THOUGHTS ABOUT MY MOM...AND MORE
If you’re wondering why GISH PICKS was on hiatus these last few weeks, it’s because my mom, Claudia, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 19; you can read her obituary here. She was 83 so it wasn't a complete surprise but one is never really ready for news like that. I certainly wasn't! Once that happened, I was caught up in the storm of details and barely had a moment to breathe, much less to write. But something amazing happened along the way: I began remembering more about my mom, and I also learned a lot about her. I took time off and I wrote her obituary and planned a beautiful funeral. And as I was researching and remembering mom’s life, I discovered a woman who was super cool and quite inspiring. I didn't always see that so it was nice to close out her time here with that realization. Mom said "Wonderful!" a lot. It was her response to almost everything. Short and sweet and beautiful. I plan on responding that way much more often.
If you'd like to honor my mom, please make a donation to the Jung Center of Houston, here. She officed there many years as a psychologist and she was also a big fan of Jung’s writings. Please note that your donation is in her memory (Claudia Imwalle Gish). I'd be very grateful! Speaking of the Jung Center, they are hosting an interesting conference this Friday, March 8: “Religion, Mental Health, and the Search for Meaning: Experiences at the Threshold of Life.” I’ll be planning an event with the Center in the future to honor my mom; stay tuned here for details.
My “Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk” at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer is this Saturday, March 9, 10am-noon, and the theme will be a “Mourner’s Walk.” Please join us if you have lost anyone you’d like to honor. I’m asking everyone to bring a photo of their loved one (bring more than one if you wish) – we’ll walk from 10-11am and create art from 11am-noon. My walks are now 10am-noon starting this month (one hour later, yippee!), so please sleep in a bit and join me any month that you can. There will be no walk in April due to the Houston Art Car Parade – I’ll tell you more about that later!
March is “Women’s History Month” and this Friday, March 8 is “International Women’s Day” – I love to celebrate those two events every year. This year, I plan on supporting the film “Captain Marvel” since it’s the first female-led stand-alone film in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Please also support it if you wish – opening weekend grosses are the most important for a film’s success. Also, the Rothko Chapel is hosting a terrific presentation and discussion in honor of women on Friday at the Houston Area Women’s Center called “The Gender Parity Divide and Its Impact on Women in Houston”. The chapel building is temporarily closed for renovation but they are programming around town.
This week’s VIDEO PICK celebrates a special group of women: it’s a short film about the Houston Chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom® and two women of different faiths – Sara Speer Selber and Munira Bangee – who came together in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We need more groups like this in this divisive time! The goal of the SOSS is to build trust, respect, and relationships between North American Muslim and Jewish women and teenage girls to limit acts of anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiment; to stand up to hate against one another; and to engage in social action work. They are an incredible organization and I am so proud of my many friends who are involved with them.