THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
I hope everyone reading this is recovering from last week’s storm. I had no idea when we sent out GISH PICKS last Wednesday that the next day would wreak such havoc on our city. I’ve heard stories of houses filled with 4 feet of water in an hour, the bayous overflowing, PTSD, flooding television stations, and more. We are always Houston Strong, but sometimes it’s too much, as you can see in this article by the Houston Chronicle. If you are need of storm information, please check out my informative Facebook post about dealing with the aftermath. And if you or people you know are in need of counseling, please check out the comprehensive website for the Greater Houston Healing Collaborative. There are many resources for coping with storm PTSD, webinar information, a practitioner database, and more. The Houston collaborative is under the direction of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and is run by leading Houston-based behavioral health and social service organizations - the Institute for Spirituality and Health (ISH), the Menninger Clinic, Houston Galveston Institute, the Jung Center, The Center for Mind Body Health, Compassionate Houston, and Healing Circles Houston.
This week’s VIDEO PICK is shining a light on New Hope Housing, a wonderful social services program that provides affordable housing to the homeless and nearly homeless in 8 locations around the greater Houston area. It was inspired by concerned parishioners at Christ Church Cathedral and is now an award-winning, debt-free organization. By the way, be sure to check my VIDEO PICK *every* week! It will always feature something Houston-based and I promise you’ll learn something new.
This Sunday, 9/29 is the final day of “Banned Books Week,” an event organized by the American Library Association in which they release a list of the top banned and challenged books in schools and libraries. This year’s list includes 11 titles, three quarters of which tell stories of LGBTQ characters. In the face of this on-going trend, the National Coalition Against Censorship/NCAC offers a resource page to defend LGBT stories. Diversity in literature is crucial so that everyone - especially children - can see themselves represented. Hearing our stories in a public arena builds our self-esteem.
Have a great weekend and GO.FIND.FUN. wherever you can!