THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
Do you know about the very cool music studio at the downtown Houston Public Library? I stumbled across TECHLink thanks to a big sign outside my neighborhood library and when I clicked here, I discovered they offer MANY services - from a fully outfitted recording studio, to embroidery (yes indeedy - and why not?!), to instruments for practice - and much more. Check out this week’s VIDEO PICK - you can see a 360 on the space as well as learn how to become a member and start using the facilities.
It’s the 10th anniversary of the “Charter For Compassion”, which was spearheaded by religious historian and bestselling author Karen Armstrong when she convened an interfaith group of spiritual leaders to craft it, which calls for all faiths, all nations, and all people to affirm and embrace compassion as a guiding value. The creation of the Charter launched the “Compassionate Cities Campaign,” (of which Houston is one) and in 2011, Compassionate Houston was founded by my amazing friend Betty Adam. Last month, Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed November 12 (today) as “Charter for Compassion 10th Anniversary Day in Houston” and, in honor of that, compassionate partners across Houston will read and affirm the charter in their services and programs, including at Christ Church Cathedral, Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism, and the Institute for Spirituality and Health.
We’ve had our first winter freeze and this Friday, November 15, the ice skating season begins at Discovery Green (get all the scoop here) - it’s fun for adults AND kids! I’ll do a round-up of rinks in next week’s blog.
I’m 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 Have Shears Will Travel, an organization which serves over 500 homeless, hospice, veterans, and special needs adults throughout the greater Houston area with free haircuts and grooming each month. Please learn more about them here, and please consider supporting them!