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Hello reader!


Summer is here! I love summers! The longer, slower days, the sun, and the warm (not super hot though) days are my favorites. I love how the sun shines just a little more and the colors are just brighter. Though lately it has been raining a lot where I am staying but the views here are really nice.

Good news!

Let me share with you some news! I just received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at the University of South Alabama effective August 15th. It has been a long road to say the least. I learned a few things in the process about having faith, persevering, trusting God with everything that came my way, about people, and about myself. We are all very happy about these news out here and back home. Needless to say, I spent great part of the morning on the phone talking, replying texts, replying comments on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. So many heartfelt comments from good friends, current and former colleagues as well as my dear students, and my former professors. It was indeed a very happy day!

Regarding the book, I also have good news to share! The edits came back around the end of May. I expected to have a big list of edits to go through. It was a short one but meaty. It turns out that of all the things to forget, I forgot to write a conclusion. Can you imagine? I also had to add some more images and delete others from another chapter. And of course, there was the usual typo here and there as well as typing the wrong word on a couple of sentences. In the process, I realized that I forgot a couple of things that my reviewer did not catch. So, it was good all around to go through it again. I am done with the edits. I worked hard to be done before the deadline because I wanted to have that “down time” when your mind remembers or realizes you forgot something. So, I am done but in wait of my little brain whispering to me: you forgot this or this happened, etc..

My graduate student Keith Wall, graduated this last May. I was and I am so happy for him! It was the graduation of our first MFA class. Ramon Deanda, another grad student, also graduated. We are all very proud of these students! They really worked very hard and developed work that was very engaging and provocative. I will miss Ramon. He would come to my office and we would chat and sometimes sing in Spanish! Keith will be with us a little longer working part time. That makes me happy but I can't wait for him to land a good tenure track job.
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Here are Keith (to your left) and Ramon (to your right).
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Curiosities

I just finished reading the book http://prepshipglobal.com/services/ Atomic Habits by James Clear. It is a great book to read! It talks about how to either get rid of bad habits and how to attain and sustain good habits. There are very good take aways in the book. One of them is that if you want to sustain a good habit, make it easy for you to do it. And if you want to get rid of a bad habit, make it difficult for you to continue doing it. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, it turns out that we are really good at sabotaging ourselves. His advice applies to anything you want to do or get rid of.

Now let me share with you interesting things that have taken place recently:
  1. The government, yes, our government, adopted a new typeface. It is called Public Sans. You can even download it here.
  2. Did you know that there is profession called Font Detective? I didn't but now it became the job I want to hold next! Read about how this designer was able to prove a case of fraud by recognizing the typeface and the year it was designed. Read The Font Detectives.
  3. A little piece about the threat of algorithms and social media. Read On YouTube’s Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles.

Updates

I have a theme now for my show! It is called buy cheap neurontin online Intersections: where the mundane and sublime meet. I also started working on my pieces. But, I am stuck again! I am in that place when you are in the midst of it and feel like you ruined everything. Yep, that is where I am! See a detail here with my comment.

I will soon start uploading new work to my stores. In the meantime, check out my Instagram feed and if there is something you like, send me an email and I will upload that file to the stores: RedBubble, Threadless, and Zazzle. On Etsy, I will only sell digital files such as practice sheets and things like that.
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