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Farewell, Robin

August 13, 2014

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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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Remembering Maya

May 29, 2014

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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.

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The Boss and band make it back to H-town in style

May 8, 2014

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band arrive onstage at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands. Bruce is the one in the middle.

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.

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Sunday Streets: Second verse, better than the first

May 5, 2014

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Walkers and bicyclists enjoy spectacular weather and a car-less lower Westheimer.

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.

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Art Cars redux

May 12, 2013

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Another year, another Art Car Parade. This time, no pontificating, just photos.

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Yippie-ki-yay!

February 25, 2013

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Riders get ready to begin the parade as the sun rises over downtown Houston.

Last weekend, I took in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo downtown parade for the first time in several years. The weather was spectacular, and the crowd was massive, diverse and enthusiastic. There were horses, riders, and marching bands. All in all, a great day to be in Houston.

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Lost heroes

January 18, 2013

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“It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: Lance Armstrong is an American hero.” That’s how I began an editorial I wrote for my college newspaper over a decade ago.

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What the Dickens?

December 1, 2012

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Another weekend, another street festival. This time, the nearly four-decade–old “Dickens on the Strand” holiday event in Galveston, Texas’ downtown historic district, The Strand, this time marking the 200th birthday of the celebrated Victorian-era author.

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Viva Via Colori

November 19, 2012

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I spent the better part of the past weekend taking in the seventh annual Via Colori street-painting festival in downtown Houston. I could possibly go on at length about the event, but in the spirit of “a picture is worth a thousand words,” I’ll simply share some of my best photos from the event.

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Bygone bylines

July 7, 2012

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The past week’s news that several major U.S. newspapers — including the Houston Chronicle, where I once worked — have been using the services of a “outsourcing” news organization that often provided stories with fake bylines for writers based overseas is, sadly, not that suprising.

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