WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS WEEKEND?
The world’s on fire for “Earth Day 2012” on April 22! It’s great that our green lens focuses on that day, but how about making every day your personal earth day? Do simple things like recycle, eschew all plastic bags, pick up trash, grow a garden. And if saving the planet on a more global scale while trying to raise kids is causing you eco-anxiety, you are not alone, my friend. Check out the super funny book, A Million Tiny Things, by my friend Kenna Lee. It’ll make you snort out your milk while comforting you about your part in global warming (as she says so perceptively, “I spent an unreasonable amount of energy trying to figure out which of all the 'try this to green your life' suggestions were most important, and which were, given my often stretched thin-trying-to-meet-the-basic-needs-of-three-kids-and-a-partner life, realistic and doable.”). Amen, sistah! The book’s not out yet so sign up on her email list to stay tuned.
Earth Day is being celebrated in Houston all kinds of ways – in fact, once we turned the calendar to April, we were off and running like mad earth scientists with a dizzying number of events including Earth Day Houston, which is sponsored by the Air Alliance Houston. AAH has also created a very cool annual project for kids – an Earth Day Art Contest in which kids win recognition and prizes and their work is auctioned off (at Winter Street Studios tomorrow night) and displayed all over Houston from now until the end of summer. Other happenings include Earth Day at the Houston Zoo this weekend, a screening of THIS SPACE AVAILABLE this Friday (April 20) at Worldfest Houston, the Writers in the Schools (WITS) Earth Day Poetry Reading this Sunday (April 22), and the Sustainable Living Fest next Saturday (May 5). By the way, WITS offers weekly free writing workshops and to celebrate “National Poetry Month,” you can sign up for their “A Poem A Day” project and receive glorious words by email. And just in case you didn’t know, Houston ranked 16 as the greenest big city in the U.S. last year (take that, Dallas, which we beat by one!).
I’m still tweeting daily about “Houston Gems” – places, people, and things that make Houston great – so follow me on twitter (www.twitter.com/sarahgish) or “like” my new Facebook page for it. Pretty soon I’ll have all my past gems loaded up there so you can grab them and EXPLORE! While you’re in Facebook land, don’t forget to slide over to my GISH PICKS site to like it too (I feel like I’m running Facebook popularity contests…).
On a very different note, the movie BULLY opened here last Friday. Thankfully it now has a PG-13 rating so that kids can see this important film about their peers and families whose lives have been severely affected by bullying, which includes kids committing suicide and killing each other. This is an epidemic that must be stopped – see the movie and take it to your school by letting administrators know about it. The first step in making changes is awareness.
Alrighty, it’s another gorgeous Wednesday so get out there and GO.FIND.FUN!