This Month’s Picks: July 2014

[Change 'medical school' to 'law school' and her face to mine. The struggle is real.]

By: Gabriela Yareliz

 “We’re almost there and nowhere near it. All that matters is we’re going.”

— Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls.

Oh July! Why is it that I feel more disciplined during the semester as opposed to during summer? (I am laughing as I say this because we all know how law school semesters go). School is coming. As we enjoy the last month of summer, let’s embrace it with everything it has for us. ;-)

1] Recreational Reading

Now is the time for rec. reading before the semester enslaves us all to our textbooks:

Latino Americans, Ray Suarez

Hard Choices, Hillary Rodham Clinton

A Philosophy of Walking, Frederic Gros

An Unexpected Guest, Anne Korkeakivi


From: Peace is Every Step, by Thich Nhat Hanh

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

“Every step makes a flower bloom under our feet. We can do it only if we do not think of the future or the past, if we know that life can only be found in the present moment.”



5] Anger. We all need to learn how to deal with it.

“We know that anger can be a kind of compost, and that it is within its power to give birth to something beautiful.”– Thich Nhat Hanh

6] This is how it’s done

7] Pigeons in New York are flying mighty low

Dear Pigeons,

You flew into my friend’s face. You have almost gotten tangled with my hair. Please add a couple more feet of altitude to your flight path. Please don’t launch yourselves at us from fences and sidewalks in a slow way when we are right in front of you. Some are scared of your parasites and grayness. I think you are cute, but I don’t want you in my face.



PS. To the pigeons who lived in the window across the way from mine, I am sorry the temple put spikes where you used to frolic. I miss you and your coos, terribly.

Cute children's book that I would totally buy.

Cute children’s book that I would totally buy.

8] Feminine products

Men don’t know what it’s like to walk through a store with feminine products and be stared down. When you pay, you double bag it, but then at the intersection, while waiting to cross a handsome fellow looks at you across the street. He looks down at the bag, and then looks back up at your face. Then, you realize that both bags are transparent, so it doesn’t matter that you double bagged. He saw the brand; he saw everything. Well, that was fun.

9] Dear Abby was on point this month:

Dear Abby: I am a young woman hoping to find “The One.” But I have come to realize I’m not the normal female. I don’t get manicures or go shopping. (I hate shopping!) When I meet a guy, he likes that I’m “me,” but if we get serious, then I’m either “too independent,” “too outspoken” or “not girly enough.”

I don’t want to change myself or pretend to be someone I’m not. One minute they like that I’m independent and can fend for myself; the next they don’t like that I don’t depend on them to pay bills, etc.

Why is it always a double standard? Men like strong women until they are with one. Then they can’t handle it. Maybe I’m too much for the men where I live. Is it possible for me to find someone?

— Independent Female In Louisiana

Dear Independent Female: Welcome to the wonderful world of dating. While some may think of dating as a popularity contest, it’s really more like sifting for a gold nugget. It takes a lot of people years to strike gold — and it’s the same with dating. Is it possible to find someone? Absolutely! But it takes time, stamina and a sense of humor to survive the process.”

Find more Dear Abby, here.

The struggle is real. [The phrase of the summer]

10] Candidly Nicole: Because life is comedy.

I have always been a fan of Nicole Richie. She is a bit crazy, sometimes a little vulgar, but she is honest and has the right amount of attitude. I have loved watching her go from crazy socialite to entrepreneur hilarious mother over the years. She’s back.

11] Speaking of Nicole Richie, her husband just came out with a new song. That is right, after a long break the Madden brothers are back! I don’t remember hearing these guys since junior high. I love their new song. This is how you do a comeback.

12] These two having another kid.

13] My last year of law school is soon to begin.

14] Many of us are having Mindy Kaling comedy withdraws (she says out loud what has crossed all of our minds). Proof that the working life (life post-student life) can be fun.

15] A little Bridgitte Bardot for the summer soul (the song and inspiration for late summer Miss Dior Cherie by Sofia Coppola)

16] The turbans should be worn (on Alia Bhatt)

17] Sonam Kapoor is RETRO

18] Princess Diaries

I approve. I approve of Fawad Khan. I approve of Sonam’s pom-pom hat and her large mischievous eyes.

Khoobsurat. Check out the trailer:

It will probably be fantastic.

Ainhoa y Ulises

By: Gabriela Yareliz

“Que cuando te tengo a 10 centimetros de mi, el Corazon se me sale por la boca.” –Ulises

“Quiero decirte que te quiero todas las mañanas y todos los segundos y que no voy a parar hasta conseguirlo y hasta que me muera de no dormir, de no tenerte, de no entenderte voy a quererte como tú me pides, sin preguntas.”–Ulises

El Barco 2×03: La última balsa del Queen America

Hold on

Because faith is not a feeling…

From Ellen G. White

After Praying, Continue to Claim the Promise—After the prayer is made, if the answer is not realized immediately, do not weary of waiting and become unstable. Waver not. Cling to the promise, ‘Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.’ Like the importunate widow, urge your case, being firm in your purpose. Is the object important and of great consequence to you? It certainly is. Then waver not, for your faith may be tried. If the thing you desire is valuable, it is worthy of a strong, earnest effort. You have the promise; watch and pray. Be steadfast and the prayer will be answered; for is it not God who has promised? If it costs you something to obtain it you will prize it the more when obtained. You are plainly told that if you waver you need not think that you shall receive anything of the Lord. A caution is here given not to become weary, but to rest firmly upon the promise. If you ask, He will give you liberally and upbraid not.”—(Testimonies for the Church 2:131.) – {Pr 80.2}

Immigration: France to Offer Asylum


Way to go France! The great republic is opening its doors to Iraqi Christians who are being persecuted. This is a proud moment for the nation. It echoes what Sweden did with Syrian refugees.

To read the article: English | French

“Ask the travelled inhabitant of any nation, in what country on earth would you rather live? Certainly, in my own, where are all my friends, my relations, and the earliest and sweetest affections and recollections of my life. Which would be your second choice? France.”-Thomas Jefferson

The promised land awaits.

Take a Walk With Me: Through Greenwich Village

Photo by: Gabriela Yareliz

Photo by: Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz

One of my favorite places to take a stroll, no matter what the season, is through Greenwich Village; truly one of the best places in NYC. I am honored and blessed to be a part of the neighborhood. I am into the old fashion simplicity and tree-lined streets. This neighborhood offers exactly that, complete with a farmer’s market. Let’s just say living here makes you feel like a princess. A princess surrounded by madness, but a princess, nonetheless.

By: Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz

My mom helped me move into my apartment two years ago (where does the time go?). We were looking for a place to eat after our exhausting day, and we ran into a classy, woman d’un certain age. I remember she was a scarf and lipstick wearing kind soul. She told us where we could find what we were looking for. These are the types of people you run into. Every morning, I see men suited up, leaving their Fifth Ave. apartments and getting into their every-morning taxis. Fathers go to the park and time each other doing pushups while their children climb jungle gyms. Nanny’s walk children to school or summer camp and stop to make their morning coffee and magazine runs at the street kiosks and carts. Then, there are the students of the area. They flock to the parks and take over every bench.

By: Gabriela Yareliz, Perry Street.  Who doesn't want to live on Perry?

By: Gabriela Yareliz, Perry Street. Who doesn’t want to live on Perry?

It’s a neighborhood where you could easily spot a police chase (the police was in a taxi car chasing down another taxi–I do not lie), but you could also spot a really quiet garden filled with intellectuals talking and reading. The streets remind me of Europe. It’s not hard to get a compliment from people on the street. It’s also more common to hear multiple languages and see small families.

By: Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz On the corner of Broadway and 11th St.

By: Gabriela Yareliz
On the corner of Broadway and 11th St.

People shop organic. Yes, this would be the neighborhood where we buy overpriced cilantro. Residents still buy books; and sometimes, they do book swaps on the steps of their brownstones. Residents eat gelato, try to avoid mobs of tourists following a clipboard-holding leader, and ride the ubiquitous Citi Bikes.

By: Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz [This is my disheveled walk look.]

After you live in The Village, it’s hard to imagine living anywhere else in the city. It envelops you; you feel safe. It spoils you. It charms you. The more you explore it, the more sure you are that it is truly a world all on its own. The rest of Manhattan fades. It’s a world, that despite its madness, paradoxes and simplicity, it begs you not to escape.