I hadn't planned to write about Robin since news of his suicide broke two days ago, beyond a couple of Facebook posts. But at some critical points in my life, his work had been a great inspiration to me.
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May 29, 2014
Maya Angelou died yesterday. I wasn’t able to read much of the coverage since I spent most of the day at Houston City Council, which after several hours of public comment resoundingly passed, 11-6, an ordinance which outlaws discrimination against, among all manner of groups, gay people.
May 8, 2014
Could they still do it? Could Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, four decades (more or less) in, still bring their legendary intensity and joyousness to a live concert? As a fan — perhaps acolyte is more like it — of long standing, I’ll admit I did have some small measure of concern Tuesday as I made the drive to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.
I needn’t have worried.
May 5, 2014
Yesterday, Houston held the second interation of its “Sunday Streets” pilot project, where large stretches of a major thoroughfare are closed to vehicular traffic for several hours to encourage folks to get out and walk or bike, meet their neighbors, and just plain get to know the city at ground level.
February 3, 2014
A jury is now deliberating the federal civil rights violations of Derrick Newman against two Beaumont police officers (one now retired) he accuses of using excessive force against him during an August 2007 traffic stop.
February 1, 2014
During a trial that had already seen a fair share of dramatics, arguably the most scorching moment came Friday when former Beaumont police officer David Todd Burke neared the end of heated cross-examination by plaintiff’s attorney Langston Adams.
January 30, 2014
More than six years after their first fateful encounter on a late August night in 2007, Derrick Newman testified Thursday in his federal civil rights violations lawsuit against two Beaumont police officers.
December 31, 2013
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]
August 24, 2013
How will Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast fare in the next quarter-century as the impacts of climate change interact with an economy built largely around the petrochemical industry? A panel of experts addressed many of the questions around that conundrum this week in the first of two public forums.