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!
Are you still needing summer camp help? Doncha worry -- many camps still have openings as you can see in our latest curated guide to camps, here. If you want a list of over 200 camps to choose from, 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.
My heart is heavy this week as our country struggles to recover from the violence that, YET AGAIN, is happening. There is racial tension and political tension. And our melting pot of people, a beautiful thing at its best, is trying to figure out how to live together. I think it starts with talking to our kids about racism. This excellent article in the Huffington Post addressed it perfectly, as the author states so succinctly: “Every child who grows up to become a man or woman who refuses to judge others based on color, age, gender, sexual orientation, race, or creed helps make our world one in which love can prevail.” (I would add “economic status” to that list) As I write this, I am in Detroit, a city that is economically challenged and whose black community is struggling the most. There are pockets of extremely poor neighborhoods alongside super wealthy ones and it is an interesting microcosm of the world. I cannot turn a blind eye to what’s going on in Houston after seeing it so clearly in Detroit. I’ve been talking to a LOT of people about their lives here and about what’s going on. And I’m realizing I have a lot to learn. So I’ve made it a priority to #justlisten. I think that’s where we can start to resolve tension in our country.
This week’s VIDEO PICK features educator and activist Jane Elliot showing her brown eye/blue eye experiment to an Oprah audience. Dividing people by their eye color was how Hitler chose people for the gas chambers and it’s how racism works. My hope is that this video will cause you to look within yourself and see where you can improve your thoughts and judgments. I’ve had to do that while here in Detroit and it’s been a good thing.
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Have a great week, love one another, please share this, and GO.FIND.FUN.