Sufficient

By: Gabriela Yareliz Society, it fights capitalism and the patriarchy. We censor and then uncensor— we keep searching for something we can break through or break from that will liberate us from all oppressions and oppressors. I am not quite sure what made us decide that the problem is another person or an outside system….

This Past Season

“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, support, strengthen and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10 By: Gabriela Yareliz I always do enjoy putting my thoughts out into letters. It sort of shifts things in time…

Stronger in Broken Places

“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills.” Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

Community

By: Gabriela Yareliz I was walking in downtown Brooklyn, and a young black man was propelling his skateboard forward, at full speed, on the street. He was going at least three times faster than the cars around him. I had never seen anything like it, and the sound was roaring. He zoomed past me and…

Words from July 2019

By: Gabriela Yareliz These were some of the quotes that caught my ear throughout the month. I sort of ended up with a theme, I feel. Those God moments. From Erwin McManus “You cannot want a world of justice and walk away from the importance of truth. Because when we walk away from truth, we…

Emmanuel Macron: Le Déluge

By: Gabriela Yareliz Lauren Collins’ profile on Macron (in The New Yorker) and the meaning of Macronism has been floating in my head since its June 24, 2019 publishing date. He doesn’t fascinate me at the Sarkozy level, but I have to say that the profile opened him up to me. He is this complex…

Grand Hotel

By: Gabriela Yareliz There are shows like Grand Hotel (and telenovelas, in general) that attract the masses. They are deliciously dramatic, salacious and mysterious. Part of what makes the storyline what it is are the layers and layers of family secrets and deeds that are being hidden from the audience and others in the story….

Happy Birthday, America

By: Gabriela Yareliz Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. [Constitution of the United States of America,…

Puerto Rican

By: Gabriela Yareliz When I die, I want them to say they looked into my eyes and saw my fire. That I aged with my head held high by a backbone of resolve. And that with that same fire in my eyes, I confronted life without flinching. That I had the heart of Jesus, the…

June 2019 Insights

By: Gabriela Yareliz The insights of the month of June. The insights come to me in between the walks past the bakery that just opened, with its “Grand Opening” funeral flowers, getting elbowed in the face while exiting the train (almost broken glasses– nerdy much?)– only to find the permanently broken escalators of the train…