitions haveContinue reading “The Anatomy of a Sabbath Meal”

The Actor: Luis Guzmán

By: Gabriela Yareliz Those who know me, know that this man makes me smile. (Nothing Like the Holidays is a classic. That scene when they play baseball in the snow…). I think it’s fair to call Luis Guzmán an actor and comedian. The roles he takes often make us laugh. He is someone who hasContinue reading “The Actor: Luis Guzmán”

My Goggles

By: Gabriela Yareliz Tonight, I was transported back to the early 2000s. (I watched How to Deal). I know I take you back there a lot, and I think it’s because there was a purity to how unique we were then. We had to be, in a world with no social media or influencers. WeContinue reading “My Goggles”

Creators

By: Gabriela Yareliz I was doing a mini-course this week on the Commune platform by Koya Webb. She talks a lot about freedom, healing and she just seems so sweet and full of good energy. She said something during the course that I loved, which is the fact that we are each “creators not victims.”Continue reading “Creators”