Ypsilanti, Michigan

June 9, 2010

Ezra and I moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan, which is about 15 minutes east of Ann Arbor. We love the small town thus far. We like to walk around the city and ponder the architecture and peculiar signage, take runs through different parts of the city, and enjoy the quaint and gritty bars.

Honestly, it has been hard to leave our new apartment above the organic restaurant, Beezy’s. World Cup is coming up soon, so you will probably find us there most often. Here are some photos of our apartment. We have made a lot of updates since these photos were taken. More to come…

I repainted a dresser that Ezra bought for me at V’s Treasures in NC. Due to this project, I now have a lovely teal stain on our deck.


Get Spatial.

April 13, 2010

This map shows the proximity of minority populations living within one mile of toxic release sites. Most toxic release sites, as the reader can see, are sited in predominately minority communities.

Just a landcover change map of an area in Michigan from 1985 to 1995.

This map is the basis of my thesis work, researching effects the siting of hog farms (CAFOs) have on minority communities in the eastern floodplains of North Carolina.

I have almost completed my first year of graduate school. I know a lot more science and practically forgot all the theory. I follow the news (wildly), sleep with a cat every night, drink iced coffee, write empirically wrought papers, freeze my meals for the week, and watch the murder serious, Dexter. I am methodical and oftentimes complacent. In 9 days I will be officially divorced from a long distance relationship. It’s local distance; all the rage for Spring! April 1st; April Fool’s Day.The joke better not be on me. Hopefully Ezra will like the walls in his new apartment (along with the windows and doors). He has never seen it, not even photographs. I can’t stop daydreaming about decorating that loft. First thing’s first: purchase furniture. I forgot to mention I am currently obsessed with every design blog ever created. This is new.

Have one

February 23, 2010

I called you, several times, while the change took place

and then, arrived all night

and I died

But all these songs, when you and I are long gone,

will carry on.

Mud in your eye.

Happy Birthday.

February 7, 2010

James Dewitt Yancey (J Dilla) would have been 36 today.

…meant a lot.


January 29, 2010

Thank you for your guidance.

23 February 2010

January 25, 2010

The Jazz Baroness

December 8, 2009

Young Pannonica “Nica” Rothschild has it all. As the beautiful heiress to one of the world’s largest fortunes, she lives a life of 1950s decadence. But on her way to catch a jet out of JFK to meet her husband, she stops to hear a jazz record by a struggling musician. She never makes her plane. So taken with the unknown’s musical talents, Nica braves social censure, and even jail, to cultivate the genius of the now-legendary Thelonious Monk. Rescuing instruments from pawn shops, even shepherding bands to gigs in her Bentley, this white Jewish woman becomes an unlikely freedom fighter for a generation of black artists, a patron saint for the bebop movement.

I love learning more and more about Nica’s relationship with Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker. 

She played “Round Midnight” 20 times in a row the first time she heard it. 

The documentary of her will be on HBO this month.

Masters of Science

October 29, 2009