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Summer Reading: Short Stories Tackle Everything from Racial Identity to Fast Food

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Tom Williams, author of a collection of short stories called Among the Wild Mulattos and Other Tales. Williams earned his Ph.D. in Literature […]

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Sleep and Sleep Disorders, and Allergies: Tuesday’s Show (July 21, 2015)

Posted on · On the road, at work, at school and at home — we, our friends, neighbors, co-workers and loved ones average less than seven hours of sleep each weekday. That’s a lot of sleep-deprived Houstonians. And we’re not just tired. We’re inattentive, less productive and it’s not good for us. That’s why every six months or so, […]

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Summer Reading: Short Stories Aim to Educate Houstonians About Life in Pakistan

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Saadia Faruqi, author of Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan. Faruqi has worked in Houston’s non-profit sector and has […]

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Houston’s Missing NHL Franchise: Tuesday’s Show (July 14, 2015)

Posted on · For the first time since 1997, the National Hockey League is considering expanding. Starting this month, the 30-team professional hockey league has begun accepting bids for new franchises. Houston would seem, on the surface, to be a natural choice – the fourth largest city in the country, the largest in North America without an NHL team, […]

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Read to Me: Children’s Book Teaches Parents the Value of Reading to Their Kids

Posted on · More than 25 years ago, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy was founded to help promote family reading and learning. One of the ways the foundation is hoping to achieve that this year, in conjunction with the McNair Foundation, is by giving away a thousand free books to promote literacy for at-risk children. The book that […]

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Summer Reading: Former Astro J.R. Richard’s Story of Redemption

Posted on · We all experience peaks and valleys in our lives. Great accomplishments, health scares, personal milestones, economic woes. Some years you’re up, others you’re down. But you’d be hard-pressed to find many Houstonians who have been on a rollercoaster ride to match J.R. Richard, a mainstay in the Houston Astros rotation throughout the 1970s and one […]

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Tropical Storm Bill: Tuesday’s Show (June 16, 2015)

Posted on · It has a name: Tropical Storm Bill. And it’s expected to make landfall on the Texas coast this morning and move inland throughout the day. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of Texas, from Baffin Bay south of Corpus Christi to High Island, up the coast from Galveston. The southern coast is where […]

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Summer Reading: Remembering WWII POW Camp in Huntsville

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series starts today with Jeffrey Littlejohn, an associate professor of history and director of the graduate program at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. He’s the co-editor […]

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Flood Response, Urbanization and Summer Reading: Tuesday’s Show (June 2, 2015)

Posted on · It’s been a week since a dramatic and major storm over Houston dumped nearly a foot of rain in a matter of hours, leading to widespread flooding, several deaths, damage in the millions and at least temporary disruption in one form or another for most of Greater Houston. Now that we have a little bit […]

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Happiness for Beginners: Looking to Nature to Rebuild a Life

Posted on · Houston author Katherine Center has written a new novel called Happiness for Beginners. It’s about a woman whose marriage falls apart and to help her recover her younger brother convinces her to go on a wilderness survival trip. And, of course, things don’t go well. Many of Center’s novels start in a similar way – […]

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Houston Non-Profit Works to Address ‘Book Famine’ in Malawi

Posted on · A Houston-based non-profit called the Good Steward Global Initiative is working to build libraries in areas of the African nation of Malawi experiencing what the initiative calls “book famines.” This effort comes on the heels of recent devastating floods displacing hundreds of thousands in the country. While we all tend to respond to damage caused […]

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What’s the Connection Between Good Storytelling and Puzzles?

Posted on · What makes a story compelling? Is it the plot? The characters? The thematic subtext? A clear beginning, middle and end? Conflict and resolution? There are lots of things a writer might think about while crafting a story – a lot that he or she may want to accomplish while telling the tale. According to creative […]

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Run Brother Run: Brother’s Murder Fuels Houston Attorney’s Legal Passion

Posted on · Houston attorney David Berg’s brother, Alan, was murdered in 1968 by Charles Harrelson, known hit man and father of Woody Harrelson. Despite an eyewitness — Harrelson’s girlfriend — who agreed to testify, Harrelson was acquitted. Now, nearly 50 years later, David Berg has written Run, Brother, Run, a memoir about his family, his brother, his […]

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Customer Service & Political Genetics: Houston Matters for Tues., Aug. 19, 2014

Posted on · Recently, a customer trying to cancel his subscription with Comcast taped his conversation with customer service, in which the Comcast representative on the other end of the line pressed – aggressively, and at times, angrily – to keep him from cancelling. Comcast apologized for the incident, stating that what this customer experienced was not company policy. But […]