It's easy in 2014 to be tethered to technology – from the smart phones we can't live without to high-tech appliances to entertainment that revolves around an HDTV, streaming services, cable, satellite, game systems, video on demand. These days, you really have to intentionally unplug. In such an automated, connected world, working creatively with our hands seems almost quaint, old-fashioned, out of step. And yet, developing a craft can serve us both in function and in inspiration. Throwing pottery, knitting a sweater, scrapbooking, making jewelry, building furniture. For some Houstonians, such interests connect us to a time when so much more of our world was handmade. We'll discuss some of the ways Houstonians set aside the digital world to work with their digits. And we'll discuss the value of occasionally unplugging from technology, and engaging in craft.
Senior Producer, Houston Matters
Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.