August 2022 Favorites

Greetings! Another month has gone, “poof!” and it floats away into the sky. This month, it felt like I read 20 books at the same time. Bad news about the economy and tons of primary info seemed to be front and center, throughout August (midterm elections approach, slow and steady). It was a month ofContinue reading “August 2022 Favorites”

Outside of the Pattern

Expectations can rob us. Ironically, we are surrounded by these expectations. We think that by a certain age you: have to be married; have a certain type of job; have to have kids, not get divorced. It does work out like this for some. When life doesn’t work out in these specific patterns, that, let’sContinue reading “Outside of the Pattern”

I’m Not Moving

By: Gabriela Yareliz I had this song’s melody stuck in my head. I only remembered a part of the lyrics, something about “missing me”. I found out a ton of songs have that lyric as I searched high and low. I hummed it to every app and device imaginable. I searched the Top 40 listsContinue reading “I’m Not Moving”

American Wealth: Teen Angst & the Driver’s License

By: Gabriela Yareliz “A man goes where he wants, when he wants,” Daniel Castellano says on The Mindy Project when standing in line for the 100th time at the DMV to try to pass his driving test. The United States is filled with open space. In 97% of this country, I would say you needContinue reading “American Wealth: Teen Angst & the Driver’s License”

A Lesson from Ms. Hilton (Loves It)

By: Gabriela Yareliz It’s 2004. For Christmas, I get the new Paris Hilton fragrance with a black quilted handbag that has a little compact in it, and it has the name “Paris Hilton” embroidered into it in bright pink. The greatly coveted and cherished gift set. If you were a teen in the early 2000s,Continue reading “A Lesson from Ms. Hilton (Loves It)”

American Wealth: Freedom & Rebellion

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” Benjamin Franklin By: Gabriela Yareliz It’s Independence Day. A day that reminds us that a ragtag bunch with a burning passion and insatiable desire for liberty can prevail. We have grown in this country to value duty, courage and sacrifice. This moving WW2 veteran has gone viral. HisContinue reading “American Wealth: Freedom & Rebellion”

American Wealth: Summers

By: Gabriela Yareliz As I write this, I am laughing because my air conditioner is failing. (Great timing, AC, great timing). Just as I was going to speak about the aspects of what makes an American summer. Here are some things I have learned from other people and life experience– one is that there areContinue reading “American Wealth: Summers”

June 2022 Favorites

By: Gabriela Yareliz A new month begins. June was filled with really magical and fun moments. There were victories, excitement, and stress. It was sort of a harvest month. There are months when we cultivate and months when we reap the result of serious efforts and grace. I read some incredible books on entertaining, startedContinue reading “June 2022 Favorites”

American Wealth

By: Gabriela Yareliz “I arrived with $20 I borrowed. I was clutching it in my hand. I didn’t even put it in my pocket because I didn’t want anyone to steal it,” he told me. I leaned against the elevator door frame while listening to his story about how he arrived to the United StatesContinue reading “American Wealth”

The Jagged Lines

By: Gabriela Yareliz Erwin McManus wrote recently that we pick certain studies and professions because something deep inside of us sort of seeks something in that. He gives the example of his wife, a woman who was orphaned at 8 years old, who then went on to be a teacher for eight-year-old kids. While sheContinue reading “The Jagged Lines”