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Happy Houston and WWII Love Letters: Friday’s show (February 13, 2015)

It’s been mighty serious around here lately. On recent programs, we’ve discussed poverty, crime, guns, missing persons, the homeless – all important issues, to be sure. But let’s face it, sometimes, the news can be downright depressing. So, on this edition of Houston Matters, we take a little break from the trials and tribulations of […]

It’s been mighty serious around here lately. On recent programs, we’ve discussed poverty, crime, guns, missing persons, the homeless – all important issues, to be sure. But let’s face it, sometimes, the news can be downright depressing.

So, on this edition of Houston Matters, we take a little break from the trials and tribulations of Greater Houston, to discuss some good news — those things happening in your life that make you happy. What uplifting news do you have to share? E-mail us now at talk@houstonmatters.org, and we’ll share the good news during today’s discussion about “Happy Houston”…

We also pepper the program with the power of positivity as we seek out happy thoughts from Dr. Quentin Dinardo, an area clinical psychologist and psychotherapist who focuses on “positive psychology,”  Deborah Heisz, Editorial Director for the Texas-based online magazine Live Happy, and Houston Public Media’s own Ernie Manouse, whose generally cheery disposition automatically qualifies him as an appropriate contributor to the discussion.

Also this hour: A lot can happen in a week – some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. On this week’s panel: Houston Chronicle writer and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! panelist Kyrie O’Connor, John Nova Lomax, a senior editor at Texas Monthly…and Russ Capper, founder and host of The Business Makers Radio Show and The Energy Makers Show. We discuss campus carry, Halliburton’s layoffs, and a renewed effort to save the official state insect of Texas, the Monarch butterfly.

Plus: Most of us don’t write letters anymore. We type e-mails, we text, we post, we blog, but the handwritten letter, sadly, has become a bit of a lost craft. On this eve of Valentine’s Day, Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin talks with Houstonian Darren Tompkins, who’s sifting through hundreds of love letters his grandfather wrote to his grandmother while serving in World War II.

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