Helping Others

May 29, 2015

Twice the Help for Flood Victims

Buffalo Bayou in Flood by Carol Smith

If you want to help our recent flood victims, here are two of our favorite ideas.  

Gift Card Drive

Our young friend (and sometimes receptionist) Lauren is an active member of her BBYO chapter. These kids are collecting gift cards for distribution by Jewish Family Service. Gift cards may be dropped ...

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June 6, 2011

Organic Produce from Wylderose Farm

Margaret's tomatoesMargaret Billingsley, the former speech therapist at West U Elementary, has retired to Wylderose Farm in New Ulm, Texas with her husband and their beloved Shelties.  They are now growing organic fruits and vegetables.  As a matter of fact, Margaret purchased the shade structures from Teas Nursery when ...

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March 8, 2011

Kathleen Jurgens and Temple Grandin

Kathleen Jurgens and Dr. Temple GrandinThis photo was taken in December 2010 at the Autism and Aspergers Conference in Galveston, Texas.  Dr. Temple Grandin, on the left, was the key-note speaker. The high school student standing with her is my young friend Kathleen.

Dr. Grandin has been named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 ...

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Nov. 3, 2010

Halo House Foundation

Halo House Foundation - Providing Residential Assistance for Cancer PatientsHalo House is something that needed doing – so some residents of West U made it happen!  Halo House Foundation provides residential assistance to cancer patients.

Of course, West U is located right next to the Texas Medical Center.  In fact, I’ve been told that we have more doctors per ...

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Posted in Helping Others
April 13, 2010

Haiti Earthquake - Here's How to Help

Dr. Surena, by Lynne Sladky, AP 1-17-2010
Dr. Surena, by Lynne Sladky, AP 1-17-2010

 Recently, it was my great privilege to meet two doctors from the battlefront of the relief effort following the Haiti earthquake.  My thanks to Reverend John Collier for coordinating this unique opportunity to provide help for Haitians.

Before the earthquake, John traveled ...

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Posted in Helping Others, Rotary
Dec. 1, 2009

Ten Thousand Villages - Commerce with a Conscience

Ten Thousand Villages offers commerce with a conscience

Ten Thousand Villages illustrates one of my favorite principals...  I have always practised double-duty gifting whenever possible.  For example, if I am serving cookies at a real estate open house – they might as well be Girl Scout cookies, right?

The same principles apply when shopping for gifts, jewelry ...

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Oct. 30, 2009

Civility - Is Our Nation Divided Against Itself?

A discussion of civility in politics

Civility - does it exist in our political process any more?  Is compromise now a dirty word?  Are we a nation divided against ourselves?  And if we are, what can we do to heal the widening breaches?  This week, I attended a lecture at the Rotary Club ...

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Posted in Helping Others, Rotary
Oct. 26, 2009

Juliette Gordon Low - Happy Birthday!

Brownies celebrate Juliette Gordon Lowe's birthday

We have all celebrated birthdays at Palace Lanes on Bellaire (see http://palacebowlinglanes.com/but this party was unusual -- the birthday girl was absent!   This annual gathering of 70 giggling girls was hosted by Evergreen Service Unit in honor of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouting.

Juliette ...

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Oct. 8, 2009

FOUND MONEY! Check the Unclaimed Property Websites

Finding money on unclaimed funds websites

After a change of address - which of course is what my real estate clients all do - it can be a good idea (and fun!) to check the unclaimed property websites for "found money".  It is all too easy for a utility deposit or a tax refund to be left ...

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June 22, 2009

Fly the American Flag in West University Place!

Fly the American Flag in West University Place

You have probably seen the City of West University Place erupting in American flags several times a year.  Patriotic colors appear all over our neighborhood during the major flag holidays (Presidents Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day) and for special events such as the Houston Marathon.

These ...

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