Druid Hills redefines itself – for the better?

J. Marcus Patton

Sometimes the motives that drive us are those that we hide from ourselves. Sometimes we know exactly what we are doing and why.

The community in which I grew up, that nurtured my earliest concepts of how the world works, is in a highly orchestrated, deeply politicized, and heavily lawyered state of rebellion. It’s how polite people with time and money take care of business.

Some neighborhood activists in the Druid Hills area, located in the northeast Atlanta suburbs in unincorporated DeKalb County, want to be annexed into the city of Atlanta. This movement comes in the wake of a period in recent years that saw scandals and criminal prosecutions of members of both the DeKalb County government and the DeKalb school system. It also follows the defeat of an initiative to create a “charter cluster” of the schools that feed into Druid Hills High School. That proposal was voted…

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Diversity is a fact of life – and an opportunity

J. Marcus Patton

On a schoolyard playground in Georgia, happy voices from around the world ring out. Children whose parents were born on different continents play together. Children whose forebears oppressed each other, colonized and exploited each other, fought revolutions and waged wars over whose sacraments to God were most favored, now kick soccer balls and hold hands and make friends without feeling the burden of that awful history.

People have done terrible things to one another and built walls to hold each other back for thousands of years. We are social creatures who thrive on community, and yet paradoxically we also create institutions to separate ourselves into factions and create enemies out of neighbors. Then we enshrine these institutions as cherished traditions.

Adults are charged with carrying on these traditions, but children are born free.

In DeKalb County, Georgia, the world has come to make its home in a profound and promising…

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Decatur GA!

Staycation Atlanta

ImageThis is one of my favorite places in Atlanta and when you go you will totally understand why. It’s a great small town feeling with lots of friendly people, just a great vibe! I will revisit often to show you more, this is just the beginning. Squash Blossom Boutique has unique cute clothing, shoes and accessories. It is trendsetting.

The restaurants are part of the greatness! Iberian Pig, awesome memorable meals! Sweet Melissa’s has some great and I mean great breakfast meals. There is one restaurant that has dishes that are craveable to me.

ImageThey have a a lot of dishes with Hatch chiles. They have a green chile roast every year in September. But the thing I love best are the enchiladas, order them and then thank me. The chowder is awesome also! I was hesitant to share, but it is so great, you must at least try it.


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leon’s full service – atlanta, ga

kelsey v

since we took last week off from nrw, i decided we’d go for something indulgent this wednesday, and indulge we did!  leon’s full service in decatur was the pick of the week, and considering i’d only heard good things, i was excited that we were finally giving it a try ourselves.

the idea here at leon’s is that you are going to have the best part of your day at their tables and that you will be itching to come back again.  they strive to provide only the best service and hospitality in addition to a great meal and equally as great drinks.  after beginning brick store pub nearly 15 years ago, mike, dave, and tom took a new turn when they started leon’s in february 2009.  since then, chef eric ottensmeyer and sous chef robert lupo have been bringing “fun and seasonal aspects to neighborhood pub cuisine.”  the menu…

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