Flawed But Fabulous

Aviation
6:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

How One Family's Tragedy Became Training For Future Pilots

Timothy Johnson Jr., who the scholarship is named for, doing what he loved: flying.
Credit The Johnson Family

Life has been difficult this year for one of Wynwood’s most celebrated gallerists.

Nina Johnson, owner and operator of Gallery Diet, has been emotionally supporting her family through the worst of times. 

In December of 2012, Nina’s brother, Timothy Johnson Jr., a pilot in his free time, was flying alone in a two engine Cessna that took off from Lantana Airport. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

His father, Tim Sr., watched the aircraft ascend, falter and go down.

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Flawed But Fabulous
8:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

After Urban Beach Weekend, What Was The Big Deal?

The Standard Hotel and Spa in Miami Beach was under a tent on Friday and Saturday nights as a security measure during Memorial Day weekend.
Credit Nathaniel Sandler

On Friday evening the Standard Hotel and Spa was completely tented for the weekend, to reopen Sunday, while countless other businesses were closed up on Miami Beach.

Spiga Restaurant on 12th and Collins had a sign stating they were observing Memorial Day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Ostensibly, businesses like Spiga really love the troops, but no one is fooled.

It seems like Miami Beach abstracted Memorial Day in more ways than one.

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Recreation
8:28 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Where To Learn All About The History Of Ocean Diving

The library inside Islamorada's History of Diving Museum.
Credit Nathaniel Sandler

One of the earliest pieces of writing known to humanity is the Epic of Gilgamesh, a Babylonian legend that’s formative to the history of literature.

In it, Gilgamesh himself attaches stones to his feet, weighing him down to the bottom of the sea, so he could get the Plant of Eternal Youth. It is the first known record of someone plunging to the bottom of the sea on a breath hold dive.

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Publishing
8:28 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Why Bookstores Don't Reflect Miami's Literary Health

The recently closed Barnes & Noble in Aventura.
Credit Broward Palm Beach New Times

Many have taken the recent closing of Barnes and Noble in Aventura and the general dearth of bookstores in Miami as an omen, a portentous sign that the city is somehow culturally headed in the wrong direction.

And the easy takedown of South Florida, both nationally and from locals, is that a lack of bookstores is representative of a stupid populace, or an uncultured mass mostly focused on booze and partying.

But bemoaning the death of the bookstore is missing the point. It’s happening everywhere. And it’s not just a South Florida issue.

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Flawed But Fabulous
7:30 am
Wed May 8, 2013

How Much Do You Walk? Livability In South Florida

A pedestrian walk across the crosswalk as a vehicle makes a right turn heading west on SW 13 Street in Miami's Brickell area on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
Credit Carl Juste/Miami Herald Staff

Have you ever tried to cross US-1 on foot? Both in South and North Miami, all the way through Broward and even in parts of the Florida Keys it’s a harrowing experience. People are driving fast and not expecting pedestrians. It has the feel of an action movie to it and one you’re definitely not starring in.

There are other roads that have this same feel in South Florida. Brickell, Calle Ocho and the Macarthur Causeway are streets you take to get from point A to point B and pray you avoid running into a $200,000 luxury car or uninsured $500 car.

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