Tag: Peace!…

A Short Post About A Long Conversation

Today I had a chance to spend a lot of wonderful time talking with a really good friend of mine whom I will probably not see for the next month. She will be on the Spiritual Exercises, 30 day silent retreat, and thus in Louisiana and out of reach as of Saturday afternoon. Seeing her was a total case of serendipity, and then the proceeding conversation with her, and which mostly included another mutual friend. The conversation between the two, then three, then two of us involved many topics, including the many strengths and weaknesses of our educational institution, and how it’s so radical in many ways, yet is also overwhelmingly dealing in what is slow work. We then talked about loving people who disagree with us, and the power of language, and how relationship and then analysis can be a tool for growth, both for individuals, but also for groups.

A lot of this challenged and affirmed ways that I feel, and just as importantly, ways that I think.

Anyways, it’s nearly midnight, and I want to pray.



Look at this Movie Trailer

So, here’s a movie trailer, for a movie called Desierto.

It’s being directed by Alfonso Cuarón, and stars Gael García Bernal as “a father crossing into the United States to reunite with his son.

Now, I don’t yet know how to feel about it. Cuarón has previously directed GravityY Tu Mamá También, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and though I wasn’t fully thrilled with Gravity (I believe when I watched it, and it probably exists in text messages between Brielle and me, I called it “the greatest, most expensive deodorant commercial ever made”), it was still visually striking and very well directed. The other two movies are also both amazing, for very different reasons, though the directing has been consistently top notch.

I’m also a big fan of García Bernal, and all of the awesome work he’s been a part of, including Amazon Prime’s Mozart in the Jungle, which got it’s second season released about a week ago. It’s wonderful to see people that looks like me, in a lot of ways, finding great success in the entertainment industry. But the concept of the movie is what I find a big unnerving?

So many people have opinions on the subject of immigration, and I don’t want a movie to be but a simple response to the opinions that differ from our own. I also feel that, though I personally don’t like the idea of minute men, this movie might seem to demonize them. It also seems like it’s taking a topic that’s very real, and very personal, and attempting to make a sort of horror/thriller out of it.

Of course, we’re talking about just a trailer, and this trailer is about as much as I actually know about the movie, but I guess I just don’t want this movie to get too caught up in the story telling, to the point that it doesn’t reflect a reality that many people experience, without at least giving us a sense that these are real issues. It’s very easy in comedy to push things to extremes, which is why satire can be a very useful tool to open up opportunities for dialogue. But horror/thrillers can be a trickier route to navigate.

I hope that Cuarón and García Bernal do a fantastic job, because I look up to both of them, and I especially appreciate them creating a story that speaks more so to my own experience than necessarily a Gravity, a Harry Potter, or even a Mozart in the Jungle. I hope that this movie opens up great opportunities for dialogue and social action, and also a route to more Latino Filmmakers and Actors and such making more films and television shows and such that speak to the experiences of Latinos in this country, more so than just a story about the border, though the Latino side of this story is definitely one that needs to be told.


Merry (Basically) Christmas

So, I know it’s not Christmas. As of my writing this, there’s still an hour and 45 minutes left before it’s officially “Christmas Day,” but in the Hispanic/Latino tradition (or maybe it’s just my family, but I assume it’s a very Mexican thing), we celebrate on Noche Buena, or “the good night,” which is Christmas Eve.

So, Merry (basically) Christmas. I’ll write a legitimate post tomorrow. Take care y’all.


One of My Favorite Foods and Updates

So, I want to start out with an update:


It’s gonna be mad real, yo.

Anyway’s it’s also Halloween tomorrow. Don’t worry, I’ll post my costume tomorrow, as well. 😉

Okay, so, I love Chicken and Waffles. It might be a Jazz thing, like, since I love Jazz, I just know that Chicken and Waffles is where it’s at, but I’m not sure. All I know that, if it’s on the diner menu, it’s probably an option.

So, I want to share this video, of people enjoying the Classic for the first time.

Anyways, have a happy Halloween y’all.


Two Life Updates!

So, I have two life updates, one good, one bad, and I want to end on a good note, so…

Life Update #1: So, today has been a very trying day. It’s just been exceptionally difficult, and I carry a little xtra sadness in my heart, today. If you find yourself a person of prayer, please pray for me.

Since that’s a little depressing, let’s all get cheered up!

Life Update #2: Over the weekend, I was bored, and I made a video (comprised of Snapchats) with my roommate. The Snapchats were shared, via my Snapchat, but seeing as that only last 24 hours, and I know not a lot of people got the chance to see it, here it is, in all of it’s terribly edited glory!

Please share, if you feel so inclined. More youtube stuff to come, soon!