A July Photo Diary

By: Gabriela Yareliz Warm New York summer rain threatens my unspoken plan. The rain is soft and glittery. It should be bottled up and sold as perfume. It paints the sky grey and paints us wet. In my search of the skyline for a perfect rooftop, I spot the flamingo tree. It’s sassy in its…

Construction Paper Hearts

(A vulnerable and open brain dump that marks the beginning of some serious healing. Proceed if you dare.) By: Gabriela Yareliz Some of us in the world experience a deep rejection and distancing from a close family member. Maybe, it’s a sibling or even a spouse. Where close love can exist, true pain can also…

Pad Man

Countless Bollywood actors are rising up in support of the film Pad Man, based on the true story of a man whose pad-making skills changed India and women’s health. It’s a fantastic film celebrating a feminine hygiene pioneer. It has been powerful to see some of India’s most famous faces holding a pad. No big…

On My Way

By: Gabriela Yareliz I like my peaceful homebody moments. I will be in my kitchen, chopping away and intrigued by all of my senses. I learn so much in those moments of edible chemistry. Last week, as I stirred a risotto to death, I learned that vegetable stock and vegetable broth are not the same…

Memories: Washington, D.C. & Maryland

One hot summer day in the capital. Blerta and I were office mates. We were affectionately called, “The meanies.” In other words, don’t mess with us. This panel was so fantastic. Exploring Maryland with my host family. Mucho, the dog. We had an interesting relationship that summer. Wearing those Spain stripes. I love exploring cemeteries….

San Antonio Adventures, Pt. 1

By: Gabriela Yareliz In 2015, thanks to a friend’s extreme kindness (he heard us sing from Florida to Texas on a road trip) and my family’s sense of adventure, I had the opportunity to visit San Antonio, Texas. It was beautiful. I loved it so much. Texas left a fantastic impression on me. I would…

Ségolène

By: Gabriela Yareliz It’s no secret that Nicolas Sarkozy holds a very special place on my “fascinating politicians” list. Okay, I admit it, he’s at the top of the list. Meeting him and speaking with him was pretty much mind-blowing. A fantastic birthday gift, God, very thoughtful. In 2007, Sarko was challenged in his race…

Memories: Karla and Gabriela Play

By: Gabriela Yareliz A special throwback to my friend Karla and me, playing in an empty playground on a warm, Florida November day.