Houston Volunteer Initiative Program

Houstonians showed the world their big hearts and willingness to step up with compassion and competence when the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans were changed by the storms of wind and water. It showed us that when we are united as a community, we can accomplish miracles. Everywhere people are willing to pitch in: to make a difference in our schools, to strengthen public safety, and to serve the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. That’s why we’ve organized volunteer opportunities throughout the City. Now, each and every Houstonian can find some wonderful opportunities through our...
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Tree Museum

For artist Katie Holten, trees were thus the natural starting point for an oral history of a city street in the Bronx. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Grand Concourse, a four-mile-long boulevard that connects Manhattan to the parks of the Northern Bronx, Holten has created the Tree Museum: 100 specially-chosen trees between 138th Street and Mosholu Parkway, each of which has a story to tell if you dial the number at its base. The museum opens today, June 21, with a parade and street fair: for those of us not in New York, a podcast and brochure will be available for download,...
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Go Chula Run

Our friend, Chula Sanchez is running for a city council seat in Galveston. She is a gift to Galveston! http://www.chula4galveston.com/Home.htm...
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Earth Day Houston on April 3rd at Discovery Green

2nd Annual Earth Day Houston Festival, 5K & Green Expo. Earth Day Houston once again will take place at Discovery Green on Saturday, April 3, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festivities kick off with the Earth Day Houston 5K at 8 a.m. followed by a day-long celebration with family entertainment, environmental education, the NEW Green Expo and much more. http://earthdayhouston.org/...
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Keiji Asakura receives President’s Call to Service Award!

Keiji was honored to receive President Obama’s Call to Service Award this afternoon. Presented by Keep America Beautiful President, Matthew McKenna. The award was given at Sam Houston Park during the Keep America Beautiful 2010 Great American Cleanup Campaign kick-off....
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Philanthropist in all of us

from Gk. philanthropia “humanity, benevolence,” from philanthropos (adj.) “loving mankind,” from phil- “loving” + anthropos “mankind” We care and when we give our time and talent to improve lives of others in neighborhoods and communities, we are philanthropists. It is not all about money. It is about caring. BTW the pictures are Bill Gates and Alfred Nobel。So, touch you chin, touch you cheek and be a philanthropist....
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How to spot an otter – Times Online

How to spot an otter – Times Online. I’m off to jolly old England next week, and I’m excited about the prospect of spotting a wild otter. Maybe not in England, but, maybe in Scotland… Having the maiden name of Potter, I’ve always had a poetic connection to these beautiful, sleek, clever mammals. Apparently their numbers are climbing, which is good  news all round as it indicates a cleaner and more prosperous natural environment. I’ll be sure to look for “spraint” and report back, preferably with a big, steaming photograph : )...
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Meaning of Zen in Art of Gaman

The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946 ‘how to endure’ was taught at the camps and is still a central virtue of many Japanese American. What’s at the end of it?  Pain and more sufferings? We examine our fate in our current state and we know that enduring is a virtue but it is certain that changes and rebirths are at the end....
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Metal Art

Cal Lane, the artist is a graduate of SUNY Purchase with an MA in sculpture, Lane seeks to create works of clashing ideas and materials that strike a balance. Her shovels mash the masculine and feminine, masking hard physical labor with delicate hand craft. Lane has received a number of awards and fellowships, most recently the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2007. Learn more about Lane on her website http://www.callane.com/...
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Changes are fundamental to our Universe

in our lives and our environment. We often resist changes for fear of unknowns. As disorderly as the changes are, we look back and see how we have connected the dots and woven our lives into a cloth of our career, family and community. Changes are time and energy and they are very precious....
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