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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It’s the holiday season, full on – so each year I try to dial it down and focus on what’s important: family, friends, giving, loving, and art. This is the reason I created SPIRIT PICKS – because art enriches my life and gives it meaning. It connects me to others – the community that enjoys art as well as the artists and the art itself. And I’m not alone in this art love-fest – scientists have discovered that appreciating art can stave off disease, as seen in this article, and that art can increase mental health, as seen in this article. The Houston Center for Photography is hosting a panel on “The Value of Art to Healing and Social Connectedness” on Thursday, December 3 at 6pm. It sounds fascinating!
As this month’s crazy ramps up, I also work on keeping my exercise routine and nature time (30 minutes daily for both) intact. If you’re a biker like me, be sure to get to the “Bike Fest” on Saturday, December 13 – an all day affair that benefits Bike Houston. By the way, if you haven’t tried out the City of Houston’s B-Cycle bike rentals, you’re missing out! They’re super fun, easy, and inexpensive. And if it’s a nature fix you’re needing, this “Get Out Here Houston” website is your best guide – the calendar is chock full of daily suggestions of outings and is sponsored by organizations such as the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center and Houston Wilderness.
It’s the season for giving so I’d like to give you my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! poster – click here to access it. Feel free to post it and share it. I’d love to spread the fire and IGNITE lives! As part of that project, I’m creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind bracelets that have the 12 words from the 12 ways to ignite your life daily (see samples here) and I’ll be selling those at the Unity of Houston bookstore on Sunday, December 6 from 8:30am-2pm. A portion of each purchase goes to Archway Academy and Teen and Family Services, two organizations that help teens in recovery. I’d love to see you there!
I also like to give the gift of information and exploration – so be sure to click here for my monthly write-up on the local art film scene in my “GISH AT THE MOVIES” column featured in Local Houston Magazine. And each month I lead labyrinth walks on the first Saturday at a different site around the city – click here for a list of Houston area labyrinths (more than 20!) and be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, January 2, 1-3pm to join us at the University of St. Thomas labyrinth, which is located in the Felicie Babin Gueymard Memorial Garden next to the gold-domed Chapel of St. Basil, near the corner of W. Alabama and Montrose.
Sometimes I like to just stop and look at things differently and mix things up. This month’s VIDEO PICK did just that. It was introduced to me by my younger son and I’m grateful because it showed me what is possible. Artists in Croatia created a sea organ and a light box – watch and experience. It’s nature meets art at its finest!
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Have a great December, hug those you love, and happy PICK-ing!