“That don’t mean I won’t be here Jojo. I’ll be on the side of the door with everybody who’s gone before. Your Uncle Given, my mommy and daddy, Pap’s mommy and daddy.”

Sing, Unburied, Sing. Jesmyn Ward

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Sing Unburied Sing

Here was the true great spirit, the divine thread connecting all human endeavor. If you can keep it, it is yours, your property.  Slave or Continent. The American imperative.

The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead

This book is not easy to read, but the message is needed more today than ever. We are led by a man who degrades, insults, and mocks people who aren’t like him. This book reminded me of just how easy it is to do the wrong thing, particularly when we see others doing it. We should find a new spool and sew ourselves together with a new thread, one that binds us tightly in common good, respect, and prosperity.

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If you live in Miami, you know that we are always complaining about our government doing absolutely nothing to protect our beloved city from the ravages of sea level rise. Now’s our chance.  You can vote YES for the Miami Forever Bond. It’s a $400 million bond that funds the things everyone I know keeps asking about – flood control, sea level rise mitigation, affordable housing, better parks and pedestrian projects like Baywalk and Riverwalk.

  Will the Miami Forever bond cost us any more?

No, so the City says. The old bond is winding down and the projects for this new one will take some time to implement so anyone who pays property taxes should not see an increase. In other words, they’ll balance each other out over time. Some people I’ve been talking to are skeptical about this. It’s their main objection – they don’t want their taxes to go up for this. Do I have 100% confidence in the City of Miami government to get that calculation right? I’d be a fool to say yes to 100%.

So I’m going assume they are wrong by 10% as they scale up these projects. Here’s what that means for me: I pay just about $220 per YEAR for the current bond and will pay the same for Miami Forever general obligation bond according to the City. If the estimate is off by 10%, it will cost me an additional $22 per year.  So, even if they are wrong, I’m willing to spend an extra $22 every year to help save our city from rising seas and to help others get housing they can afford. The City is welcome to come back and ask me for that $22.

Oh yes, once it’s approved we’ll need a good oversight board to make sure these projects are implemented properly.

  When can I vote for the Miami Forever Bond?

Election Day is November 7, but why wait? You can order a vote-by-mail ballot or early vote.  That’s what I plan on doing. Download the list of Early Voting Locations and times.

  Want to read more the Miami Forever Bond?

Here is a great Miami Herald overview and another one dedicated to the affordable housing portion. Also, check out miamiforever.org Here’s what the Mayor has to say about the bond. It’s kind of a boring video, so you can skip it if you’d like, but suffice to say he is also %100 behind the Miami Forever Bond. I just thought I’d show you that lots of people are voting yes and our Mayor is one of them.

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“My goodness, I thought, poor fellow! You did not give this place a proper chance, but fled it recklessly, leaving behind forever the beautiful things of this world. And for what? You do not know. A most unintelligent wager.”

George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the BardoWas the moon full? Or was the night pitch black on the night that Lincoln’s son crossed over the divide that night, leaving his parents for the Bardo. The guests at the party remember the night differently. Their perception is their reality.

The same seems true for the souls residing in the Bardo. Some know they are half-dead. Others feel sure that they remain half-living. This is a halfway land between our world and the next. They are trapped until a flash of inevitability reveals that they must take the path to where it fully ends, to where they end. “We say these things to speed you along.” Continue reading Just what is a Bardo?