You’ve gotta have art!

The Detroit Institute of Art is a gem and ranks as one of the top museums in the United States.


Not a Picasso nor a Rivera, the special exhibit Detroit After Dark shows off some amazing work on film  from early in Detroit’s history to modern day.  I highly recommend taking a stroll through the museum and view these images for yourself.


A little more about the DIA

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

The museum was founded in 1885 but moved to the current location on Jefferson Avenue in 1927 in a building designed by Paul Cret aptly named The Beaux-Arts building, after many years of use, a major renovation and expansion began in 1999 was completed in 2007.

With over 650,000 square feet that and more than 100 galleries, the Detroit Film Theatre, plus a massive collection in the basement, the DIA’s collection is ranked as one of the best museums in the United States.

Salvador Salort-Pons is the museum’s director and left the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 2008 to work at the DIA and became the Director, President and CEO in 2015.


Shhh, don’t tell everyone about this place.

You know that local place you just take for granted because they’ve always just been there?  For me, Bolyard Lumber in Birmingham is just that place.  Yes I’m just as guilty as everyone else and go to the big box stores.  They are just so “convenient” and their prices can’t be beat right?  Not so fast.  I was at the yard a couple days ago and I guy came in for some fasteners because his job was just around the corner and didn’t want to drive far and when he heard the total he was shocked to find out it was actually cheaper to buy from this store than the big place a few miles away.  It made me chuckle because I had discovered their top quality and very competitive prices years ago from a local builder.  As far as selection and service there isn’t anyone in the area that can beat them on that.  I picked up some Western Red Cedar that I needed for a project and i’ll tell you every time I left the yard with my latest batch of material, I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face it was so pretty.  They have helped me with great advice over the years and I can recommend them without reservation.  Check out their website at


Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade

jonlongthanksgivingdetroit2016Thanksgiving is only a couple days away and with it brings one of my favorite things to do (other than eat turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing…well you get it) that’s watching the parade.  This year marks the 90th anniversary for the parade and no doubt this year will be one of the best ever.  As many of you are aware, Woodward Ave is undergoing some major reconstruction for the new mass transit system.  Although some parts of the route will not be accessable, authorities have assured us it will not affect the festivities.  I suggest getting there early if you plan on attending either the Turkey Trot (sponsered by The Parade Company) or the Parade itself.  Hopefully I’ll see you there.