I was talking with my good friend Carolyn, I miss her lots and lots, she's studying in all the way in Tainjin, China! So yes, I was chatting with Carolyn when I remembered that I never got a chance to post this. A few weeks ago we attended a Critical Thinking seminar put on by the University. The presenter was pretty eccentric so I stayed  focused for a good bit of the time. Unfortunately I have a ridiculously short attention span and daydream regularly so you know Dr. Ndala M Booker was good at capturing her audience!  The seminar was aimed mainly on  increasing Critical Thinking skills. It was really informative and motivational. Most of the problems that we face each day can be avoided or solved through critical thinking.  I did a bit of research in hopes of condensing those hours into a few short tips that I could share with you. Author Dr. Mary Ellen Guffey has these five steps to better thinking, problem solving and decision making.

1. Identify and clarify the problem.  Recognize that a problem exists. The first step in reaching a solution is pinpointing the problem area.

2. Gather information.  Learn more about the problem.  Look for possible causes and solutions.

3. Evaluate the evidence.  Where did the information come from?  Does it represent various points of view?  How accurate is the information gathered?  Is it fact or opinion? 

4. Consider alternatives and implications.  Draw conclusions from the gathered evidence and pose solutions.  Then, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative.  What are the costs, benefits, and consequences?

5. Choose and implement the best alternative.  Select an alternative and put it into action.  Then, follow through on your decision by monitoring the results of implementing your plan.

 

Thanks for your feedback on the last post! I'll put your suggestions to good use in future The Spotlight features. I've got a few Caribbean designers, musicians and photographers who've agreed to be  in the line up!
I hope these critical thinking steps benefit you like they did me.

It's the weekend! What are your plans? I'm going to live vicariously through Carolyn's photos! 

Happy Friday
If you follow on Facebook you've probably had a sneak peak of this post.  The gorgeous and very lovely Josean is kicking off  the brand spanking new "The Spotlight" segment on Deep Fried Stilettos. This new segment is all about individuals and organizations who should have the spotlight placed on them for various reasons like great style, amazing talent and note-worthy accomplishments. Obviously this Caribbean fashionista gets it for the first. I'm very happy that she agreed to step into today's spotlight! She's got a such a knack for always putting together the nicest looks. Josean gets the spotlight for this fantastic ensemble, that I personally could not pull off, ever!  Josean in five words? Chic, silly, daring, eccentric and too-darn-awesomely-dramatic-to-labeled-a-drama-queen.
I know, I know that's thirteen words! She knows that I'm a sucker for pretty words so our gal sent these quotes to go along with the photos. Sweet eh?

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”  
-Elisabeth Kübler-Ross



People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have dared not to look, including inside ourselves. 
  -Salma Hayek


I've got a few amazing persons lined up to be featured. If you have suggestions of anyone who should be in The Spotlight, a friend, a family member...YOURSELF hit me up and let me know.

HAPPY THURSDAY!
 

 “Judge not the brother, for there are secrets in his heart you may weep to see.” ~Unknown

I try really hard not to judge people, really hard. Which is, well... umm, really hard!  As humans we make assumptions about others from the moment that we see them. Many times without speaking or interacting with them we make the biggest judgement calls, which are often wrong. We all do it. If a person looks or behaves a particular way we tend to believe that they have certain personality traits or qualifications. Or if a person says or does a certain thing we make assumptions about their mind set and feelings. Sometimes we do it subconsciously I do and that's wrong. The good news? We're human, we can work on changing our mind set.

 “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

On an entirely unrelated topic. I don't like mixing prints, I'm bad at it. I don't want to look like walking optical illusion. I did just that in these photos, not the optical illusion bit. I'll admit, mixing prints is a bit of an over statement here, since both the top and bottom are black polka dots. But, the top has lace roses, Ha, I should get an extra point or a cookie or a brownie, something for that!





It's Sunday, and this week's Mid-Semester which means lots work and studying! What are your plans today?

A huge, ginormous THANK YOU to those who've supported Deep Fried Stilettos on Facebook. You have no idea how grateful I am for that!

HAPPY SUNDAY!



Hey, I've got some news!

I've finally decided to publish the Facebook page that I created for Deep Fried Stilettos. I've never published it out of fear that no one would like it, literally. Only a few people in my personal life know about this space, so what I was even more afraid that others that I knew would past judgement.  Now I am over all of that! I'm unashamed of my writing, ideas, thoughts and posts! If people want to judge, let them. I love doing this, it makes me happy, those closest to me support it!

WE'RE ON  FACEBOOK!!!! I'm so excited! I'll say it again...WE'RE ON FACEBOOK!!

You know what would make me even more excited? If you liked and shared the page! Just click on one of the links above and go to the page and like it, share it even, it's hardly
going to take anytime!

What's making your day today?? Any thing got you excited?

HAPPY TUESDAY!!!
 

It's been ages since I've had a good lime with friends.  A lime is basically Trinidadian or maybe it's Caribbean slang for hanging out with friends, which can happen anywhere,at the beach, at the river, at the movies...anywhere. We had a mall lime and let me tell you, it was great! We spent the afternoon in Trinicity Mall doing a bit of window shopping, actual shopping and of-course stuffing food into our mouths!We had Buss-up-shut and pizza, then washed it all down with coffee and Chillers from Rituals. If you've got a Rituals near you, go there and order a Pralines and Cream!

So I bet you're wondering what the heck Buss-up-shut is, well it's a party in your mouth and curry got invited! I'll admitted the first time I saw it I wondered why on earth anyone would eat "curry soup" and I took I little bite and man o man!  Buss-up-shut is made up of Paratha Roti, (the floury dough-like stuff, sorry but I have only the faintest idea of how it's made), served with a curried meat, I chose beef, but you could have whatever they've got, chicken, goat, shrimp or duck. Then you've got the almost endless sides like curried potatoes and channa, spinach, mango and pumpkin. I had the curried potatoes and channa and pumpkin, it was so darn good! The best part is that you eat this spicy flavor packed meal with your hands, or if you're lame like me, a spoon.


 

How's your weekend so far? Any special plans?
 I'm gonna take I nap now and hope that my roommate's alarm doesn't wake me. Then maybe I'll go on a Doubles run later tonight, I haven't eaten them in a while.

HAPPY WEEKEND!