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I was driving past a storage company in our neighborhood that always puts funny phrases on their electronic sign – this week’s post was “Sorry, Moms, summer’s here.” I amazed myself by thinking, “You know what, that’s a good thing! I am loving summer with my kids.” Summer as a mom used to bring utter dread – and my kids didn’t help by always causing some kind of drama on the first day out of school: one year the younger one killed a frog by swinging it around too roughly and the next year, the older one dropped my cell phone into my iced coffee. And as a mom who works at a job other than being a mom, it can be stressful. But I’ve decided to adjust my attitude and behold, those days are gone! We haven’t had drama in several years and I now sit back, breathe, organize, and GO. And I “do not go gentle into that good night” – I go dancing and singing into summer. We’ve been playing quite a bit of Lady Gaga super loud and are laughing as much as we can. I hope you can do the same.

I find it’s helpful to have activities for kids in the summer so I have a perfect one to recommend this Friday – that I’ve already told you about, but in case you missed it – it’s the “I Can Do Anything!” film screening at Discovery Green. I’ve chosen several short films to show and the evening opens with music by Girls Rock Houston starting at 7pm; the movie starts at dusk. It’s a perfect, free family outing and is a “Popcorn Kids” presentation that are programs for children organized by the wonderful Aurora Picture Show. See below for more details on that and a cool “Stop Motion Animation” workshop that Aurora is presenting on Saturday at Whole Foods at 701 Waugh Drive at W. Dallas.

You can also catch me at several other places this month and next – below is a brief listing of the events. I’d love to meet you!

  • Tomorrow (June 7) and next Thursday, June 14, join me for “Gabbing with Gish,” a one-hour lunchtime session in which I teach about different interesting topics from noon-1pm at the Central Library downtown. Tomorrow’s topic is “Marketing Yourself and Your Business—Find Your Tribe” and next Thursday my talk will be “Houston Is Great—Enjoying Local History and Culture.” It’s free and I always have handouts.

  • Transitions and Transformations will be the topic of two workshops I am presenting on June 19 and 26, 6:30-8:30pm, for Brigid’s Place as part of their “Tuesday Nights with Brigid’s Place” at the Havens Center at 1827 W. Alabama. The first night will cover transitions and how to start from where we are to make changes and the second night will cover transformations and how to enjoy the change we’ve created. The cost is $60/both nights and $45/one night and includes 2 books that we’ll use as guides.

  • I’m working with the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto and presenting a workshop for middle school girls – “The Wizard of Oz is aMAZE-ing!” It’s a movie-themed workshop in which we’ll screen the 1939 classic and then spend the day using lessons from the film and connecting it to their aMAZE! journey. The cost is $20/girl and the dates are Wednesday, July 18 or Saturday, August 4, 9am-4pm. You can register by calling 713.292.0370. It’s not online yet, but will be soon.

  • If you’re looking for your purpose in life, join astrologer Kevin Casey and me for “What’s Your Purpose?, a 2 hour workshop about ways to catch your dreams and uncover who you really are, using tools from astrology as well as personal intuition. The cost is $40/person.

Big congrats to Juanita Robinson, Marsha LaCour Clemons, and Rita Lee! They were last week’s winners of THE SUMMER BOOK: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS. All they did was like my GISH PICKS Facebook page! So it’s easy: like that page TODAY and you’ll score! I’ll send you a book as soon as I get your mailing address. I’ll be doing this throughout the summer, so stay tuned for announcements here and be sure to check your Facebook message box to see if you’re a winner.

I’m still posting (almost) daily about “Houston Gems” – places, people, and things that make Houston great – so follow me on twitter ( or “like” my HOUSTON GEMS Facebook page to learn about cool Houston. All my past gems are archived on twitter (search for #houstongems) and on the Facebook page, so you can grab them and EXPLORE! Yesterday I posted about Hedwig Park, the best shaded park in Houston so you’ll get great family fun ideas as well. And I know you’ll be looking for more fun field trip ideas for your family, so check out my ATTRACTIONS page on my website. There’s no excuse not to get out there and see the wide world of Houston!

Have a great week and GO.FIND.FUN.

Events for the Weekend of June 8, 2012

Aurora Popcorn Kids


Join me and the Aurora Picture Show staff at Discovery Green this Friday, June 8, 7pm (movie starts at dusk) for the Popcorn Kids “I Can Do Anything!” screening of film shorts by, about, and for kids that celebrates children who truly can do anything because they still know how to dream! You'll get to see the story of elementary school students who turned their concrete playground into a garden paradise; an animated cartoon about Marvin, a boy with a hole in his head; and a five year-old weatherman named Matthew. Before the screening as the sun sets, there will be a special performance by Girls Rock Camp Houston. The films were selected by me – I know you’ll love them!

Then the next day, on Saturday, June 9, from noon-3pm, the Aurora Picture Show is presenting a very cool, free “Youth Stop-Motion Animation Workshop” at Whole Foods Market Montrose, 701 Waugh Drive. Kids will get to learn about a form of animation in which still photographs and objects are filmed and manipulated in ways that make them appear to move on their own. Kids and teens can use fruits and vegetables from Whole Foods Market to create short films that spread the message of environmental responsibility or healthy habits. Aurora Picture Show volunteers will help participants create their story and local filmmakers will help bring them to life. Special thanks to Whole Foods Market for their support of Popcorn Kids Mobile Media Literacy programs in the community. Register in advance please as space is limited.


I’m a big fan of yoga, especially for kids, so I was happy to see that Blue Tree Yoga is offering a free children’s program this Saturday, June 9, from 11-11:45am. “Yogiños: Yoga for Youth®” is an OHMazing™ interdisciplinary kids yoga curriculum in English, Spanish, and Sanskrit that includes yoga, storytelling, music, and more. Their yoga for kids program weaves together the 8 Limbs of Yoga with original art, music, games, stories, and other mindful, sensory-integrated activities to promote flexibility, strength, balance, collaboration, civic and social responsibility, mindfulness, nutrition, and wellness on and off the yoga mat. The program has accompanying bilingual yoga DVDs, kids yoga music CDs, and other bilingual educational products for schools, studios and homes.

All ages are welcome and you can call 713.839.9642 for more information.

Yogiños: Yoga for Youth®

Summer Strikes Back!


We love the library so many summers have been kicked off by having my kids participate in their cool summer reading program – this year the theme is “Summer Strikes Back!. Kids can visit any Houston Public Library location or register from a home computer through August 1. They then read or listen to books which they enter on an online reading log either at home or with the help of your librarian. Upon completion, kids can go to their local Houston Public Library location to pick up prizes at the 10 and 20 book level. The libraries also present a slew of fun activities each week – at my branch, the Jungman Branch, they are hosting a mystery book club and the Nature Discovery Center this month. For a complete list of library events, click here and find the library closest to you.

Barnes and Noble also offers a fun summer reading program; this year’s theme is “Imagination’s Destination” and kids win free books at the end. Happy Reading!

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  • GISH PICKS, which is online and emailed out to thousands of parents and caregivers;

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Sarah Gish
1940-A Fountainview, PMB 116
Houston, Texas 77057
phone/fax: 713.482.7065

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