WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS WEEKEND?
Greetings and welcome to GISH PICKS: A GUIDE TO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES, a free weekly e-newsletter/blog I created as a service to the Houston community in 2003 in which I cull from the loads of activities in our city and pick three weekend events (“PICKS”) to recommend to parents, caregivers, and educators all over Houston. I’m a mom and am always looking for cultural – yet FUN! – events for my family and I am so happy to share them with YOU. My business grows by word of mouth so please enjoy the events and please share this blog. And be sure to tell the organizations you visit that you heard about them from me. And if you’re in Facebooklandia, please sidle over there and like our GISH PICKS Facebook page and share it with your friends and family and elsewhere on social media, too. Don’t want to miss any posts? Click on the drop-down LIKE button and then check “See First” under “In Your Newsfeed.” Thanks!
Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. I’ve got a list of ideas below – there’s no excuse not to celebrate!
Orlando is weighing heavily on my mind this week, of course. The largest mass shooting in U.S. history has touched on so many issues that our country is grappling with that I couldn’t even begin to write all my thoughts and feelings here. I have been crying and connecting and doing what I do when tragedy strikes. I grieve in community so I’ve been talking and going to vigils and posting in social media and just getting through it. I stand in solidarity with people that are being attacked – the LGBT community and the Muslim community. There are gun issues, insanity, repressed sexuality issues, political issues – SO MUCH! I have two mantras right now that are helping me get through this: “Tikkun Olam,” the Hebrew phrase for “Heal/Repair the World” and “Love Always Wins.” Perhaps they’ll help you. And it is my belief that, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that,” so I’m focusing on ways I can lighten the world.
I wanted to do something, anything in response to the attack, so I am hosting a “Community Labyrinth Walk for #Orlando Peace” – it’s this Saturday from 2-3pm at the University of St. Thomas labyrinth; click here for all the details. And on Friday, June 24, noon-1pm, I’m hosting my monthly WOW talk, which is part of the series “WORDS OF WISDOM: lively talks on inspiring topics.” This month, coincidentally, Dr. Betty Adam will be speaking about “Compassion as a Way of Life” and you can see all the details here. We planned that months ago but the timing is perfect.
If you are looking for support for kids, there’s a flood support group that meets weekly at the Jewish Family Service and I’ve got info about that below. Additionally, HATCH offers support and meetings for LGBT kids 13-19 years old – see more about that here.
If you still need summer camp help, many camps still have openings. Click here to access THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS, a guide I’ve been producing since 2003. Or you can remember my new web page: www.daycampshouston.com – pass it on and tell your friends. I’ll also be highlighting CAMP PICKS on my Facebook page so be sure to check in there for ideas. My guide is the largest and most accurate online searchable database in Houston and you’re gonna love it when looking for camps! And, best of all, you can surf it from anywhere.
Jimmy Fallon did a very moving monologue about the Orlando tragedy so it’s my VIDEO PICK this week. As he said, “For the sake of all humanity we must put away petty differences and realize that even if we disagree on things we can still know and love each other no matter what.” Say it, brother!
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Have a great week, love one another, please share this, and GO.FIND.FUN.