All of my writings and co-authored works are now available on this blog and will be updated as new pieces publish here:
Here’s a good critique of the emerging medium of writing + publishing through Substack. Also reads as a Big Up to old school blogging, with rich links to blogs past and present.
The author of Applied Divinity Studies published this as a guest post on Nintil blog.
“How Substack Became Milquetoast.”
Danielle Dirksen created, “The Planner’s Beginner Guide to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement.”
Dani is one of our Embedded Planning emissaries at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.
I am proud of Dani for stepping up to educate us.
This blog is back. It’s more of a “soft re-opening” than a grand re-opening. Stay tuned.
This blog is on hiatus until further notice.
I was not raised speaking Spanish. When Nana Josephine Pacheco née Ontiveros came to #LosAngeles from #Texas, the school teachers struck her with rulers por hablando Español en clase. So Nana didn’t teach my mom. And nobody taught me. I learned Español in earnest in the last 8 years working as an Embedded Planner on the ground in Florence-Firestone. For real I’m at like 6th grade level, pero sabes que, es mejor que nada!
On arrival Friday in #CDMX, I quickly had to adjust to Español. It was thrilling. I found myself absorbing the spoken word, the unique rhythm, cadence, & dialect of #Chilango, the Spanish of Mexico City. Immediately I found myself translating signs, speech, & writing intuitively. Dormant neurotransmitters began firing. Parts of my brain were trabajando overtime to help situate myself in this new space & culture.
I recognized this feeling. It had been awhile but I’d felt it long before. I told mi esposita that this exhilaration must have been the same stimulating experience of learning Inglés as a child con mi familia on the streets of East Los Angeles y Montebello 40+ years ago.