March 2022 Favorites

Happy last day of March! It’s the warmest it has been all week and the sky is cloudy. Maybe it will rain. Here are some of the things that caught my eye in this last month: “Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things thatContinue reading “March 2022 Favorites”

A String of Words

“And, when I crossed the wild, I chanced to see, at break of day, The solitary child.” Lucy Gray, or Solitude By: Gabriela Yareliz I was reading through my Winter anthology, edited by Melissa Harrison. This morning, my eyes fell on a passage (quoted above). As I was reading, I knew the words felt soContinue reading “A String of Words”

Bonhoeffer’s Journal

Even while being a minister playing games to escape the attention of the Nazi government while at the same time provoking them, Bonhoeffer kept a journal. This is how we know so much about his thoughts as he traveled, escaped trouble, landed in trouble, was imprisoned, met people and studied Scripture. This was a timeContinue reading “Bonhoeffer’s Journal”

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)”

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”

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?”

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”

Thoughts on Journaling

By: Gabriela Yareliz Some days ago, my boyfriend and I were walking, and we made a pit stop at my apartment. I needed to relieve my tiny bladder, and we were hungry and ready for a meal. I remember I went and used the bathroom, and when I came out, I saw my journal, whereContinue reading “Thoughts on Journaling”