When Hattie Belle Pugh passed away last January at the age of 99, her family knew how they wanted to honor her. Pugh had been the school secretary at Oak Forest Elementary from 1958 to 1978 and had also been an active volunteer at the school, including serving as PTA President, for many years. “She absolutely loved that work,” said her son Billie Pugh. After a conversation with the school, the idea of a bench donation for the school’s arboretum took shape and in Pugh’s obituary, donations were encouraged for the purpose. Through the generosity of friends and loved ones, the bench became a reality. Bergen Designs in Colorado created a red rock bench that memorialized her, even including a carved owl because Pugh collected them. Present at the installation were her son Billie Ray … [Read more...] about Memorial bench for long time OFE secretary
So you like beer and you’re thinking about brewing some yourself. Basically, beer brewing follows a four step process – preparation, brewing, fermenting and bottling – before you can partake of your labors. If you’re on the fence about embarking on this hobby, the best thing to do – according to Paul Smith, who is the ‘Grand Wazoo’ of the Foam Rangers Homebrew Club based in southwest Houston – is to find your tribe. “Find a good homebrew supply shop,” he said. “A lot of them have affiliated homebrew clubs. Each one has its own personality. Get involved in competitions too where you judge and evaluate beers.” Luckily for people in Northwest Houston, there’s a nearby resource in the Farm Boy Brew Shop, located at 3814 N Shepherd Dr. Owner Landon Weiershausen just opened a second … [Read more...] about Adventures in home brewing
It was a very special homecoming for journalist Dan Rather, who returned to Love Elementary on October 12 where he had been a student more than 80 years ago to participate in a tree planting ceremony and to visit with Love students and staff. “I knew I had come to Love to plant a tree, alongside trees I planted with my classmates so many decades ago,” said Rather. “But this visit turned out to be so much more. I spent time in the classrooms, where the eager young faces filled me with hope. God bless them, but these children apparently had spent some class time learning about this ancient alumnus, and their questions and work on the bulletin boards touched my heart with humility and thankfulness.” Rather’s visit had been about three years in the making ever since current PTO president … [Read more...] about Dan Rather honored by Love Elementary
Birds Barbershop located at 420 E. 20th St. in the Heights - is offering free Astros-themed hair stencils with temporary hair color spray through the Astros last post-season game (hopefully the World Series Championship!) to help support the team in style. Afterward, fans are invited to take a photo in front of the epic World Series mural created by Houston street artist David Flores, aka Skeez181, in the nearby parking area. To receive a complimentary Astros stencil service, simply walk-in to the shop or call 713-999-0800 to schedule in advance. Visit birdsbarbershop.com for more details. … [Read more...] about Birds Barbershop Offers Free Astros Hair Stencils
Is social media getting you down? For many in our polarized country, the answer is #youbet. The granddaddy of social interaction – Facebook – has even recently had to defend itself from the claims of former employees like Chamath Palihapitiya, who told a group of Stanford business students last November that “we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.” Not surprisingly, current Facebook executives disagree. BBC Technology details a blog post by Facebook’s director of research, David Ginsberg, who said there was a continuing internal debate at the company about whether time spent on social media was good for people. Ginsberg said there had been “compelling research” that linked depression in teenagers to more time spent on social … [Read more...] about Is social media a true downer?