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Ariella Brodie-Weisberg

Ariella Brodie-Weisberg is passionate about experiencing moments in all their beauty, writing, and getting out of her head to laugh a little. She is involved in mentoring students in her community, the LGBTQ+ community, and plays rugby. She is inspired by little moments and the people she gets to meet. Her favorite poem is The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, who writes, "It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence." Her goals for the year are to create meaningful connections both because of and despite cultural differences, learn how she can be a more patient and compassionate person, and to laugh with people.


My mom, a culture of her own

March 19, 2019

The way I am Debora’s daughter is nothing like I am my mother’s daughter. In California I am the daughter of a woman who has seen me develop since birth, who can pull memories like tarot cards that explain the confusions I often bring to her. I’m an intense kid, she’s an intense woman. She...

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Interviewing with Rocks in my Mouth

November 25, 2018

Upon arriving in Garopaba, a feeling of unwelcomeness seeped into every space I occupied, both internal and external. I felt too intense, too radical, too political too masculine, too much of too many things. I considered my queerness, something that informs most of what I do, to be a great burdon. I did not see...

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Some Notes on Leaving to Return

August 25, 2018

To my friends and family,   In thinking about leaving for Brazil, I have thought a lot about running away. Running away from Oakland, from the tough persona I developed in high school. Running from parts of my life that I didn’t know how to process or sit in. I thought I didn’t know how...

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