Honor the Texas flag: I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.
Give Me Liberty: Listen to this man's story:
'I wasn't going to give up. Liberty is expensive, and you have to fight for it or live without it' Jose` Daniel Ferrer, 45, who spent eight years in a Cuban prison; expecting his death sentence, clinging to his sanity in solitary confinement with literature and daily pushups and pull-ups. Ferrer urges pressure on Cuba for increased freedoms and not assume that lifting the embargo signals an end to Cuba's struggle. (Freedom is not Free.) Houston Chronicle 6-6-2016 byline: Lomi Kriel
It ain't bragging if it's true.
Always remember: You are unique, just like everyone else.
You Do Not Need a Parachute to Skydive. You Only Need a Parachute To Skydive Twice.
Optimism: Going After Moby Dick in a Rowboat: and Taking the Tartar Sauce
With You ! Anonymous
A Texas Original: The 100 Club.
The only organization that financially takes care of the dependent families of fallen firefighters and peace officers in Texas. In 1953, The 100 Club began with the goal of helping the dependents of Houston Police Dept. officers who were killed in the line of duty.
Over time, we grew into what we are today-more than 30,000 members dis-
-playing our familiar decal and pledging to financially support the dependents of fallen peace officers and firefighters, as well as provide funding for life-protecting equipment to law enforcement agencies.
Join our ranks today: 713-952-0100 the 100club.org Thanks for your support.
The Blue Bow Foundation: Support Our Local Police.
Founder Kimberly Colley started handcrafting and selling large blue bows to adorn
area trees in support of local police. She formed the nonprofit entity which offers counseling, financial assistance, scholarships, grants, and more. Learn more: BlueBow.org .
May All Your Days Be Happy Days, Filled With Love & Laughter,
And May Each Day Bring Joy Your Way, Each Day that Follow After.
If you can't see God in all, you can't see God at all.
The PTSD Foundation of America
is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to combating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), giving back to those who have given of themselves so selflessly, and to increasing public awareness of PTSD.
1-832-912-4429 or call the PTSD Veteran Line at: 1-877-717-PTSD (7873).
Barbara Bush Library, 281-376-4610, 6817 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, 77379.
The #1 Busiest Branch in the Harris County Public Library System !
Head Librarian: Clara Maynard.
Miles and Miles of Texas: Gonna Live Here 'til I Die .
There are 2, 623 miles of scenic drives and remote highways and hidden spots just waiting beyond the bend.
Drive Carefully: It's Not Only Cars That Can Be Recalled By Their Maker.
It ain't bragging if it's true.
Welcome Home: Jeff Bezos !
Bringing Amazon, the e-commerce Giant to his boyhood home justifies eco-
-nomic incentives offered to Jeff Bezos. Legend has it that a smart little boy
playing around with a primitive computer back in the 1970s figured out some-
-thing none of his teachers at River Oaks Elementary School know how to do.
When the budding computer nerd came back home to Houston to help his alma
mater celebrate its 74th anny in 2014, Jeff Bezos was on his way to becoming
one of the richest men in the world. Now the business he founded, Amazon, is
looking for a place to establish its second U.S. Headquarters.
The company plans to
spend more than $5 Billion building what Bezos calls a
'full equal' to its sprawling base in Seattle. We are a little biased, but we can't imagine a better place than Houston. Amazon's 50,000 proposed new jobs
would make it the city's largest employer.
Just as important, most of those jobs would pay well, averaging more than $100,000 a year. Houston would become home not to just another Fortune 500 corporate headquarters, but also to the nation's Largest Online Retailer.
(Bring It On !) Houston Chronicle Ed-Op. 9-13-2017
Sat. Sept. 16 Houston Liederkranz, 5100 Ella Blvd, 77018, invites public to
festival. 7-11 p. Food, Fun & Music with Mike Gest & Night Session Band.
Info: Irene: 281-890-8232.
Sat. Sept. 23 The 1894 Grand Opera House, 800-821-1894, Post Office St. in Galveston presents: Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune: Two for the Road ! 8 p.
409-765-1894. (Oh, What a Night that will be !)
Houston Slavic Heritage Festival:
Sept. 24 North Side Columbus Club/KC Hall, 607 E. Whitney Dr. 770022,
54th Annual Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Slavic food, Live music, Souvenirs,
Dance performances, Eating contest, & More ! Admission: $5. Under 12 free.
Galveston WWI Marker:
Sat. Sept. 30 The Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) will recognize the 100th
Anniversary of WWI with a day of special events focusing on Galveston Island's
pivotal role in delivering the Zimmerman Telegram to Mexico in 1917. All active-
-ties will be held at the Menard House complex, 1605 33rd Street and additional
info can be found at
Built in 1838 by John and Augustus Allen for the founder of Galveston, Michel
Branamour Menard, the property passed between the Menard and the Allen Bros.
(founders of Houston) in many complicated dealings in its early years. It is the
oldest surviving residential dwelling in Galveston and the only structure to be
owned by the founders of both Galveston and Houston.
In Jan. 1917, British intelligence intercepted and de-cripted a secret telegram from
German foreign secretary Arthur Zimmermann to the German envoy to Mexico.
In it, Zimmermann offered the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona to Mex-
-ico in return for joining the German cause. The British gave a copy to the U.S.
government, which leaked it to the press.
On March 1st , the telegram made headline news in virtually every major American
newspaper. Many Americans were outraged by the German plot to embroil their
country in a war with Mexico, and on April 6, the U.S. declared war against Ger-
-many. Houston Chronicle//Community News 8-16-2017
Texas Waterfowl: Duck Duck !
The first south-bound flights of blue-winged teal, vanguard of the autumn water-
-fowl migration, arrived in Texas just a week or two ago. That trickle will become
a river in coming weeks as more bluewings leave their nesting grounds on the pot-
-hole-pocked prairies of the north-central U.S. and south-central Canada, pouring
south toward wintering grounds on the Gulf Coast and beyond.
Behind the flood of bluewings, will come more waves of migrating ducks and geese. Millions More. Most of North America's duck and geese species continue
enjoying what has been an unprecedented string of booming or at least stable populations. This year's annual aerial survey of the breeding population of the ten
most common duck species on northern nesting grounds estimated the total popu-
-lation at 47.3 Million birds! !
When Texas' regular
2017-18 duck season begins in November, waterfowlers will
be allowed to take no more than one pintail as part of their six-duck daily limit.
That's down from a two-pintail limit in place during several previous seasons. The
two-pintail bag limit will return for the 2018-19 season. The big graceful ducks,
much prized by Texas waterfowlers are one of only two major duck species that
have not rebounded from steep declines in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Scaup-bluebills to most Texas waterfowlers-are the other laggards. The hardy
diving ducks are 13% below their 61-year average. Redheads, one of the most im-
-portant ducks for Texas coastal waterfowlers because the bulk of North America's redhead population winters on the shallow, vegetation-rich bays along the state's middle and lower coast, also saw a significant decline this year.
Two goose populations
important to Texas waterfowlers have climbed. The mid-
-continent population of lesser snow geese has increased about 4% during the past
decade, and the population of greater white-fronted geese-speckled bellies-has
Not all the news from the 'duck factory' is positive. Drought, an inevitability on
the prairies, appears to be trying to establish itself after a two-decade absence in
the north-central U.S. Habitat conditions in the Dakotas and eastern Montana, the heart of the U.S. duck nesting country, were only fair this spring and have significantly deteriorated over the summer.
Houston Chronicle 8-24-2017 byline: Shannon Tompkins
Cajun French Music Association, Houston Heritage Chapter.Cajun Jam Session
each month: Cajun Music Jam & Dance. Pizza Inn, 1801 Mangum,
Houston . 6 p. Bring your Instruments/ and/or Dancing shoes. More info:
Steve or Donna Bing, 225-405-9707. Bonjour ! Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler ! (Let the Good Times Roll !)
Farmers Market & Bluegrass Jam:
Each Month: Conroe, Founder's Square, Metcalf & Main, next
to Owen Theatre, downtown Conroe. Fresh produce, handmade products, arts,
crafts, baked goods, honey, spices, beverages, live music and food trucks. 4-8 p.
936-894-9829, 8 mi. west of Montgomery off Hwy. 105, north on County Road 204.
Gulf Greyhound Park:
This park is NOT CLOSED !
Sam Houston Race Park, 281-807-8700 (SHRP),
7575 N. Sam Houston Prkwy, W.
Garth Brooks will Open and Close Rodeo 2018 ! Woo-Hoo ! !
His play dates are Feb. 27 and March 18, 2018. Tix on sale: Sat. Sept. 9, 2017
Sold online only, first come, first served basis. Tix will be located in the Loge
and Upper Level sections of NRG Park, purchasers are encouraged to join the
Online Waiting Room at rodeohouston.com by 9:30 a . Four tix for one perfor.
Service fee of $4 per tix will be added to all orders. Tix: delivered via Flash Seats, an electronic tix delivery system for all tix to the 2018 RodeoHouston@
GarthBrooks performances. Flash seats will allow fans to enter NRG Stadium
with the swipe of a registered credit card or Driver's License; or with a simple
scan of the tix barcode in the Flash Seats mobile app.
Houston Chronicle 3-17-2017 byline: Joey Guerra
(The World's First Rodeo was held in Pecos, Texas on July 4, 1883. )
Love Street Light Circus: Save the Date !
Thurs. Sept. 28 Psychedelic Days, Love Generation: Buffalo Buddies invites you
back for an evening at the original home of Love Street Light Circus and Feelgood
Machine. Houston's most popular Psychedelic Club of the late 1960s at the Sunset
Coffee Bldg. Now home to Buffalo Bayou Partnership at 1019 Commerce Street,
77002. Admission: $30. Buffalo Bayou Buddies. $40 non-members. Admission
includes comp drinks and light bites. Tix: BuffaloBayou.org .
Creekfest 2017: Sorry ! Event Cancelled This Year Due to Hurricane Harvey.
Sat. Oct. 7 Annual Creekfest Event. Cypress Creek Cultural District NW….
CANCELLED! CANCELLED ! CANCELLED !
ROCO: (River Oaks Community Orchestra)
Tues. Oct. 10 Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts and Community Enrichment (FACE)281-440-4850, 6823 Cypresswood Dr., Spring 77379, presents:
River Oaks Community Orchestra (ROCO) Principal Wind Trio, performance
features a program of all-female composers. 3 p.
Some Enchanted Evening… A Garden Party !
Sat. Oct. 14 Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 713-274-4160, 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd. one mile N. of FM 1960, Humble 77338, Mercer Society presents
10th Annual Garden Party! 5-10 p. Save the Date ! Join Mercer Members, Prec. 4 Commish Jack Cagle, wife Janet, honorary Co-chairs Charlyn & Murphy Brown in the beautiful Treehouse Courtyard.
Also being honored
this year: Judy Bell and State Sen. Jon Lindsay (ret.) who were instrumental in the original acquisition of the Charles & Thelma Mercer private garden 43 years ago. Sponsorships available. Purchase Tix: 713-274-4160.
Bayou City Art Festival:
Sat. & Sun. Oct. 14-15 Downtown Houston, 19 disciplines of art, 300 artists, food
trucks, live music, children's creative zone. Tix: $12 online. $15 at gate.
Pink Elephant Sale:
Oct. 20, 21 Fri. & Sat. Bayou City Event Ctr. 9401 Knight, Houston's oldest &
perhaps, most upscale rummage sale-the River Oaks Garden Club's 66th Annual
Pink Elephant Sale
. The 21,000 sq. ft. space will be filled with all kinds of trea-
-sures, including clothing, collectibles, home décor, furniture and plants.
Proceeds benefit the community through education, conservation, environmental
& beautification projects and scholarships
. Fri: 9-4 p. Sat: 9-1 p. Admit: $1.
Hansel & Gretel:
Sat. Nov. 11 Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts and Community Enrichment (FACE)281-440-4850, 6823 Cypresswood Dr., Spring 77379, Houston's Grand
Opera to Go! presents: Hansel & Gretel. Based on the classic Grimm's fairy tale.
11 a. Free event.
World Elections To Watch This Year:
New U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres` begins a 5-year term.
, 2017 Netherlands. If the far-right Party for Freedom wins a majority
populist leader and E.U. opponent Geert Wilders could become Prime Minister.
, 2017 France. Presidential election in one of Europe's largest economies:
young Emmanuel Macron was elected. Youngest president since Napoleon.
, 2017 Iran. Incumbent President Hassan Rouhani faces hard-line rivals
critical of the deal he struck with U.S. Trump will likely scrap the deal.
Pres. Hassan Rouhani won his re-election.
2017 Germany hosts the G-20 Summit.
, 2017 President Uhuru Kenyatta is running for re-election. Kenyans
are on edge, many previous elections have been marred by violence.
Kenyatta won his re-election; but the Kenyan Supreme Court declared his re-election invalid and scheduled a new vote for Oct. 17. Kenyatta called on citizens to remain peaceful and not take up arms: Your neighbor is still your neighbor re-
-gardless of what has happened.
TBA: Angela Merkel, the E.U.'s longest-serving leader is running for a fourth
term as Chancellor in a country polarized by her open-door refugee policy.
, 2017 The U.N. General Assembly convenes in N.Y.City for its 72nd
, 2017 The 40th World Energy Engineering Congress, presented by
the Assn of Energy Engineers, will be held in Atlanta, GA.
, 2017 The World Band and International Monetary Fund hold annual
meetings in Washington, D.C.
Save the Date: Nov. 2
Thurs. Nov. 2 Buffalo Bayou Partnership Gala: Sunset On the Bayou. Water Works @ Buffalo Bayou Park. Cocktail Reception: 6:30 p. Seated Dinner: 8 p.
Tribute to Susan Keeton, Chair Emeritus & Celebration of Historic Sunset Coffee
Bldg. renovation. Tix:$600, $1,000, $1,500. Table: $6,000, $10,000, $15,000,
$25,000. Info: Trudi Smith, 713-752-0314 xt. 103.
Save the Date: 11/11/2017
Nov. 11, 2017 San Marcos, TX: CAF Hangar Dance with the Sentimental Journey
Orchestra. 830-895-1535, 422 Timber Ridge Dr. Kerrville, TX 78028.
Thurs. Dec. 7 Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington, Sugar Land, Tx. presents:
Joe Biden: American Promise Tour. Tix on sale now. LiveNation.com .
Every tix includes a copy of Joe Biden's forthcoming memoir: Promise Me, Dad:
A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose. In stores Nov. 14
Take It Eeeesy… Don't Let the Sound of Your Own Wheels Drive You
Crazy….. Jackson Browne Band song.