WHAT I’M READING
• Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
• Buddhism for Beginners – Jack Kornfield
• Atomic Habits – James Clear
• The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
• Believe Me – JP Delaney
• The Outsider – Stephen King
• Media Politics: A Citizen’s Guide – Shanto Iyengar
Writing on a regular basis -- even when you're not entirely sure of the direction or purpose -- is a huge aspect of being, well, a writer. One of the things I occasionally struggle with in my new career as a journalism professor is keeping that tool sharp. Without the constant deadline pressures of my old life, it is challenging to get myself to just write.
A few months ago, The New Miami posted a story about an anonymous person (or persons) that created a fantasy Metrorail map. I was very taken by the map itself -- which essentially converts Miami-Dade and Broward highways, expressways and main arterial roads into multicolored rail lines.
I spent last weekend in Daytona Beach, part of a family non-reunion reunion. Daytona has been an annual destination for the last six years, mostly because that's where my grandmother lived.
A look at some of the recent news in the Miami area including: the outrageous heat, the upcoming Democratic debates and the ongoing dismantling and remaking of Wywnood.
On the way back from Tampa last weekend, my Zen from the meditation retreat I attended was tested by a series of bells and warnings from my Mini Cooper. Each time I turned on the car, I got warnings that my backup light wasn't working and neither were my rear turn signals.
Since the end of classes at FIU last week, I've been taking long walks around Miami. I love audiobooks, but I find it hard to pay attention if I'm doing something else besides driving or walking.