WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS WEEKEND?
Recently I heard a political activist (Ai Wei Wei to be specific) state that the revolution of our time is TRANSPARENCY. We have been through the Civil Rights movement and the 1960s freedom train but the newest movement on our hands, in my opinion, is the call to transparency for corporations and individuals. I don’t think I need to go into detail for you, dear GISH PICKS reader, about that – surely you’ve read the news?! But all the latest hoopla that’s been going on has made me think about the importance of shopping local. Below is an image borrowed from a friend’s Facebook page that I just love – it basically says it all for me. If you’re looking to have an impact in your world, think about shopping with your dollars. Where we spend our money influences what and who becomes successful. It’s as simple as that. As a busy mama, I don’t always have time to become “political” in the grand sense of the word, but I can become an everyday activist with my shopping choices. In fact, one year I gave up shopping at non-local businesses for Lent --- not an easy task! Houston has hopped on the local motion bandwagon – there’s a terrific organization that is encouraging spending dollars right here in H-town – “Support Local, Grow Together” (#slgt on twitter and on Facebook). I hope you’ll join me in the revolution to create a self-sustaining, thriving, growing city! It’s a great example to set for our kids.
As you may know, I love to support cultural activities – this newsletter blog is an example of that. I also love Houston, so back in March, I created a Facebook page, Houston Gems, to celebrate unique people, places, and things about Houston. Stop by and check out the Gems and feel free to add some of your own. And recently I decided that I was tired of negativity on Facebook, so I created a public “event” called “Enjoy Life (every day).” If you’re on Facebook, you can see it here. It’s kind of a crazy idea – taking a concept (enjoying life) and turning it into an event – but it’s really caught on. Many people are not only “going to Enjoy Life” but they’re also sharing on the page HOW they enjoy life! It’s so much fun – I hope you’ll join us. And finally, while you’re surfing around Facebook land, please like my two Facebook pages touting my products for parents: GISH PICKS and THE SUMMER BOOK: A GUIDE TO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES. My business grows by word of mouth, so your endorsing me to your friends is a great way to “Support Local”!
Have a great week and GO.FIND.FUN.