highs, lows & the mess in the middle

Aug 20

#staycation  (at La Fruteria Rockaway Beach NYC)

#staycation (at La Fruteria Rockaway Beach NYC)

Aug 17

Tonight, via a tiny photo, I met my great grandfather Benito Prieto. An inscription on the back tells us he is 22 and the year is 1924. This photo is a gift to his girlfriend Julia Rubio of Texas, who would later become his wife and my namesake.

Tonight, via a tiny photo, I met my great grandfather Benito Prieto. An inscription on the back tells us he is 22 and the year is 1924. This photo is a gift to his girlfriend Julia Rubio of Texas, who would later become his wife and my namesake.

Aug 15

Ok fine. 6:45 AM has it perks. #nofilter #elpaso

Ok fine. 6:45 AM has it perks. #nofilter #elpaso

Aug 13

"Julia, you must be at least 18 years old." - Laura #nofilter #texasnights

"Julia, you must be at least 18 years old." - Laura #nofilter #texasnights

Aug 11

humansofnewyork:

These children are members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, who are one of many minorities deemed expendable by ISIS militants. In the last few days, ISIS has moved into their villages and taken their homes. Tens of thousands of the villagers fled into a nearby range of mountains. Realizing this, ISIS circled the mountains with guns, blocked all the roads, and waited for them to die of thirst in the 120 degree heat. These children belonged to some of the families lucky enough to escape. While their parents were panicking about their relatives trapped in the mountains, these kids found a quiet place to play. I found them banging on some cans. I asked them what they were doing. “We’re building a car,” they said. "Isn’t that cute," I thought. "They’re imagining the cans are cars."When I came back 5 minutes later, they had punctured holes in all four cans. Using two metal wires as axles, they turned the cans into wheels, and attached them to the plastic crate lying nearby. They’d built a car. (Dohuk, Iraq)

humansofnewyork:

These children are members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, who are one of many minorities deemed expendable by ISIS militants. In the last few days, ISIS has moved into their villages and taken their homes. Tens of thousands of the villagers fled into a nearby range of mountains. Realizing this, ISIS circled the mountains with guns, blocked all the roads, and waited for them to die of thirst in the 120 degree heat. These children belonged to some of the families lucky enough to escape. While their parents were panicking about their relatives trapped in the mountains, these kids found a quiet place to play. I found them banging on some cans. I asked them what they were doing. “We’re building a car,” they said. 
"Isn’t that cute," I thought. "They’re imagining the cans are cars."

When I came back 5 minutes later, they had punctured holes in all four cans. Using two metal wires as axles, they turned the cans into wheels, and attached them to the plastic crate lying nearby. They’d built a car. (Dohuk, Iraq)

Jul 31

Where’s Rocio? #tbt

Where’s Rocio? #tbt

Jul 26

I’m on a boat. And it’s a bar.  (at GRAND BANKS)

I’m on a boat. And it’s a bar. (at GRAND BANKS)

West side of the Freedom tower, looking straight up. #howfreedomlooks

West side of the Freedom tower, looking straight up. #howfreedomlooks