Monday, June 18, 2012

Green Dot Stables - A Sure Thing!

My daughter and I were near the end of a great day together.  
We'd picked up breakfast from Avalon Bakery, 
shopped the Eastern Market, 
explored Belle Isle's Conservatory, 
and finally,
driven across Detroit for
what she promised to be
a treat.

It was a little spot at 
2200 West Lafayette called, 
"Green Dot Stables".

There was a horseshoe on the entrance door.

Hmm...a sign this place needs luck
just a decoration?

Thirty minutes, one shared meal of five sliders, a salad, two orders of fries, one cool Summer Soda, and a Mint Julep later,

Summer Soda:  Lemon-Basil-
House Salad: Chickpea-
Tomato-Cucumber-Herb Vin

Lamb Slider: Rosemary
Shredded Pork Slider:
Pork Butt-Slaw
Au Poivre Slider:
Beef-Peppercorns-Cognac Aioli
Hot Brown Slider:
Mystery Meat Slider:
Today's mystery was

The Quintet (my moniker)

Truffle & and Herb French Fries

Le Poutine French Fries

 I concluded
luck wasn't an issue.

Green Dot Stables is no outsider!

It has the winning combination of
great food prepared from scratch,
"Just Right" portions,
reasonable prices, 
and a pleasant atmosphere!

Get in the home stretch for Green Dot Stables.
Odds are,
you'll enjoy it!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Danger of the "Single Story"

The realtor who helped me find the house I live in today, I met more than 20 years ago 
under totally different circumstances.  

She had been invited to speak at our elementary school, during Black History Week, about the continent on which she was born, 

She stood in front of a gym full of students and spoke into the microphone with a soft voice, 
a soothing accent, 
and a slide show projector.   

Students watched and commented quietly to each other about pictures of the Africa they'd expected: dusty roads, 
women in tribal attire, 
and barefoot children.  

they soon were amazed to see pictures of 
bustling cities, 
new Mercedes, 
and Nike sneakers.  

Cee Cee's point was to expose our students to more of Africa in order to change their mindset and appreciation of it.    

She understood the meaning of a term I've just become aquainted with, "single story".  

When we know only a "single story" of anything or anybody, 
it can lead to stereotypes.  

She wanted to break the stereotypes our children held of both Africa and it's people.

Today, there is another woman, 

Chimamanda Adichie,  

sharing the same message in a way that helps us realize,

we too,  

may be creating stereotypes in our minds 

and passing them on to our children 

when we place too much weight on the "single story" we think we know, 

rather than dig deeper 

to find it is simply 

one chapter 

of a much larger book!