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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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.
May 12, 2013
Another year, another Art Car Parade. This time, no pontificating, just photos.
February 25, 2013
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.
January 18, 2013
“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.
December 1, 2012
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.
November 19, 2012
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.
July 7, 2012
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.