Drop and Give Me 5 Pounds

By Aries Jones, intern

Is “eating healthier” one of your resolutions for the New Year? Well, you’re not alone! In fact, the act of dieting and exercising is among one of the top ten New Year’s resolutions Americans make every year. This isn’t hard to believe considering the fact that the New Year follows two major holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas. More often than not, on these two days of the year we are surrounded by a buffet of food. The only way to make ourselves feel better about the mouth-watering homemade stuffing and double fudge chocolate cake is participating in shameless healthy eating.

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O Writings of Comfort and Joy!

By Annie Gallay

We all know Christmas is coming, its arrival signaled by every one of our senses. Radio stations and stores alike have been blasting carols since before we carved the turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Starbucks has substituted cream-colored cups for crimson containers. There’s the scent of cinnamon, the taste of eggnog, the feel of ancient ornaments in our careful grasp as we trim the token tree. We’re all prepping for peace, love, and joy. We behave our very best, bursting at the seams from generosity and a fair portion of holiday ham. Merriness comes easily for an entire month.

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Read it and reap!

By EJ Freeburn

In today’s fast-paced culture, it feels impossible to find the time to read anything other than a status update on Facebook, a Twitter feed, or the ticker at the bottom of the television screen. But if we can find time to aimlessly scroll through feeds and updates, then surely we can find time to devote to reading a book—even if it’s just a few pages each day.

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Open Hands, Open Heart

By Akshaya Iyer

It’s November and Thanksgiving is drawing near. The foliage is speckled with crimson and yellow, there’s a crisp chill in the air, and we’re bundling up in sweaters and scarves to protect ourselves from the frigid cold. The year is almost over and it shows.

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Thankful for Thanksgiving Treats!

By Aries Jones, intern

Start unbuckling your belt, because it’s almost time for Thanksgiving dinner! There’s potato salad, pecan pie, and dressing galore, but you can’t forget the main attraction: the famous Thanksgiving turkey!

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Pecan-do!

By Casey Froehlich, intern

The days are slowly, but surely, beginning to shorten, and Houstonians are beginning to consider breaking out their winter clothes. This entrance into the colder months of the year signifies all the delicious meals that are soon to come.

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Walking Through History

By Patrick Larose, intern

It’s all too easy to forget our place in history. We don’t recognize where we came from, where the scenery surrounding us came from. Every day, as we walk down the street or cross the road, history pulls and pushes us like an invisible tide. Where we now stand, people from the past once stood. Only, empty lots and fields made up their scenery instead of lofts and high-rises. But there is one testament to the past that stands out: cemeteries.

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A Day of Exploration

By Aries Jones, intern

Earlier this week, was a day celebrated by many historians. It is also a day celebrated by everyday people. Don’t get me wrong, Columbus Day is no match for Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day in terms of festivities, but it’s still just as important. Why?

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Touchdown! Texas Tailgating Done Right

By Morgan Dickson, intern

When I think of summer coming to an end I instantly conjure up thoughts of scorching humid days that seem to get longer rather than shorter, back-to-school supplies just waiting to be purchased, and (most importantly) football. That’s right, football season is upon us at last, and I could not be more excited about it. Whether you are encouraging your child at his first little league game, cheering on your alma mater in hopes that they dominate the SEC or Big 12, or devotedly watching Texans games as if they were a religion, a tailgate is practically required to fully enjoy the spirit of the season. So lower your tailgates and fire up your smoker, because football season has finally arrived.

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Stay Silly with SillyBox

By Lawson Gow, author

I have worn a Superman costume 21 times this year so far. And I am 26 years old…

SillyShoes_cvrBut I do it for a good reason! Last year, I wrote a children’s poetry book, Silly Shoes: Poems to Make You Smile, published by Bright Sky Press. The premise is that the world is too serious—there’s too much pain and sadness! What we all really need to do is put on our Silly Shoes, tie them up tight and go out and infuse the world with goofiness and cheer. And in that spirit, I wear my Superman costume every time I read my book to kids!

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