It’s been a week since my last post. I did this on purpose because I wanted some time off from writing my personal feelings on the page. This doesn’t mean I have not been actively out there in the meta …

00062: Why not? Read more »

That’s right! Today is my birthday and unlike other birthdays that are quietly acknowledge through a small gathering or a trip to New York or Disneyland, this birthday, on April 3, 2021, is being acknowledge with humility because I’m overwhelmed …

00061: My Bday! Read more »

30 Days, 30 times! Today marks the end of my second 30-day Minimalism Challenge/Game. It was relatively easy to do but a little challenging in terms of how my life is at the moment and how the pandemic has make …

00060: FINISH! Read more »

Today I woke up feeling good. And then, suddenly, I just started crying. I know I’m happy but there are moments when I simply start to cry out of the blues. I have been dealing with a lot since October …

00059: Melancholy Read more »

25 Days, twenty-five items I must say that this challenge is becoming a habit. I mean, nowadays I find myself looking at stuff and I automatically pick it up with the desire to “get rid of” it. I ask myself, …

00059: Twenty-Five Days! Read more »

Day 20, twenty items My calendar says that today is March 20, 2021, the beginning of spring. Most importantly, today marks 20 days of my 30-day 2.0 Minimalism Challenge. That’s right. I’m into the first twenty days of the challenge …

00058: Spring Time Read more »

15 days, fifteen items I have arrived to the 15th day of the 30-day 2.0 Minimalism Challenge and once again I feel excited and motivated. The second time around is much better and I feel I am slowly accomplishing my …

00056: Halfway Through Read more »

Last night my husband and I watched a new film from Taiwan, Your Name Engraved Herein. The film is about two high school students falling in love. The themes explored in the film, as well as the message, triggered memories …

00055: HEARTBROKEN Read more »

10 days, ten items I’ve reached the first ten days of my 30-day 2.0 Minimalism Challenge. It’s been easy. I see something I had not used or seen in a long time, off it goes. It makes me laugh because …

00054: 10 Days / Sadness Read more »

Day 5, five items So the fifth day of the second 30-day challenge arrived. So far, so good. It’s easy. Now, instead of thinking what I want to get rid of, I just pick whatever I see that hasn’t been …

00052: Day 5 Read more »

Day 1, one item As many of you know, I’m a playwright, and as part of my writing process sometimes I travel to do research on certain topics. For a long time I’ve been wanting to write a play about …

00051: El Poster de Diego Rivera Read more »

It’s very strange but today, being the first of March, feels like a brand new day to me. I mean, I know it is a new day but I sense a force of positive energy and a desire to shout, …

00050: Brand New Day! Read more »

30 days, thirty items Wow! I cannot believe it! I’m starting to write this post just ten minutes before 9 AM on Sunday, February 28, 2021, and I’m feeling incredibly accomplished because I was able to achieve one of my …

00049: 30-day Minimalism Game/Challenge Completed!!! Read more »

29th Day, twenty-nine items I cannot believe I’m one day away from completing the challenge. My office is almost down, but not the closet. I realized last night that the challenge was to declutter for 30 days, not declutter and …

00048: Stuff! Read more »

28th Day, twenty-eight items Books! Books! And more books coming out of my office. There are three full containers, and the one at the bottom with the white lid is bigger than the two with dark lids. I counted the …

00047: Books and more Books! Read more »

The last couple of weeks have been very emotionally tough. As I said in one of my earlier posts, I use writing as a tool to deal with my feelings. Yet, I have not written much about the burden I’ve …

00046: Emotional Burden Read more »

27 days, twenty-seven items I’m getting closer to the end of my 30-day Minimalism Game/Challenge. And the more I continue to clean, the more stuff I find that was once useful but now can be removed from my life. Because …

00045: A New Awakening! Read more »

26 days, twenty-six items Growing up I always wanted to have a portfolio for school but those things were not in a my reach. Once I became I professor, I started buying portfolios. Some where really good, others were okay …

00044: Bags Read more »

25 days, twenty-five items These two boxes have books, 122 books to be exact. Books that have already been claimed and will be delivered soon. I wanted to celebrate 25 days of the game/challenge by posting about some of the …

00043: Boxes Read more »

24 Days, twenty-four items Like everyone else, I had posters to decorate my walls since I was a teenager. Then, as I went through undergrad and graduate school, I obtained posters that said something about me in relations to my …

00041: Posters Read more »

I got my heart broken when I was a kid. I was in elementary school maybe in third of fourth grade. I don’t know; I don’t remember. My older sister had a best friend who used to come over the …

00040: First Crush? Read more »

23 Days, twenty-three items As I declutter my home office, I’m finding that I have stuff I bought many years ago and I never used. In the image, for example, on the upper right corner there is a book, a …

00039: Random Stuff Again Read more »

22 Days, twenty-two items I still cannot believe the amount of stuff I have accumulated in one single room. People, I have eight days to go and I still have not touched one quarter of my home office and the …

00038: Cultural Representation Read more »

21 Days, twenty-one items Wow! I’m getting rid of posters and things I have kept for years. And no, I’m not talking four or five years but 16 to 20 years. Somewhere among those posters, there is one of me, …

00037: Eva Peron Read more »

20 Days, twenty items I imagine I’m a very wealthy man. My husband and I don’t wear jewels at all but we do have plenty of them for reasons we don’t really think about it. We’re rich, why does it …

00036: The “Jewels” of the family Read more »

19 Days, nineteen items My family never had enough money to afford a “family doctor.” We always went to social services center to get medical attention. Needless to say, I had to figure out on my own what was happening …

00035: Self-Help Books & Graphic Novels Read more »

18 Days, eighteen items So far, I have dug out, not one, not two, not three, but four different bags/storage boxes with postcards. When I was younger and unable to travel, I decided that collecting postcards would be a way …

00033: Postcards Read more »

17 Days, seventeen items Yes, I am obsessed with Dr. Who and I do have a lot of paraphernalia regarding this show and characters. Most of it is at my school office though, in fact the two boxed items you …

00031: Dr. Who Again Read more »

16 Days, sixteen items After 15 days of playing the 30-Day Minimalism Game, I’m starting to notice an awareness about the stuff I have in the house. This morning for example, I was in the bathroom and I noticed there …

00030: Finally Letting Go! Read more »

Day 15, fifteen items I cannot believe I made it half way through the 30-day minimalism game (challenge!) It has not been easy, mainly because I have to move things from one end of my home office to the other …

00028: The Midpoint of the 30-Day Minimalism Game! Read more »

Day 14, fourteen items If you are closed to me, you know that I am an avid fan of Dr. Who. Actor Tom Baker, you played Dr. Who in the early 70s was the first doctor I met. Then life …

00026: UK Day Read more »

Day 13, thirteen items I have to acknowledge that I became a little too confident at the beginning of the 30-Day Minimalism Game by counting several items that were the same type of items as one single item. Now that …

00025: The Millennium Falcon Read more »

Less than a week ago several (more than three) members of my family tested positive for COVID-19, among, my mamá and an aunt. Why so many people you ask? Because my mamá’s house is a multi-generational household and those who …

00024: I Know I’m Not Alone Read more »

Day 12, twelve items By now, you know I love writing and so, in my many trips to the bookstore I have bought writing journals because my intentions are always to “jot things down.” I imagine myself in a café …

00023: Journals Read more »

Day 11, eleven items I saw the musical WICKED on Broadway in 2007. I was attending a conference with one of my best colleagues and friends and we decided we needed to see three Broadways shows: We saw The Color …

00022: Wicked Read more »

Day 10, ten items Let’s start with the obvious. The big black binder or folder or whatever you want to call it is not part of the 10 items. I simply used to keep the box in place. Got that? …

00021: The UPS Box Read more »

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… actually it was just two years ago in my own house. For some reason, maybe it was one of those days, I had a very strong desire to own a …

00019: Lightsabers Read more »

Day 8, eight items Eight items are part of the above image but only two of them matter: the rainbow fox tails. These two tails belonged to my late sister. She and her only daughter, the youngest of her children, …

00018: Rainbow Fox Tails Read more »

For many years, family and friends have sent me letters, postcards, and birthday cars. There was a time when I would make an effort to send “thank you” notes. I have not idea when such practice ended for me. In …

00018: Letters Read more »

For many people, the pandemic has become a polarizing issue where some people believe the virus is real while others believe it is fake.  Within those that believe the pandemic is a real health threat, there are people who follow …

00016: What Brews Under My Skin Read more »

Day 5, five items Today marks the fifth day of my 30-day Minimalism Game and the process is much harder than I thought. In one of their podcast, “The Minimalists” Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus talked about how around …

00014: Five Things Read more »

Day 4, four items In the fall of 2019 (which seems like ages ago), I was directing my own play “Frida Kahlo: The Woman; The Artist.” It wasn’t a smooth experience because people kept dropping the show and replacing them …

00011: Random Stuff, 2 Read more »

Day 3, three items Except for the “Travel Ireland Magazine” there is nothing special about these items. The magazines (there are three), were part of a trip I took to Dublin for a Gay Theatre Festival where I participated with …

00010: Random Stuff, 1 Read more »

Every time I visit my mother, I look around her house and see that every surface, every corner, every wall, every space is her house is filled with stuff that has taken over her living space. We have talked about …

0009: Is it in my Blood? Read more »

Day 2, two items The first time I went to Disneyland was back in 1991. The person I went with, my adopted mother (more about that later), bought me a Steamboat Willie plush toy to remember the occasion. Years, later, …

0008: The Two Mickeys Read more »

Day 1, one item.  About two years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a conference by and for people of color. I did not attend alone, there were many other colleagues from my college. After a long day attending …

0007: The Leg Read more »