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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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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The Need to Read

By Theresa Masciale, Intern

As a current English literature graduate student, my love for reading is pretty pronounced. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies; a hobby that can transfer me to any world I like, whether it be J.K. Rowling’s whimsical world of Hogwarts or Edith Wharton’s veneered late 19th century New York. And while I have the power to unlock the door to any fictional realm, that key was difficult to obtain.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

By Aries Jones, Intern

When I leave the house in the mornings, I make sure I go equipped with umbrella, coat, wind-breaker, and sunscreen. If you have lived in Texas long enough, you may have begun to follow this same routine as well. Every day is a surprise when it comes to weather in Texas, especially in Houston. It could be extremely chilly in the morning, blistering hot in the afternoon, and unbelievably windy in the evening—with the occasional five-minute thunderstorm. With randomized weather like this, how can we keep up?

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Keep Calm and Carry On!

By Jessica Hardman, Intern

For mothers, “back to school” is a phrase that is cringe-worthy. Between hitting the stores for school supplies, groceries and weekly dinners, mothers often find very little time to breathe. Luckily, Elizabeth Irvine has been through it all and shares her meditation and relaxation techniques to help you make it to summer vacation!

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