Category Archives: Netflix & Read

The concept of “Netflix & Chill” is absolutely beyond me. I’m more about making the time to Netflix REGULARLY and reading books that help me escape to another world! Ta-dah! Introducing… “Netflix & Read!”

Why Queer Eye is the best show on Netflix right now


Like many others across the country, I’ve been utterly overwhelmed and consumed, in a good great way, with Queer Eye. Queer Eye is a reboot of the original Queer Eye, and it’s so much better. The Fab Five are still on the explicit mission to revamp the lives of men (they’ve done one woman, too!). They help these men, be it straight, gay, looking for love, looking for inspiration, and everything in between, improve various elements of their lives like fashion, room & design, food & health, grooming, and cultural enlightenment. However, I firmly believe that the Fab Five’s primary goal is to build bridges, start uncomfortable conversations, and push themselves and others to come together in the understanding that we’re all human, regardless of our race, beliefs, gender, and sexuality. YAAAS, QUEEN!

Needless to say, the Fab Five have stolen my heart and I find myself channeling my inner Bobby-Karamo-Jonathan-Antoni-Tan when making decisions. These beyond elevated men are changing the way I approach situations. It’s okay to challenge yourself and others, it’s okay to admit to not knowing how to do something, it’s okay to let go, to live, and especially, to love.

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The Sacred Act of Reading

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Reading is a sacred act for me. It’s a time that I disconnect from the exoteric world and envelop myself into the words on the page. Books are so important to my well-being that I consider it one of my values and responsibilities to spread that same love for reading to others.

As a reading teacher, I intentionally engage my students in a multitude of texts in hopes of expanding and exciting their minds and hearts. I show my students stories where the main characters are Hispanic, African-American and Asian-American, knowing that this representation gives them confirmation of their existence in this world. I carefully weave in stories about refugees, discrimination, religious persecution, and gender inequality in hopes of enlightening my students about the world around them. I do this because from reading I have learned some of life’s largest lessons and the words on a page have sometimes known me better than I’ve known myself.

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