WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS MONTH?
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Each month I cull through HUNDREDS of events in Houston and curate the best for you by highlighting six inspiring events (“PICKS”) and one “SPIRIT SPOTLIGHT” (an inspiring person or bricks-and-mortar place) as well as products, classes and workshops, and services. I focus on culture and art, meditation, spiritual events, healthy living, one-of-a kind moments, and organizations that enlighten and inspire Houstonians. I’m so amazed by this city and I want to share my delight with you!
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Helloooo April! As I write this, it’s been cold & hot & warm & cold again. Spring can’t decide if it wants to join us. But I’m ready for the sunshine and a little warmth (maybe you are too?!), so, come on -- #bringonspring. As always, there is a ton going on this month and below are my faves. But first, I want to point out a couple of special things happening.
Did you know that Houston was designated a “Compassionate City” in 2015? Read all about that evolution here, which was led by the nonprofit Compassionate Houston. They are kicking off a week of compassion – Compassion Week 2016 – this Sunday, April 10, with a fun, FREE festival from 2-5pm at the lovely Buffalo Bayou Water Works. I’ll have a table there so I hope you’ll join me. I’d love to see you! Read below for all the details.
If you haven’t been to the new Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer – join me for my programs and get a tour! It’s located at 500 Fannin Street at Prairie and I lead quarterly labyrinth walks and host a monthly speaker series. My next labyrinth walk will be on “World Labyrinth Day,” which is Saturday, May 7. Join me at the Hines Center from 1-3pm and please register in advance here. My next “WORDS OF WISDOM: lively talks on inspiring topics” speaker will be Trudi Smith of Buffalo Bayou Partnership on Friday, April 29, noon-1pm. More details on her talk are below and here. Please mark your calendar and plan to join me at the Hines Center!
I love being busy – I’m a curious mama and a “life-aholic” as a friend once said. And getting out there and getting involved helps YOU because I find out about all kinds of cool things as I explore my world. But sometimes, I’ve got to say “no.” That word is so little, and yet so powerful! It helps us set boundaries and to take care of ourselves and to enjoy life more. I ran across this terrific article about saying no -- maybe it’ll help you if you are searching for more “no’s” in your life.
This coming weekend, April 8-10, is (woo hoo!) the Houston Art Car Parade. I’ll be rolling with my Phoenix Rising Art Car in slot #226 so be sure to wave as we drive by. There’s a new route this year – only downtown due to Allen Parkway construction – and the Legendary Art Car Ball is on Friday night, April 8. I block out my entire week for this time of year. I love it!
The theme for the 2016 “WORDS OF WISDOM” talks is “Houston’s Great!” so I thought it would be fun to share a couple of pieces that shower love on our city. The first one is a New York Times article from their “36 Hours” series, called “36 Hours in Houston.” They label us “America’s youngest city” – not exactly true but, hey, I think it’s a compliment! It’s worth a click just to see their beautiful photo of downtown and Buffalo Bayou. And this week’s VIDEO PICK is from the Yahoo news series “Cities Rising: Rebuilding America,” which focused on Houston after the oil bust. Even me, an intrepid Houstonian, learned some new things. Enjoy!
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Have a great April, hug those you love, and happy PICK-ing!