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Welcome to GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS! I’m Sarah Gish, an info-preneur and culture sleuth who finds the unusual and cool in Houston each and every week. Join me as I shine a light on special gems and unique Houston fun. I love this city and want to show you the people and the places and the events that make it great (see more about my wishes for that here). And I want to make it easy so I sort through the cornucopia of events offered each weekend and PICK only three for FAMILIES and three for ADULTS to recommend to you. That way you’ll be all set when Friday hits! If you’re new here, please read below for more about this blog and then check out my PICKS for this weekend, further below.

Have a great weekend and please love one another, please share this, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!


Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 12 and for me, it’s going to be a hard one since I just lost my mom in February. As I look through family photos that she had, I’ve been pondering our life together and enjoying many memories while also learning a lot of new things. I wish we had more time to create new ones (sigh) so I encourage all of you out there with mothers who are still alive to be sure to spend time with them – this Sunday and many other times too! Talk to them, ask them about their lives – their favorite memories, their childhood, things they are proud of, their dreams. Take them out, call them, send them cards. And if there is a broken relationship with your mom, mend it if you can. And be sure to appreciate the other mother figures in your life! I’m giving my sons the book Mom, Tell Me Your Story, a keepsake journal in which you write about your life for your children. They might not be so interested in reading my thoughts now, but I’m sure they will in the years to come!

My Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk is this Saturday, May 11 from 10am-noon at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer and we will walk to discover the gifts we have received from our moms or a mother figure in our lives. I was inspired to do this because I did a very special labyrinth walk in San Marcos at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (see more about that labyrinth here). As I meandered, I focused solely on healing my relationship with my mom. When I reached the center of the labyrinth, I declared 6 gifts I had received from her – intelligence, curiosity, financial support, pluckiness, beauty, love. I later shared my insights with mom and I am so grateful I did that!

Houston is full of resources for mothers and mothers-to-be and especially for those who want to breastfeed, which I did until each of my children were three years old. It’s not for everyone, but it worked very well for us. A new organization, Work & Mother, provides suites in which women can comfortably and privately nurse in the JP Morgan Chase building downtown. A Woman's Work, which used to have a storefront, still rents breastfeeding pumps and baby scales. La Leche League of Texas is strong here; check their website for a meeting near you. And if you’re interested in general resources for moms, check out the Motherhood Center – they are featured as one of my KID PICKS this week.

Be sure to watch this week’s VIDEO PICK of the Houston Latin Philharmonic annual “Mother’s Day Serenade concert, which is this Sunday, May 12. Happy Mother’s Day!


We are the most diverse city in the country, not only because of the over 150 languages spoken here every day, but also because of the diversity of events offered and places to hang our (cowboy) hats. Because of that, I decided back in 2004 to start sharing my adventures in Houston and my knowledge of it with others via GISH PICKS. And, since 2016, I have been bringing it to life with my PICKS-ON-WHEELS Facebook Live segments in which I travel around our city in my Phoenix Rising Art Car. Stay tuned here for more details! My adventures will sometimes be posted as my weekly VIDEO PICK in this blog.

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Have a great weekend and please love one another, please share this, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!

Picks for Kids the Weekend of May 10-12, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of May 10-12, 2019

Hermann Park Conservancy


This is a special treat for the family, with the focus on mom: enjoy “Mother’s Day at Hermann Parkthis Sunday, May 12 from 8:30-10am. You’ll start off with breakfast on Pinewood Cafe's beautiful terrace overlooking McGovern Lake, then enjoy family arts and crafts time and riding the train and pedal boats. Space is limited and tickets are $14/adults and $7/kids 12 and under.

Round-Up of Houston Art Markets


You’ve probably seen my annual round-up of Houston Farmer’s Markets – I decided I needed to start doing an annual round-up of arts markets (lucky you!). You can read my post about it here – there are 2 markets this Saturday, May 11: the annual Asia Fest features a bazaar and The Market at Sawyer Yards takes place as a complement to the open studio events at Winter Street, Spring Street, and Silver Street. Check the weather before heading out!

Motherhood Center


The Motherhood Center is a welcoming space full of resources on all things mommy – they have doula and nanny services and all kinds of classes for moms as well as a small retail space. Their ongoing children’s classes include dance classes and 2 yoga options: kid yoga and yoga with moms. The Center is open 7 days a week.

Ensemble Theatre


In the new play “Pipeline,” Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. “Pipeline” – a reference to the “school to prison pipeline” – is onstage May 9 through June 2.



The annual event Comicpalooza is in Houston this weekend (May 10-12) and there are a lot of offerings for all ages. Their “Kid Zone” activities include a super cool, hands-on “Maker Space,” a play world filled with toys and games, and an active spot where kids can do art and listen to stories. Costumes are encouraged!

Lamar High School


Lamar High School’s National Honor Society has organized a “Sharity Concertthis Saturday, May 11 at 6pm at the school’s Performance Hall. This “sharing charity” event will be raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in memory of the lives lost this past year. Lamar students will be singing and dancing and alumna Lekha Sunder's college a cappella group, Yale Out of the Blue, will be performing. Tickets are $8/adults and $5/students.

GUIDANCE SESSIONS (Mondays) and LABYRINTH WALKS (Second Saturdays)

I offer intuitive guidance sessions every Monday at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 10:30am-5:30pm and I would love to help Y-O-U. Let’s connect if you are wondering what to do with your life, whether it’s in the personal realm or the professional arena (or both). I use my intuitive skills and my many years of studying people to help you FOCUS – on you, your dreams and desires, and how to manifest them. And if you don’t know what your passions are, I will guide you in discovering them. Finding your personal mission will exponentially increase your ability to succeed in life while also attracting an abundance of joy. Sessions are $100/hour and $50/thirty minutes and take place at the store – 7951 Katy Freeway. Call them at ‪713.993.0550 to book an appointment. NEW: I am now doing guidance sessions by telephone – we can connect from anywhere, anytime! Call me at 713.492.1173 for more information about that service. Please note that the fee for sessions by phone is the same.

Join me this Saturday, May 11, from 10am-noon (NEW TIME!) for my monthly Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk at the beautiful Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston. We’ll tour the center, walk the labyrinth, and make art. I am a trained labyrinth facilitator and love sharing what I know with others! Register for the walk here or at the door. You’ll leave with your art, a list of Houston area labyrinths, and a handout on walking labyrinths.

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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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Second Saturday Labyrinth Walks (this Saturday, May 11)Intuitive Guidance Sessions (Mondays and by phone)Video: Enjoy the Houston Latin Philharmonic annual Mother's Day Serenade "Sharity" Concert to Prevent Suicide "Pipeline" Opens at the Ensemble Round-up of Houston Arts Markets Kids Zone at Comicpalooza Children's Classes at Motherhood Center Mothers Celebrated at Hermann Park