How to Learn History

By Sara Boyle, intern

As an English major and humanities nerd, I am fascinated by history. It was never my favorite subject in school because I had trouble putting the sequences of events we were taught into relevant context. However, in recent years, through documentaries, plays, and historical fiction novels, I have discovered that I love history for one of the same reasons I love a good story: fondness for a complex character. Whether it’s Julius Caesar, Emma Bovary, or even Walter White, a character with contradictions leaves me thinking about them long after I finish reading (or watching). One character I have learned about extensively in the last few months is Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States.

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An Easter Feast!

By Amanada Barsky, intern

Easter is coming, and for some, that means a religious holiday. But no matter what your religion, Easter is a celebration of spring and renewal, a time where everyone can gather with family and enjoy the flowers, food, and sunshine.

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Rodeo Reads

By Sara Boyle, intern

March in Houston means two things: spring break and rodeo season. During a week-long break from classes, what better to do than gorge yourself on barbecue or take in some mutton bustin? This week as you and your family partake in the festivities, read one of these picture books celebrating the spirit of Texas each day.

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Saucy Spring Cocktails

By Kyndall Krist, intern

Spring is around the corner, which means warmer temperatures, blossoming flowers, and new life all around us. It’s also a time of year that many of us enjoy relaxing outside on the patio with a refreshing drink. Along with a variety of delicious food recipes, The Sauce: A Celebration of the Flavor That Changed Everything also shares unique cocktail recipes that utilize Fischer & Wieser’s Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, lovingly nicknamed “The Sauce.”

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All in the Family

By Sara Boyle, intern

I love a good family story. Maybe because it checks all the boxes that grab a reader: true grit, fascinating characters, and thrilling plotlines. The storyteller in me not only loves finding out more about where my family came from, but hearing about other people’s roots as well. Growing up with my Irish father and southern Jewish mother, I can’t help but be fascinated by genealogy and the tales unearthed with a little bit of research on one’s past. 

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Trolls and Fairies and Sticky Toffee Pudding, Oh My!

By Kyndall Krist, intern

Fairy tales often ignite our imaginations while also teaching valuable lessons. Thistle Downe follows the enchanting story of Tyson, a young troll, in his quest to overcome the hardships of his early life in order to better himself and to be with his love, a fairy named Amelia. Set in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, a place rich with folktale culture, this story demonstrates that you can rise above any obstacle with determination and creative thinking (and maybe a little sticky toffee pudding).

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To Love or Not to Love?

By Casey Froehlich, intern

Many magazines and self-help books will claim that they can give you a guaranteed, step-by-step plan to make any man fall in love with you. They want you to believe that love is simple, and that you are the only one who doesn’t know embarrassingly obvious secret to romantic bliss. You might even begin to believe them as you hear friends and family talking about big plans for Valentine’s Day while you are on your own, or maybe in a relationship that has lost a little of its heat. But don’t.

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Cook up a Super Bowl Fiesta

By Kyndall Krist, intern

Let’s face it, the Texans didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add some delicious Tex-Mex to your Super Bowl party this year. Whether you want to spice it up with some salsa or cool down with a margarita, Elizabeth Stone’s An Invitation to Entertain: Recipes for Gracious Parties has you covered.

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Moments that Matter

By Kate Sanford, intern

When we have indescribable moments, moments we want to wrap up and save for later but just aren’t sure how, photography can be a trusty, though tricky, tool to use. Capturing the emotion of the moment—a live, experiential moment—on a rectangular, two-dimensional piece of paper is difficult. No one knows this better than parents. Every mother and father wants to capture their child in the various moments of growing up, but the practice of doing so, and doing it well, often seems out of reach.

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“Oobleck, Slime & Dancing Spaghetti”

By Akshaya Iyer, intern

As back-to-school preparations rear their ugly head, you might find your little one suffering from a serious case of the mid-school year blues. It’s that unnecessary and unfulfilling period of the year that just draws out- not quite exciting and fresh like the fall and not nearly as fantastic as the end of spring, as summer draws near. With Christmas over, and Science Fair around the corner, keeping your child’s attention and interest is a tough job.

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