Running Through the Sprinklers

By: Gabriela Yareliz Summer. I remember the hot Michigan and Charleston summers. You could find me on my couch eating a frozen Go-Gurt tube, the buttery soft frozen yogurt melting in my mouth, while deep in my reading list. I was always determined to be top in the summer reading program. Back in the day,Continue reading “Running Through the Sprinklers”

An Uncomfortable Topic

By: Gabriela Yareliz A scene keeps playing over and over again, in my head. Summer of 2009, I visited France and did a stage with the French government. We were living in a small French mariner village. I gathered with young people from around the world (whom I love— friends for life), and what weContinue reading “An Uncomfortable Topic”

Studio Update 25

By: Gabriela Yareliz I am up like a kid, under the covers while the space heater hums in the background, waiting to get in trouble because I should be asleep. There is no one to berate me. My apartment still has a coolness to it from having the window open all day. Yesterday’s rain remindedContinue reading “Studio Update 25”

Sunday Girl: August 14, 2016

“When you live with soul… Every thought is a prayer; Every word is a blessing; Every single day is a miracle.” Cleo By: Gabriela Yareliz It has been one of those Sundays. My hair has been piled up, on top of my head, making me look like a Teletubbie, all day. (Like Laa Laa, theContinue reading “Sunday Girl: August 14, 2016”

Friday Glee: August 12, 2016

[Image from The Daily Mail] By: Gabriela Yareliz The heat advisory is on. It’s hot, muggy and rain + thunder are looming over our entire weekend, in NYC. Back-to-school vibes are everywhere. The week has me wiped out. My brain is so dead. This week, I managed to lose a bra. Well, I guess theContinue reading “Friday Glee: August 12, 2016”

Reflections Before Bedtime #88

By: Gabriela Yareliz summer We will be the ones to run around in warm summer rain, until we are soaked and our chests are heaving from so much laughter. Our hair, stuck like wet yarn, on our faces and skin. Raindrops will run in paths paved by tears long ago. Sweet heat; and sweet healing.Continue reading “Reflections Before Bedtime #88”

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.Continue reading “Memories: Washington, D.C. & Maryland”

San Antonio Adventures, Pt. 2

By: Gabriela Yareliz Visiting the Alamo was memorable. This property is absolutely gorgeous. Old world charm. Luis’ profile. My favorite kind of selfie. This Mexican folk art boutique was exquisite. Meet me by the river! Thank you, San Antonio. You were clean, friendly, gorgeous and a perfect summer adventure.

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 wouldContinue reading “San Antonio Adventures, Pt. 1”

Warm New Orleans Afternooon

By: Gabriela Yareliz Last week was mild in New York City. It was filled with overcast skies and warm rain. A classic man in a Stetson hat offered me his umbrella on one of the rainy days. He said he couldn’t stand to watch my beautiful hair get wet. It was a fresh blow dryContinue reading “Warm New Orleans Afternooon”