THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
Last week I wrote about the Pittsburgh shooting in a synagogue, after that there was a shooting in a yoga studio. Just yesterday, there was a shooting in California. My thoughts this week are not just on great culture for all of you, but also on the state of our minds and the state of our nation. I am concerned about what is going on in the United States, which is why I write about things outside the scope of culture sometimes.
I was talking to a friend about how to deal with the many disturbing events around us and she suggested I head to the Rothko Chapel for some peace and quiet reflection. I love that idea – so much so that I want to encourage YOU to do the same. My VIDEO PICK this week is a short film about the Chapel – check it out and then join them for an event or two. Next Thursday, November 15 at 7pm is their annual “Interfaith Thanksgiving Service,” which has the theme “Care for Creation.” No advance reservations are required so I suggest you get there early. If you go, look for me and please introduce yourself.
I have two labyrinth-oriented events coming up: this Saturday, November 10, I’ll be leading my “Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk” from 9-11am at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer. More details are below – come and enjoy meditation and art and community! And next Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30pm, I’ll be presenting a talk on “Enjoying Garden Labyrinths” for the Herb Society of America – South Texas Unit. The meeting is free and open to the public and takes place at the beautiful Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion in Hermann Park; more about their meetings is here. Join us!
The mid-term elections have come and gone and I’m excited to report that there were many firsts (see them detailed here). Highlights include over 100 women in the House for the first time in history, the first African-American, Native American, and Muslims in various positions, and more openly LGBT people were elected than in any previous election. The number of voters of all ages increased around the country because people like Beto O’Rourke tirelessly galvanized many into action. We are all different after this election and I believe that is a good thing.
This week is another potpourri of diverse PICKS, focusing on a variety of arts and cultures from around the world. Enjoy!