WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS MONTH?
Welcome to SPIRIT PICKS: A GUIDE TO INSPIRING ACTIVITIES IN HOUSTON! You are receiving this email either because you signed up for it or because it’s something I thought would be of interest to you. If you would like to unsubscribe, please do so using the link in the footer of this email. And if you’re in Facebooklandia, please sidle over there and LIKE our page.
I’ve been producing a blog/e-newsletter called GISH PICKS: A GUIDE TO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES for over ten years so I decided it was time to expand my horizons to match my interests in culture and art, meditation, spiritual events, healthy living, and organizations that enlighten and inspire Houstonians. Each month, I will highlight six inspiring events (“PICKS”) and one “SPIRIT SPOTLIGHT” (an inspiring bricks-and-mortar place) as well as products, classes and workshops, and services.
SPIRIT PICKS will always be free to my readers so I’ll need advertising support to offset the cost of researching, writing, and designing it. If you are interested in advertising, please contact me. And so that we can spread the news of these great happenings in Houston, please share this information far and wide via email and social media with your friends and family members that might be interested or send them this link: www.spiritpicks.com.
Happy Birthday to SPIRIT PICKS! It’s been a full year of PICK-ing inspiring events and I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey as much as I have. My goal is to open your eyes to all the eclectic, marvelous, and interesting events that Houston has to offer each month – and I’m thrilled that I’ve uncovered many hidden gems along the way. Thank you to all my faithful advertisers – artMIXstudio; Sally Bartolameolli; Marian Bell; Bright Sky Press; Brigid's Place; Angela Caughlin; Clean is Good; Dawn Mountain; Discovery Green; Float Houston; Global Organization for Divinity; Guide to Good Divorce; Houston Ayurveda Wellness Center; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; Houston Footlights Theatre; Inprint; Interfaith Ministries; Jennyoga; Jyoti Maa; Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company; Mountainfilm Houston; A Moveable Feast; Angela Passaretti; Robert Reed; Dr. Monica Roberson; Rothko Chapel; Salata Westchase; Samskriti; Smith Opticians; and Stark Naked Theatre. I couldn’t have published SPIRIT PICKS each month without all of you! Please make a note of these organizations and support them whenever you can.
I will be celebrating this milestone every year with a special SPIRIT PICKS ART CONTEST, which was sponsored this year by artMIXstudio, a groovy and creative place that hosts weekly adult art classes as well as a slew of ones for the kiddos. The contest idea all started with a phrase that I wrote:
Inspiring realities take root in wild visions.
I wanted an artist to create an image inspired by that phrase so I put out a call for entries on Facebook. Happily, I got 8 terrific ones by passionate artists that you can see here. The public voted by LIKE-ing the art and voila – we had a winner of $100! Congratulations to Janise Cookston, whose image is below. She’s very talented and was able to capture the essence of the sentence with her vision. I can’t wait for next year: I’ll enlist a local Houston writer to come up with a phrase and we’ll again put out a call for entries. SPIRIT PICKS is all about letting the creativity flow…
Janise Cookston, www.janisecookston.com
November is a busy time of year, with the holidays starting and all the hustle and bustle. If you’re a curious sort (like me), here’s a great list of faith celebrations of all kinds. I hope you’ll relax into this season and take the time to enjoy family and friends and also to go within a bit. I host monthly labyrinth walks, as do many of my friends, so if you’re interested in joining us along the path, please check out our Facebook page. My next walk will be Saturday, December 13, 10am at the Historic Freedman’s Town Labyrinth. If you’d like to know about other upcoming walks, here’s a handy list compiled by Bayou City Magazine.
Have a great November, hug those you love, and happy PICK-ing!