THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
This week’s VIDEO PICK was created by Downtown Houston, an organization that is dedicated to promoting the vitality and FUN of downtown Houston. If you haven’t been downtown lately, please go! It’s different than it was years ago and now there are fantastic restaurants, live music, hotels, night clubs - and much more. I regularly hang out at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer leading labyrinth walks and workshops and enjoying other events - it’s the largest center of its kind in the country! This Saturday, November 9 from 10am-noon, I’m leading a labyrinth walk - we’ll meditate, make art, find peace before the holidays. And right after my event, from noon-2pm, there will be a “Kinetic Vibez” artistic wellness workshop for youth 8-17 years old. They’ll also be doing one on November 23. The cost for my walk is donation-based and the cost for the youth workshop starts at $40/child.
November kicks off “Native American Heritage Month,” a celebration that began with a proclamation in 1990 by then President George H.W. Bush. In a break from almost 30 decades of tradition, this year President Trump declared instead that November is now “National American History and Founders Month.” Thankfully, several governmental organizations decided to continue celebrating the indigenous peoples of our country with their own events (see more about that here). Houston will celebrate with an event at Traders Village - see my KID PICK below. And I wanted to let you know about a museum I visited a few years back - the Southern Apache Museum. Since the Northwest Mall is being torn down, they no longer have a home but are still active as a nonprofit. Peruse their website and let them know if you have any suggestions for new locations.
I’ll be highlighting a different Houston-based nonprofit each week during November and December as a way to help those in need over the holidays. This week’s spotlight is the Beacon, an organization that grew out of the ministry of Christ Church Cathedral. They provide essential and next-step services to homeless Houstonians - laundry, pro bono legal services, counseling, mentoring, housing assessment, and more. Please learn more about them here and please consider supporting them!
Monday, November 11 is “Veterans Day” and the city will commemorate the day with a special parade in honor of the over 250,000 veterans who live here. Please enjoy and be sure to thank veterans for their service!