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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Finding Your Perfect University

By Abby Runnels, Intern

Though it has only been a few short years, it seems like a lifetime ago I was a senior in high school, frantically filling out dozens of forms and writing short essays, all for some imposing figure with glasses and an intimidating grimace to read and decide my fate. Though the bulk of applications and campus visits are done during senior year, as our high school guidance counselors liked to remind us, “It’s never too early to start preparing for college.”

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Wholly Moley

By Patrick Larose, Intern

Summer’s here and if you’re like me, you’ll be outside on the grill. Whether you prefer keeping with the summer classics of hamburgers and hotdogs or going southern with traditional barbeque of brisket and pulled pork, you’ll still probably find yourself fighting with that Texas heat. So why not fight back with something cold and delicious? I recommend a traditional guacamole dip and there’s no better recipe than that from Hugo Ortega in Street Food of Mexico. This guac is great for something quick that the whole family can snack on. In the book, Hugo pays homage to Mexico’s best and most delicious food traditions from empanadas and tacos to more salsa recipes than your taste buds can handle. His food tastes like home and this guacamole recipe is no different:

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A Radioactive Read

By Casey Froehlich, Intern

The accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on April 26, 1986, has come to be known as the worst of its kind in recorded history. As tragic as the event was, how often do we stop to consider how many young children were forced to struggle through such an adult situation, and, in many cases, forced to bury their childhoods with their homes? Although most children are eager to “grow up,” what happens when childhood is not shrugged off but ripped away?

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‘Twas the night before Christmas in July

By Lawson Gow, author of Silly Shoes: Poems to Make You Smile


‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
But this year was different, and I’ll tell you why:
This year we had Christmas smack dab in July!

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By Annie Gallay, Intern

We all know that the “the pen is mightier than the sword.” But when it comes to reading, is the page mightier than the screen?

For some, eBooks have revolutionized reading, making it much more convenient to carry and store full libraries. For others, eBooks have tarnished reading, removing the tactile turn of the page in already over-digitized world. No matter which camp you fall in, you can’t deny that eBook reading is on the rise in the U.S. Last year, 28% of adults in America had read an eBook compared to only 23% in 2013.[1]

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Illuminating History

By Annie Gallay, Intern

As the Fourth of July nears, I have to make a confession that will no doubt reveal I’m an amateur American: When I was a child, I failed to grasp the gravity of the Declaration of Independence. I noted it for one reason and one reason only: John Hancock’s sprawling, splashy signature. It was only later that I came to appreciate the document that affirmed our right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and of course the other great men who’s significantly more sedate signatures donned the Declaration. In 1776, future president John Adams stamped his approval and declared the importance of commemorating the event in a letter to his wife, Abigail: “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade…and illuminations…from one end of this continent to the other.”

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