Happy New Year to everyone! I hope that everyone had an amazing holiday season and time spent with your loved ones.
Inevitably, every new year, you hear those around you discussing their new year’s resolutions. You know, those goals that people set for themselves on New Year’s Eve hoping that with the magic of a whole year yet ahead, they will become a better version of themselves.
Here is the thing: I have never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions, nor will I ever be. I find that people set these goals way too global from the beginning, and doom them to failure. Basically, it comes down to four (4) key points for me on why we need to stay away from New Year’s resolutions, and instead, 365 days a year, do what matters to you and commit to that.
Here are my 4 key points surrounding my argument that new years resolutions do not work:
Think about it. Look at someone that you may know, that did in fact change their life for the better. For example, they lost a large amount of weight, started an exercise program, and stuck to it. Did they do it starting January 1st? I would wager to bet that that person you may be thinking of, did it when they were ready to do it. It had nothing to do with the beginning of the year, and the magical belief associated with that factor. Case in point: I have an uncle, that successfully quit smoking 21 years ago now. He was the heaviest smoker that I have ever seen at one point. 30 year smoking habit, of 3.5 packs a day. Did he quit January 1st? Nope. I don’t even honestly remember what time of the year it was, but I can tell you it was not a New Year’s resolution. It happened at a time when he was ready, made the connection of how bad it was for his health, decided he did not want to continue to poison his body with something that was probably going to kill him, and that was that — quit cold turkey. And to this day, he has not picked a cigarette up.
Armed with the above, it is my hope for everyone reading this that, in the spirit of positivity and joy, you all find your inner happiness and peace. Make the choice to be happy for today (not to say that life doesn’t throw us all curveballs). Strive to do what matters for you, and for how you want to live your life. Stop succumbing to what we are fed in society and the media about what is going to make you happy. Because in the end, life is just too short. I recently heard someone say, ‘You will never get a chance to relive this day. So what are you going to do about it? What choices will you make today that define you?’
And that my friends, is what it is all about, not New Year’s resolutions.
Once again, happy New Year to everyone! (resolution free of course) 😊
Eastern Market merchants welcome new microbrewery
Five friends who started a microbrewery in the Eastern Market district of Detroit are feeling welcomed by the community and positive about the future.
Eastern Market Brewing Co. officially opened for business October twentieth at 2515 Riopelle, and co-owner Dayne Bartscht says that business has been “growing month over month” since then.
Bartscht and five college friends all have regular day jobs and run the brewery on the side.
“We’re all really passionate about craft beer and passionate about Detroit, and we fell in love with Eastern Market,” Bartscht says. “We’re lucky that all three came together.”
The co-owners set up a vendor space at Eastern market over the summer of 2017 to sell merchandise and get a buzz going about the business. Bartscht says he was nervous that there would be a rush of business at first when the tap room was new and then it would fall off, but that hasn’t been the case.
The business continues to attract new customers, but they have also been seeing some regular faces, he said, ranging from young people who work in downtown Detroit tech companies to farmers who stop for a beer after vending at Eastern Market.
Bartscht says the co-owners were initially worried about how they’d be received by the older, more established businesses in the area, but says other area businesses have been “super supportive and collaborative,” including other breweries.
“The craft beer scene in general is a great place to be,” he says. “Breweries don’t see each other as competitors but help each other out.”
Bartscht says they brew a variety of beers to appeal to all tastes, from hard-core craft beer aficionados to casual visitors who like a more “easy drinking” beer. For those who like a milder beer, the tap room features blondes, witbiers (mild Belgian-style biers made with wheat), and kolch-style beers. For the more adventurous craft-brew lovers, Eastern Market Brewing has purchased some used whiskey barrels so they can offer barrel-aged beers later this year.
Future plans for the business include getting final health department approvals for a food truck so that patrons can pair food with their beer. The co-owners hope to have that up-and-running by early February. Also in the works is an outdoor rooftop biergarten that will add an additional 2,600 square feet of space to the 2,500 square feet of indoor space. The rooftop biergarten is slated to be open sometime in summer of 2019, Bartscht says.
Hours are 4-10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The tap room is closed on Mondays. For more information about the business, call (313) 502-5165 or visit http://easternmarket.beer.
Sarah Rigg is a freelance writer and editor in southeast Michigan. You may reach her at email@example.com.
Our story starts in what used to be a beloved classroom, though not by far where it takes place. This is the future, a place where debate and education are so highly valued that special operation teams frequently get deployed to old buildings to learn about the life before. Just when they thought they had a fine grasp on history, though, a certain raid brought on something unexpected. This leads us to the Conference Table, where we see our story play out.
The Thought Representatives all took their places, the object of discussion placed ceremoniously at the center of the table so all could see. An emerald green handle absorbed the light in the room, morphing halfway up into a sturdy yet rusting metal. The question that called them together: what place did a screwdriver have in the cluttered desk drawer of a high school teacher?
“I think it’s the patriarchy,” Simone declared.
“You think everything is the patriarchy,” Carl shrugged off, “probably because you fear a man’s world. Tell me, how did your parents treat you in your early childhood?”
“Let’s look this over, shall we?” William started, ignoring his peer’s remark and getting up from his seat for a better look. “It’s a plastic handle,” he observed, “but the main point is some sort of old metal. It has a sort of ‘X’ engraved at the tip.”
“Of course it does,” Andy droned, “it’s a screwdriver. We know that much.”
William huffed, glaring at the speaker. “Well I don’t see you contributing any novel ideas.”
“Easy,” Andy figured. “It’s nothing.”
“Boys, boys, calm down,” Sam scolded, stepping in to settle the dispute. “The thing itself doesn’t matter.” Andy stuck his tongue out childishly across the room to the aggravated structuralist. “What matters is the person who put it there.”
“Maybe the owner of the classroom just needed to fix something and forgot to take it home afterwards,” Rene rationalized.
“Maybe the owner just wanted to feel more in touch with everything around.” Kat gave a serene smile, Andy glaring at her.
“Shut up, Kat,” he shot down.
“I feel like we’re missing something,” Carl piped up.
“What we’re missing is the moral purpose,” Alice tried. “Maybe it just made the teacher happy to have a screwdriver.”
“Finally, we’re making some sort of sense here!” Cyrus laughed, giving an appreciative thumbs-up across the table.
“What we’re missing,” Fredrick emphasized, “is its owner’s self-purpose. She must have had the freedom to keep a screwdriver in her desk drawer because that is the purpose she gave her life, it’s as simple as that.”
“Why would one give her life the sole purpose of keeping a screwdriver?” Rene argued, causing Fredrick to roll his eyes.
“I didn’t say that was her only purpose, though if she wanted it to be that’s what it would be.”
“There is no purpose,” Andy drawled.
“There is if you give one,” Fredrick snapped.
“It’s the patriarchy!”
“Simone, be quiet, the structure of a screwdriver has nothing to do with a society dominated by men.”
“There need be no dominance in a harmonic world,” Kat mused, everyone once again ignoring her.
The group broke out into a full-blown argument disputing over the strange origin of such an out-of-place object until Carl finally stood, fed up with all the arguing. “Sometimes,” his voice cut above all the rest, silencing the group, “a screwdriver is just a screwdriver.”
Dedicated to Mrs. Rakozy, a high school teacher who had a green screwdriver in the bottom of a cluttered desk drawer without the slightest clue of its origin.
Like many before me, the pink pig on the Louie's Ham and Corned Beef sign has been calling me for quite some time. Thankfully, I followed the call of the pink pig and stopped by for lunch.
Located at 3570 Riopelle, the building faces Mack (behind Milano Bakery), in Detroit's famous Eastern Market District.
Inside, I found a clean, updated and welcoming atmosphere with helpful staff.
Since corned beef is on the sign, I thought it would be smart to order the reuben sandwich.
My reuben was stacked with tender, perfectly cooked corned beef on grilled rye with swiss cheese and sauerkraut. It was also served with a pickle. I ordered my sandwich as deluxe and chose cole slaw and a pop as my two additional options. The cole slaw was tasty and well portioned. Despite my healthy appetite, the sandwich was so big, I had to take half home!
Because of the tasty quality and great portions, I must give Louie's Ham and Corned Beef two hooves up!
Happy New Year, Everyone! It is so good to be able to say that, isn’t it? I get excited when I think about a new year and all its wonderful possibilities. I don’t make resolutions so much as I make lists of what I want to accomplish and where I want to go. And, oh my goodness, there are so many exciting places to see and that I am thankful we have a new year to pursue. With that in mind, found below are a few news nuggets that may be useful as you prepare for your very own travel adventures in 2018 and beyond.
~Angel, the Travel Diva loves helping others experience world travel that engages, empowers, enlightens, and entertains. Contact her at (313)808-8018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detroit Winter Blues
Saturday February 17, 2018 2:00PM
On Saturday February 17,2018 the Detroit Blues Heritage Series will present “Detroit Winter Blues” featuring Jarrod Champion on solo piano and Madcat's Midnight Blues Journey featuring Peter “Madcat” Ruth.
This event will take place Saturday February 17, 2018 2:00PM until 4:00PM at the Historic Scarab Club. The Scarab Club is located at 217 Farnsworth in Detroit’s Cultural Center. A $5.00 donation is requested.
Jarrod Champion is a self taught pianist, organist, vocalist and multi instrumentalist born and raised on the east side of Detroit. Although he originally cut his teeth playing Rock and Roll it was in Jazz and Blues that Jarrod found his true passion. Jarrod has been a member of numerous groups including Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils and the Kansas City Six and has toured both nationally and internationally.
Madcat’s Midnight Blues Journey is led by Harmonica wizard Peter” Madcat” Ruth and fueled by the guitar fireworks of Drew Howard with Mark Schrock on Bass and Drummer Mike Shimmin holding down the beat with surgical precision.
Our partners for the Detroit Blues Heritage Series are the Scarab Club 501(c) 3 non-profit dedicated to promoting a variety of creative expression consisting of the visual, auditory and written arts. The Detroit Blues Society ( 501(c) 3 non-profit dedicated to the preservation of Blues music in the Detroit metropolitan area and Mack Avenue Records, which is the largest independent record label in the country,
For more information please call the Scarab Club (313-831-1250) or contact Ed Schenk at email@example.com
A clean-wipe is how all computer repair places get rid of virus’ and repair 90% of all computer repair problems. A clean-wipe is a re-installation of the computers operating system, … xp, vista, w/7, w/8, w/10. When you reinstall the operating system you get rid of all the bugs, virus’, worms, Trojan-horses, bots, stealth, malware, adware, spyware, freeze-ups, cutoffs, non-responsiveness, beep codes, alpha-numeric messages, hexa-decimal messages….. It is a clean-slate of the “c”-hard-drive, super- fast, super-efficient, no virus’, all problems are gone. It is like it is being taken back in time to the original factory default settings, like you bought it brand new from the show-room floor of the store. Before the clean-wipe you save all the persons information to a fancy external hard –drive. All their music, pictures, word and data documents, videos and downloads. Then after the virginized clean-wipe and the operating system is back on the desktop wallpaper screen , you then load all the persons information back into their computer. The only things that can’t be saved are things that are cd/dvd loadable, they have to be re-loaded after a clean-wipe. Also, programs that were downloaded from the internet, licensed or not , have to be re-downloaded from the net, like a mobus photography program or a auto-cad program…… Also, favorites, history, bookmarks, T.I.F. -files, cookies, passwords, can’t be saved. Then you go into the device manager and re-install all the drivers that have yellow circles with !, in them, such as the audio drivers, video drivers, Ethernet drivers, networking drivers, sm-bus drivers, pci drivers, ………. You do this using the one million driver plus software you have on a flash drive. You then activate the operating systems product key = boot-loading, to make it authentic and genuine o.s. Then if you are a good and generous tech. you will load them up with some good open-source-linux -software as icon logos on their wallpaper/desktop screen like virus programs, office programs, youtube-downloader, gimp photo editor, dvd burning software, revo-uninstaller, vlc media player, all included in your affordable price.
We were doing fine weather-wise until the middle of December; then, the bottom dropped out. It’s fine for all the skaters at Campus Martius. They thrive on all these frigid temperatures. A lot of our furry friends seen to enjoy it, as well. As for our seniors, they’re out there, too, scooters and all. I wonder if it has anything to do with Global Warming. Perhaps not, but certain atmospheric conditions do affect our weather. The source of our current severe cold weather in the downtown “D” seems to have started overseas. I hope you will find the following report interesting. The website videos are incredible. According to the Earth Sky website for the first week of January 2018, on the day after the January first supermoon (closest full moon of 2018 expected to bring higher-than-usual tides), Storm Eleanor plowed through Europe with winds up to 100 mph (160 km/h). The winds and extra high tides caused flooding, impeded travel, injured and killed people, and left tens of thousands without power across the UK, Ireland, and other parts of Europe. By January third and fourth severe storm conditions hit the US. Late in the day on the third, an unusual winter storm passed through Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. It became one of the strongest winter storms in the US East in modern history. Although the storm — crazily named “bomb cyclone” — did diminish over the mid-Atlantic, it continued to hammer US Northeast with heavy snow, high winds, and bitter cold. The term “bomb cyclone” is not a media invention. A storm is considered a “bomb cyclone” by meteorologists if its pressure falls 24 millibars in 24 hours. This storms pressure dropped 53 millibars in 21 hours: 59 in 24 hours.
Locally, our downtown shelters and soup kitchens are doing a great job for the homeless to keep them warm and fed. Local churches are passing out blankets, warm clothes, and food boxes. American Coney Island on Michigan Avenue helps out once a year by supplying a free meal and warm outerwear. People helping people; this is the way it should be. Cold air is supposed to be invigorating. It turns your nose bright cherry red like Santa’s Rudolph and puts pink roses in your cheeks. With these frigid temperatures, I’d say “cheeks” top and bottom. My face was actually stiff the other day!
OUTLOOK FOR 2018 IN THE DOWNTOWN “D”.
More apartments, offices, and three new hotels will open this year: the Element Hotel, Shinola Hotel, and the Siren Hotel, which was, at one time, the old Wurlitzer Building. Construction has officially started on the largest development downtown: the old Hudson site. It will have an 800 foot tower, a large podium and a market. Plans for affordable housing are underway. With the current high prices on everything, the job market for older people being scarce, no real grocery shopping, and parking at a high premium, who is to say what “affordable” means, especially for our senior population and low-income families. I am really hoping this new year will bring a better way of living for our wonderful seniors.
Have a Blessed New Year Everyone.
My Discovery About The Future of Technology
The Consumer Electronics Show, also known simply as CES, is the world’s biggest and splashiest showcase for the latest and greatest in consumer electronics with more than 4,000 exhibitors (including more than 800 start-up companies) and 180,000 total attendees covering nearly 3 million square feet of event space in 2018. It is held in Las Vegas every January and is the global proving ground for innovators where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace and the gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer electronics.
A long list of technology products that changed the game were first seen here. Yes, everything from the VCR to the CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, even the original Nintendo Entertainment System as well as the first XBox.
Most of the time, we’re waiting many years and sometimes even decades as these innovations trickle down from the early adopter tech community to mainstream society. If you can recall as prices started to drop, that stack of VHS tapes that you once owned became a shelf full of DVDs. Now the discs are starting to disappear too as they are being replaced by a stick about the size of a pack of chewing gum streaming online content from providers such as Netflix and Hulu in their place for under $40.
The feeling that I got from the floor of CES 2018 was that we’re somewhere in the middle of that timeline. I saw a lot of categories that were not here last year such as smart cities. We are moving quickly to self-driving cars, smart cities, 5G, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and things that were not even in our vocabulary just 10 years ago, and now they are considered major parts of CES. You can see where all this amazing technology is going to take us eventually, but we are not quite there yet. Automobiles are electric and, thanks to collision avoidance and self-automation technologies, will eventually become crash-proof someday, whether a human is driving or not. From folding smartphones to robotic cat doors to televisions larger, sharper, and smarter than those currently in our homes, you can best believe there is even more revolutionary gizmos and gadgets emerging from the world’s largest technology show.
Meanwhile, sensors and cameras are being embedded into clothing, shoes, home appliances and just about everything else that you can imagine. Artificial intelligent voice assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are appearing in more technologies at CES this year, such as a Sense Smart Deadbolt manufactured by Schlage which allows user to unlock doors on command. This is a tangible example of how real the connected home and the Internet of Things has become.
I definitely saw the definition of wearable technologies broaden beyond the wrist, with everything from smart suits, smart shirts, smart glasses and smart bras. Nearly all of these seem intent on monitoring every aspect of your body’s activity in hopes that more data can get us all on the road to better health and fitness.
CES has always been a big show for TVs, and 2018 was no different. Giant screens dominated the floor, at resolutions as high as 8K which is looking to make 1080p as old fashioned as black and white models. The successful development of the world’s first 8K OLED display is definitely a milestone and displays the exciting potential of the technology.
My takeaway was the idea of technology integrating our lives in multiple ways has really exploded. As you can probably imagine, I had tons of fun and came back home with a ton of new inspiration. I can’t wait until next year!!
Willie E. Brake is a Computer Expert and Industry Analyst at All About Technology, a Certified Minority Business Enterprise and Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher, based in Detroit, Michigan.
Photographer Alanna St. Laurent had her eyes opened to the beauty in Detroit after she became a photographer. “Photography opened up a new world and showed me all these beautiful buildings that exist in Detroit,” St. Laurent said. “I don’t think I really paid any attention to Detroit’s architecture when I was growing up in the suburbs, in Troy. It was like, this has been here all my life, and I had no idea.”
St. Laurent specializes in urban landscapes and “abandonment” pictures but says she loves any kind of photography that centers on architecture, from cityscapes to close-up shots of abandoned buildings. “Cityscapes at night are very magical,” she said. “They’re quieter at night, and all lit up like a fairy land.”
She caught the photography bug in 2007 after taking a class in digital photography at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She had been working as an academic advisor at several colleges but was looking for a change. She liked her work but didn’t love it, and she wanted to do something that really interested her. “Photography happened to be that thing I loved,” she said. “There’s this unending opportunity for images, so many things to shoot.”
Her love of shooting Detroit’s abandoned buildings and its historic architecture lead her to explore other industrial cities around the United States, including Toledo, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. She says she doesn’t know if she’d have visited the cities she has or come to appreciate the beauty in industrial sites if she hadn’t ended up becoming a photographer.
As an artist, she’s always exploring new subjects and new techniques. Most recently, she’s become enthralled with photography done via drone. She says the only way she could previously get an aerial shot of the city was to talk someone into allowing her onto the roof of a high-rise building, but drone photography has changed that “I love the new perspective that it gives,” she said,
Besides selling her fine art photos, St. Lauren also makes some of her living from shooting for commercial clients, and teaching a course at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. She also hosts Creative Vision Photo Workshops through MeetUp.com.
“I’m just one of many people shooting in Detroit, and I feel lucky that people are willing to pay me money for my photography work,” she said. “I’m very humbled by that.”
To see more examples of St. Laurent’s work, visit www.alannastlaurent.com.
Sarah Rigg is a freelance writer and editor in southeast Michigan. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.