Car free in Cambridge: This should get interesting

by moniguzman on August 16, 2015


We did not bring either of the two cars we drove in Seattle to Cambridge. In the week since we moved here we’ve been pushing strollers, taking buses and holding little hands to cross streets.

We are car free. And I’m a little concerned about that.

When I first started working at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 2007, I lived a ten-minute walk away. East a few blocks and up a hill. You know how many times I walked to work?


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The search for coffee shops in Cambridge

by moniguzman on August 12, 2015

Screenshot from the Cambridge coffee shop map. Thanks, @luizmarq! Screenshot from MIT’s You Are Here walkability Cambridge coffee shop map. Thanks, @luizmarq!

If you know me, you know I’m a coffee shop worker.

I like the movement. The ambiance. The collection of people doing their own thing together. The background buzz of all those conversations, which actually makes my brain work better. Really.

People sample coffee but I sample coffee shops. I go to different ones depending on the work mode I’m in. Busy coffee shop/bookstores when I’m brainstorming, large, spacious coffee shops when I’m interviewing, comfy, warm coffee shops when I need to hunker down and focus. I’ve been to dozens and have a whole collection to choose from.

In Seattle.

Today, my fifth day in Cambridge, I set out to find my favorite coffee shops to work from here.

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The strategy study I’m working on for API

by moniguzman on June 24, 2015

I’m working on a strategy study for the American Press Institute on a topic I care a lot about: engagement in journalism.

I’m doing lots of interviews, lots of reading, lots of thinking, and lots of structural tinkering to figure out how to share what I’m learning so it’s clear how important involving the public is to everything journalism sets out to do.

For a sense of what the final product might look like, here’s an archive of previous API Strategy Studies.

Got a thought on this? A case study I should know about? Send me an email or reach out on Twitter or Facebook. I’d love to hear it.


Some big news

May 15, 2015

I found out a couple weeks ago, but I can finally talk about it today: I’m a 2016 Nieman Fellow! Here’s what that means: – I’m moving to Boston in August with Jason and the kids – I’m spending the 2015-2016 academic year taking courses at Harvard and MIT in and around what most fascinates [...]

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Four things I want to do after watching ‘The Good Wife’

November 11, 2014

I’m on Season 5 of “The Good Wife,” the CBS legal drama starring Julianna Margulies that became my binge of the moment during the long days at the end of my pregnancy. Every time I drown in a TV show, little things about it get in my head. This series is no different. Here are four things watching [...]

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My (mother of two) morning

November 10, 2014

It’s 8:12 a.m. on a Monday. My son is dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Something.” My newborn daughter is asleep in our bed. I’ve had my Keurig coffee. My Oatmeal Squares cereal. I’ve looked in the mirror on the wall by the dining room table and thought, as I do most mornings, that [...]

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Our perfect date night

August 30, 2014

My mom made fun of me when I told her what Jason and I wanted to do for date night last night: settle in somewhere cozy and read to each other from a hardcover of Dan Simmons’ “Abominable.” Some context. 1) “Abominable” is a fantastic book. Rich with detail and lots of description. It’s about [...]

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How about a fast-forward button?

August 27, 2014

When pregnancy blahs get extra blah-y, this is what I keep thinking about: What if I nodded off — or better yet, took off my body, kept it safe and fed and packed with multivitamins in a temperature-controlled closet somewhere and existed as some floating, thinking, pain-free all-mind — until around the time I deliver [...]

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How geeky is my husband?

August 26, 2014

After a year sporting a beard, THIS is what made him shave it off: Jason is “Spade” on the game Counter-Strike:Global Offensive, and he’d made a promise on his live Twitch stream (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 5:30 a.m. Yes, a.m.): When he got 75 viewers, he’d shave his beard off in-stream. Monday, it [...]

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A funny thing today

August 26, 2014

I was in the Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library, sitting on a cushy chair near the back that’s just right for my beach ball of a 32-week pregnant belly. It was morning. Not 30 minutes after the library opened at 10 a.m. And sitting kitty corner from me was a teenage boy in [...]

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