Being Human: Look Ugly in a Photograph

“The more you see the less you know The less you find out as you go I knew much more then than I do now” City of Blinding Lights, U2 By: Gabriela Yareliz GREAT EXPECTATIONS Expectations can be a funny thing. This week, I experienced this, first-hand. I was going to exchange letters with someone…

Being Human: Emotion In Our Veins

“What is most striking to me today about the diary I kept in the camp, seventy-five years ago, is what I left out.” Zuzana Justman By: Gabriela Yareliz WHAT IS LEFT UNSAID I was struck by a piece I read in The New Yorker, called My Terezin Diary, about a holocaust survivor, Zuzana Justman, looking…

Gabriela and the Awful, Rainy, Bad-News-Filled Day

* [Yes, this title is a play on: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, published in 1972, written by Judith Viorst.] By: Gabriela Yareliz What a day it has been. It was a combination of stress, bad news and having to hold in emotions. I had to walk through the rain…

Being Human: Being Art

“To create is to reflect the image of God. To create is an act of worship.” Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art By: Gabriela Yareliz I want us to talk about the way we show ourselves to the world. Recently at church, we were discussing how humans…

Being Human: Here Comes Autumn

FALL TRANSITION By: Gabriela Yareliz And here we are. Inside of my little studio, French jazz playing, little amber candles burning and the drawers of my dresser only half closed. That’s the way it goes on a Friday where I don’t want to leave my house anymore, and I just want to start my sentence…

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…

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,…