September 16, 2020

reader, 

If you're new here, well howdy! Welcome to my weekly blog about Houston arts and culture, plus whatever else I wish to share from my brain. Scroll to the very bottom for more about it.

I'm having a blast doing two weekly Facebook Live chats on my Facebook page: MONDAY MEDITATION CHATS at 10am (the latest one is here) and WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE arts & culture chats at 9pm (the latest one is here). Tune in! And here's an extry video of an interview I just did with Deborah Duncan on Great Day Houston about using ordinary objects around your house (like a dog bowl!) for sound meditation. It's super fun and hopefully will inspire your practice in surprising ways.

A special note if you're a parent or caregiver: hang in there and remember to laugh! Be sure to follow my GISH PICKS page for not only my KID PICKS but also my CAMP PICKS (holiday day camps) and my EXPLORE PICKS (school year enrichment programs; my latest blog is here).

As you read, please note that all the words in purple are linked to websites.

WHAT'S ON MY MIND THIS WEEK? This week I am inspired by nature. The weather is fantastic and it's finally cooling down so I'm lounging outside a bit more and taking time to watch sunsets. I decided to plant some zinnias (which are summer-loving plants, oops) and they are already sprouting up! It's a simple little thing, but it's making me hopeful: things grow -- pandemic or not.

I'm also VERY INSPIRED by this interview that Marie Forleo did with Dr. Edith Eger, a Holocaust survivor who wrote her first book at 90 years old. Some of her beautiful words: "Love is the ability to let go." "The opposite of depression is expression." "You find a gift in everything, you find a light in the dark tunnel, and you find a way through this period of the COVID-19 that we can hope to use this time to really look at ourselves, to become more connected, to become much more aware."

I'm taking time to do just that: to become more aware, to breathe more deeply, and to enjoy the wonders of the outdoors. Ahhhhh!
LET'S CONNECT! If you are wondering wassup with me this month, my current offerings are below. If you'd like to keep up with all my doings, please click here to get a sorta monthly newsletter from me full of info about my events and more, including my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project. Be sure to follow my Facebook pages too -- Gish Picks Kids and Gish Picks Adults. I'm always throwing words and pictures around somewhere!
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My ⭐️ARTS PICKS Spotlight⭐️ this week is our City of Houston parks. Are you curious why I chose the "Vaquero" sculpture by Luis Jimenez, which is at Moody Park? I couldn't figure out how to represent the parks in one photo, and I realized this week was the kick-off of "National Hispanic Heritage Month" so it seemed perfect to highlight art by Luis Jiménez that's in one of our parks.

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department was created by a city ordinance on March 15, 1916, with two facilities that are still in use today: Sam Houston Park (temporarily closed due to COVID) and Hermann Park. The Department now manages, maintains, and stewards 370 developed parks and over 200 greenspaces and esplanades.

So -- this week I dare you: get out and visit a NEW-TO-YOU city park. You can start with this list, and then maybe check out some other ones too. Have fun tiptoeing through the tulips!


And now -- the two virtual events I am PICK-ing this week. Please note that even my VIRTUAL PICKS are always Houston-based because I am very committed to Houston arts & culture. Since I'm encouraging you to get out to our city parks, my PICKS are park-related. Both these parks are partially open.

➡️ Virtual for ADULTS: Emancipation Park has recurring events that you can see here, including nutritional tips and workout demos, fitness for kids, and creative and connecting cooking classes.

➡️ Virtual for KIDS: Levy Park has a fun Family Storytime and Craft activity every Tuesday at 10am -- next Tuesday's event on 9/22 (here) features The Little Engine that Could story.
HIRE ME! If you want help getting centered -- or for focusing your life -- I'm available to help in many ways:


To book me for anything, please call me at 713.492.1173 or email me. I'd love to help you find PEACE in this crazy time.


UPDATES ON GISH PICKS:
In non-pandemic times, and since I started publishing my blog in 2004, it has been a space to promote my curated list of unique live Houston area cultural events (PICKS) on the weekend for adults and kids. Because of COVID-19, those haven't happened since mid-March so I originally re-worked the format to focus on 5 Houston-based arts & culture organizations in my (Almost) Daily Dose of ARTS PICKS blog each of the NINE weeks of quarantine. You can see each edition - and read about 45 arts groups! - here.
 
And now I'm bringing you an ⭐️ARTS PICKS Spotlight⭐️ each week -- featuring an arts & culture space that is open -- and you'll get info about all of their activities and sometimes a video to bring them to life. Alongside that, I'll also be PICK-ing one local virtual event each for ADULTS and KIDS

I'll keep doing all of that until public events start happening again on a larger scale and I can start curating live event PICKS again.

In the meantime: please enjoy my weekly Spotlights and VIRTUAL PICKS, and please stay healthy!


Sincerely,

Sarah Gish
713.492.1173


P.S. If you want to IGNITE YOUR LIFE now or anytime, check out my list of "12 Ways to Ignite Your Life Daily" -- and watch the 12 videos I made about each Way here. I'm very proud of that list and my work and I hope it will help you live a fully creative life. Meditation, taking care of yourself, enjoying life, and laughing -- plus more! -- is what will get us through this global pandemic. 
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