Dear GISH PICKS reader,

Greetings! Because it’s been a crazy week for me with the kids underfoot, I decided to reach out to you in this way rather than picking three PICKS like I usually do. In fact, I’m putting YOU in charge of the picking! Stroll around my "Cool Community Calendars" page and see what fun you can get into. And if you’re looking for field trip ideas, I recommend you start with my "Family Resources" page which includes a list of attractions in and around Houston as well as family-friendly restaurants.

Summer can be a crazy time for those of us with kids, so I hope you are hanging in there. If not, I feel your pain! It’s not easy being a fulltime working mom alongside all the myriad of activities kids can do. If you’re still looking for some summer camps for your kids, I promise you it’s not too late. I suggest you hop on my GISH PICKS archive page and click on the summer camp e-blasts. There are some great suggestions there. Or if you’d like a more comprehensive guide to summer camps, THE SUMMER BOOK: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS can help you out. Purchase it at any of the local retailers listed or order it from me directly and you’ll receive it in the mail within a few days of your order date. All the info about getting the book is online. And I’m still available to talk about summertime fun for families to groups, so feel free to reply to this email for more information or to call me at 713.482.7065 and I’ll be glad to help you out.

It’s the Summer Solstice so enjoy this longest day of the year. It’s said that this Solstice is related to the seventh chakra and that obstacles will be removed and that everyone will receive many blessings and enjoy new beginnings. Sounds great to me! I created a series of "Mod Mandalas" based on the seven chakras and I’m pictured here with the seventh one. It’s a reminder to me that I love art and making it. If there is some urging like that inside of you that needs to be expressed, I can help! I regularly present a “What’s Your Purpose?” workshop at Body Mind & Soul in which my friend Kevin Casey and I guide people about how to follow their dreams and be who they’re meant to be. Our next one is Saturday, July 21, 3-5pm; click here to register and for more information. If you’re looking for more personal one-on-one assistance on how to follow your passion, I’m available for 30-minute or one hour intuitive guidance sessions at Body Mind & Soul; click here for details. I meet people by appointment so call the store and they’ll be glad to help you out.

I’ll be back with PICKS next week so e-see you then! In the meantime, don’t forget to GO.FIND.FUN.

GISH PICKS is a free weekly email in which I highlight family-oriented cultural events, products or services. Please note that I "highlight" events, but I don't know if they are appropriate for your particular children, so choose wisely based on age, maturity and interests. I know many of you go to events based on GISH PICKS recommendations; PLEASE remember to tell the organization that you are there because of us. Word-of-mouth like yours helps our business to grow. In the same spirit, please also feel free to share GISH PICKS with friends and families.

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The purpose of GISH PICKS is to help parents become aware of all the fun things they can do with their children in Houston and the surrounding area, so GO FIND FUN! Please do give me feedback and ideas, as you are out there in the trenches also looking for interesting things for your family and I want to hear what you find.

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My goal is to serve as an information resource for Houston parents through my various endeavors, including:

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

  • THE SUMMER BOOK®: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS which comes out annually in March and is sold at bookstores all over Houston, including Barnes and Noble; and

  • OTHER SERVICES including SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS, PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS, and ART PROGRAMS that cover topics such as summertime fun, passion-finding (for adults, children and families), marketing, historic preservation, art classes, and activism. All of these services can be tailored for any audience and budget.

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

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