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What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?

Posted on · An interactive art installation is coming to Houston that asks passers by to complete this sentence: “Before I Die I Want To…” The piece was created by artist Candy Chang after the loss of a loved one and has appeared all over the world. We hear from Jeff Friedman, owner of Distinctive Life Cremations and Funerals. […]

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What’s On Your Houston Bucket List?

Posted on · For the last week, we’ve been asking you to contemplate items on your “Houston bucket list.” You know, those events, activities, and moments endemic to Houston that you want to be sure you experience them before you kick the proverbial bucket. Some of you e-mailed us with examples. Among them: A tour of Minute Maid […]

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The Houston Bucket List, HISD School Closure, and Battleship Texas Centennial: Houston Matters for Friday, March 14, 2014

Posted on · For the last week, we’ve been asking you to contemplate items on your “Houston bucket list.” You know, those events, activities, and moments endemic to Houston that you want to be sure you experience them before you kick the proverbial bucket. Some of you e-mailed us with examples. Among them: A tour of Minute Maid […]

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Singer Steve Tyrell Returns Home, Talks About His Influences

Posted on · Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell has spent over four decades in the music business, achieving success as a performer, producer, songwriter and music supervisor. Tyrell has produced hits for Grammy-winning Artists ranging from Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville, to Rod Stewart and Diana Ross. Steve himself has sold hundreds of thousands of albums and gained a […]

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Exhibit Pays Homage to How Cowboys Make that Final Ride Off Into the Sunset

Posted on · With the rodeo in full swing, we learn about an exhibit showcasing the funeral traditions of cowboys and cowgirls — both simple and ornate. The exhibit is called The Last Tip of My Hat and can be seen at Houston’s National Museum of Funeral History now through March 31.

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Will You Have to Pay a Healthcare Penalty Come March 31?

Posted on · Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ends soon (March 31), and so time is running out for folks to sign up for coverage. We look at where the enrollment numbers stand now — both nationally and in Texas. And we hear from a local organization working with Houstonians to help them navigate the sometimes complex […]

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What Would Your 28th Amendment Be?

Posted on · There are 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The first ten, of course, are the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. The other seventeen Amendments include one dedicated to abolishing slavery, others ensure voting rights, one establishes Prohibition, another repeals it. From time to time, citizens call for a new Constitutional […]

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The 28th Amendment, Healthcare Enrollment & Steve Tyrell: Houston Matters for Thursday, March 13, 2014

Posted on · There are 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The first ten, of course, are the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. The other seventeen Amendments include one dedicated to abolishing slavery, others ensure voting rights, one establishes Prohibition, another repeals it. From time to time, citizens call for a […]

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On Galveston Bay, There’s More to Fishing Than Bait and Tackle

Posted on · The Houston region has a wealth of opportunities for recreational fishing. From ponds to lakes and out to the Gulf of Mexico, there’s no shortage of places to fish. And if you’re a beginner or don’t own the equipment you need, there are hundreds of guides to choose from. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin met up […]

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Why Are Pedestrian Fatalities Down Everywhere — Except Texas?

Posted on · A new report indicates pedestrian fatalities have decreased nationwide after a three-year spike. But not here in Texas. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk with the report’s author, transportation researcher Dr. Allan Williams, the former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about the particulars of what he found. Then we’ll discuss the implications of […]

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Pedestrian Fatalities, Tunnel History, and Fishing in Houston & Galveston: Houston Matters for Wed., March 12, 2014

Posted on · A new report indicates pedestrian fatalities have decreased nationwide after a three-year spike. But not here in Texas. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk with the report’s author, transportation researcher Dr. Allan Williams, the former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about the particulars of what he found. Then we’ll […]

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Why the Rash of Biblical Epics in Theaters?

Posted on · A new film hit the Houston multiplexes a couple weeks ago. “Son of God” is based on the History Channel series “The Bible,” and was produced by “Touched by an Angel” actress Roma Downey and her husband, reality TV producer Mark Burnett. While the film opened to mostly poor reviews – moving just 25 percent […]

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Little League Programs Thrive in Houston

Posted on · Another season of Little League baseball has already begun for parts of Houston. So what are the challenges and rewards of running a Little League program these days? We hear from representatives of West University Little League, Westbury Little League and Bellaire Little League who discuss everything it takes to make a baseball season happen, the benefits […]

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What Are the Unique Challenges of Being a Parent in Houston?

Posted on · Here’s the understatement of the year – parenting has its challenges. And parenting in Houston can bring its own wrinkles – figurative and literal ones. Moms and dads in Houston probably spend more time in the car, driving kids to and from activities. In the worst of our summer heat, there are probably some limits […]