Showing posts with label Houston. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Houston. Show all posts

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Space Center Camp-In

On  Saturday, we took the Girl Scout troop to an overnight at Space Center Houston (on their cookie dime).  They got to do experiments with electricity, build their own wind turbines and use them to power electric cars and build little flash lights.  They slept on sleeping bags in the Space Center among the exhibits of rockets and stars.  We got to tour the Johnson Space Center campus and Space Center Houston as well.  They really enjoyed it. 

I think it is so important for girls to get experience in hands-on science activities where they get to try things, get it wrong, try other things, get frustrated, try other things, etc.  The wind turbine activity was set up especially well as this sort of experience.  The staff did not mention it, but I made sure to tell the girls about the Mercury 13 women who trained when the Apollo 11 astronauts were training, did better than the men, but were not allowed into space by Johnson.  I also told them the fact that all female astronauts so far have been Girl Scouts. I hope that the experience sparks a vocation for science in some of these girls. .. one possible way they can use their minds to take humanity forward.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Dengue Fever Found in Houston

According to reports from the Associated Press, a study conducted by the Baylor College of Medicine has found that 47 of the people tested for West Nile Virus in Houston between 2003 and 2005 actually had Dengue Fever, not West Nile Virus.  More recent data is not available but it is posited that the virus is still in Houston.  Dengue fever can be very, very serious - even deadly -  so Texans need to be on the lookout.

 I think Lone Star Ma Magazine needs a tropical diseases correspondent.  Who wants the job?  There's no pay, but it is an important role.

I also think I need an effective mosquito repellent alternative to DEET, as DEET has been making me feel itchy-swollen in recent years. Please do not tell me about your latest herbal remedy - I mean effective.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Bye-Bye, White Stallion!

 Plans for the White Stallion Plant near Houston have been shelved by developers.

 People are finally catching on:  Coal Bad.  

We are going to move beyond all of this dirty energy and save our world, Mamas!  We have to!





Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hospitality

When I went to the Girl Scout National Conference in Houston, I stayed with my brother and sister-in-law (and their sweet little dog) who live in Houston.  It was the first time I had been to their home. They were so very nice and welcoming.  I was a little shocked by the gorgeousness and un-cluttered-ness of their apartment - it was pristine but also very warm and welcoming.  There was a guest room and everything.  It was perfection.

I could not stop thinking of my husband's poor aunt who was coming to stay at our house at that very time, in the Lone Star Baby's just-barely straightened up room with the Dora and the Madeline coverlets.  I want to be hospitable to visitors and to make them feel welcome like my brother and sister-in-law made me feel welcome, but I just don't have as much space or elegance to offer.  My house is always completely full and cluttered and there are usually a million Girl Scout supplies spilling out everywhere (two troops - small house) and some mammoth papier-mache school project taking shape in the public areas of the house.  Also, the bathtub is held together by duck tape.  And not everyone likes guinea pigs.  Not to mention the papers to be graded and all that.  And the resident peoples pile things up in every area that I clear out almost instantly. I am defeated.  And humiliated.  I hope people want to visit anyway.  SIGH.

Anyway, I had a lovely time visiting with my brother and sister-in-law.   I am so glad he found her - she is just wonderful.  I had totally spaced on the fact that our grandparents' graves are in Houston - I have not been there since we buried my grandma.  They took me to visit them and it was so nice.  I put pictures of my children and my sister's children on grandma's grave as I know she'd want to see them.  I knew they'd blow away right away, but it was like a hug, just nice.  Then my brother took us to the restaurant - The Dinner Bell -  where we ate after the funerals to buy cookies at the bakery it has.  I had forgotten that, too, but remembered when he showed me.  It was lovely.


I am so grateful for my family.