WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS WEEKEND?
Yippee! THE SUMMER BOOK: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS is out in some stores! You can find it NOW at Blue Willow Bookshop; Brazos Bookstore; British Isles; Children's Museum of Houston; Christ Church Cathedral (downtown); Fundamentally Toys; Kaboom Books (Heights); The Motherhood Center; and the River Oaks Bookstore. And I’m pleased to announce my newest retailer: Cactus Music, which also has it in stock. I’ve been going to that store since it was Cactus Records and Tapes (raise your hand if you remember that!) and it’s been fun to see it evolve and continue to thrive as Houston’s first indie music store. If you haven’t been to their new location, check them out: they’re doing a lot of events for families and stock some of the best kid stuff for miles around. If you’d rather get THE SUMMER BOOK delivered to your doorstep, hop online and order now and we’ll send it out in a jiffy. And if you’d like to hear tonza ideas for summer family fun, hire me to present my talk “Sounds Like a Summer Plan,” in which I give audiences great ideas on how to survive and thrive in hot Houston summers and I also bring brochures from organizations all over town. If you’re looking for more enrichment, I present talks and workshops on a variety of other topics, including how to create a personal mission statement and daily practices for a healthy life. Click here for more details.
Going green is in but I think it’s starting to become a lifestyle for many people and is now more than just a trend. I say this because everywhere I turn, there are events, groups, and people all dedicated to taking care of our planet and Houston seems to be at the forefront of this paradigm shift in my opinion (others think so too – check out this article about Houston ranking 16th as one of the nation’s top green cities). I went to a fabulous talk last week at Rothko Chapel about eating as a spiritual act by Dr. Norman Wirzba and it made me pause. As a busy mom of two boys who need to get here, there, and everywhere, I want to make our mealtimes more sacred (hey, I can have goals, right?!). Four suggestions Dr. Wirzba gave us were: 1) grow your own food, 2) get involved in the food economy, 3) share food as a community ("companion" literally means "share bread"), and 4) say grace/meditate before every meal. I believe in everyday activism, meaning that it’s important to start where you are and do what you can every day to make the world a better place. So if nothing else, how about we all slow down and bless our food before we dig in? Want to do more? Check out below for some suggestions for other ways to be activist parents. It often only takes a minute to make a big change. As my favorite anthropologist Margaret Mead said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
It’s Spring Break this week and because I need a break too, this week’s GISH PICKS is short and sweet. If you’re looking for more ideas, check out my Family Resources page which has a list of Houston area attractions and family-friendly restaurants. In the cultural world, you can get your tickets now for the very green and very important Mountainfilm in Telluride on Tour in Houston that will be at Rice Media Center on the evenings of Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31. FotoFest® opens this Friday, March 16 and runs through April 29 (a departure from years past when it was only in March) -- it’s the first international Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art in the United States. And the French Cultures Festival continues all month long with events sponsored by the French Alliance and other groups; coming up next weekend (March 23-25) is "Five Funny French Films" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Won’t it be fun to laugh?!
So what’s YOUR pick this weekend? Get out there and do it and GO.FIND.FUN! AND, enjoy the rest of your Spring Break!!!