Empire State Building

The tower was lit green in honor of the New York Restoration Project.

Empire State Building

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “TRIO.”

Right after work on Friday, November 20th, I dropped by Macy’s Herald Square to pick up my online order. While waiting at the Pick Up Counter, I was surprised by “Ms. G! I know it’s you who ordered this.” It was Yvette, my former high school student who now works at Macy’s. What are the odds of meeting someone you know in an island that serves approximately 4 million people on a typical weekday? Believe. 

As I egressed through the store’s 34th St. exit, I was mesmerized by the Empire State Building’s green tower light. Amidst the hustle and bustle of rush hour, I could not help but pause, admire, and capture the view using my iPhone. 

The Empire State Building is New York City’s emblem as the ‘seat of empire,’ heart of the wealthiest American City, and beacon of colors of America’s melting pot.

SEAT OF EMPIRE: New York has been notably known as the Empire State. What could be a more fitting symbol of this nickname than the Empire Sate Building? The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets.

HEART OF THE CITY. The Empire State Building’s 86th and 102nd floor observatories provide breathtaking 360° views of New York City and beyond. Hence, the building is also known as the heart of The City of New York – ‘the most American of all the country’s cities’ and deemed as the largest and wealthiest American City for the past two centuries.

TOWER OF LIGHTS. The international icon of the New York Skyline, the Empire State Building’s Tower of Lights has maintained a unique and symbolic lighting displays, since 1976, to recognize various occasions and organizations throughout the year. I’d like to view the Tower of Lights as a cultural symbol – a beacon of colors – with New York City being the most ethnically diverse urban center in the country. The tower’s colors could mean a call to action, a celebration, or thanksgiving for both residents and visitors alike, in this concrete jungle of a city that is widely recognized as America’s melting pot.

Views of New York City from the Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observatory


Which Three Concepts Does New York City’s Empire State Building Symbolize?

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”

By Marietta Geraldino

Ornate is an adjective used to describe something that is ‘made in an intricate shape or decorated with complex patterns.’ These New York City buildings and architecture are definitely ornate.

Empire State Building

St. Patricks’s Cathedral

Grand Central Terminal

Radio City Music Hall

Chrysler Building

Of Art and Architecture


‘Office View’ by Genesis T. Geraldino

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Truth Serum.”

By Marietta Geraldino

Every second is a moment of choice. To do or not to do. To hate or to forgive. To be thankful or be ungrateful. To stay content or to take the risk. Choice, after all, is integral to a person’s DNA.

Our pragmatic self might say ‘why forgive?’ or ‘take the risk.’ But our theoretical self might command ‘do forgive’ or ‘don’t take the risk.’ Sometimes, we feel too hurt or too disillusioned to even think that there is such a choice or that there are such options to choose from. So, most of the times, we opt to be invisible, silent, unchoosing ….

But I choose to be grateful for all the blessings that come my way. I choose to bless the people – acquaintance, friend or foe – that led me to a moment of choice and an option of grace.

When I was appointed by my University as Interim Academic Executive Officer (AEO), one of the College Deans, who has been a ‘good’ friend since college days, refused to ‘perform’ or to present her department’s Action Plan.

When asked to explain, she replied “I cannot accept that you are now the VP for Academic Affairs.” “I think,” she continued, “Ma’am so and so is more fitting for the job.” And when invited to take a seat (we were meeting in my office), she refused the courtesy and left the office still fuming and mumbling.

I did not understand where it was coming from. Nor had I the energy to dwell on someone’s bitter pill. That was one of my inflection points.

At that moment, I chose to uphold the integrity of the Office that I was entrusted to manage. I decided that such action and inaction from a member of the Academic Cabinet was not worth the time, the trust, and the resources that the University invested on its personnel.

I chose to perform well my duties and responsibilities, collaboratively, and within the premise of the University’s expected workplace culture. I chose to shine – unfiltered, unhindered, unbridled.

It was only years later that I realized the value of the experience. When that moment came, I chose to forgive. Why begrudge a situation that unmasked true intentions and enhanced my professional edge? Lessons were learned on office politics and workplace cliques that tend to cause job toxicity and exclusivity, rather than promote collegiality. I would have not gained such insights just by reading Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In‘ or Brene Brown’s ‘Rising Strong.’

Gratefulness is also a better option, I’ve decided. Opting to remain grateful to the individuals and institutions that nurtured my personal and professional growth developed lasting friendships and goodwill. I have remained appreciative of my work ‘bosses’, friends, and colleagues who cared enough to temper my ‘impudent’ and rough professional edges.

As the saying goes, “What goes around, comes around.” So I choose to view life from the lens of gratitude. I choose to forgive. I choose to be content with an ounce of risk-taking. That’s my narrative. After all, we are the choice that we make.

I prefer, where truth is important, to write fiction.~ Virginia Woolf

Of Choices and Options: Truth Serum