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Mike & Cindy Hart

Letter from the Publishers


As I write this letter in late May, the weather is great but definitely getting warmer. We have been spending so much time outside at various outdoor yoga and marketing events and taking our pack to the dog park and I hope by the time it really gets hot we will be acclimated. It’s easy living in Houston to complain about the traffic or the crazy drivers and how difficult it can be to get anywhere in Houston  but in many ways, ours is a very livable city.

I enjoy the bikeways and bike trails especially the beautifully landscaped ones along Buffalo Bayou. As the system is gradually expanded, I hope that one day soon, I can bike safely almost anywhere I want to go in the city. If you want to enjoy biking around Houston but don’t own a bike, you can rent one from any of the many B-Cycle kiosks.

The many parks scattered around the city are another feature that makes Houston livable. We enjoy nature walks in The Arboretum and Memorial Park. T.C. Jester is within walking distance when our basenjis need a good run. It has also a major disc golf course, but I have yet to try that popular outdoor sport. Cindy and I are looking forward to taking in a play at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park this season. Downtown there is Market Square where Critical Mass assembles on last Fridays of the month and Discovery Green where we enjoyed this year’s Earth Day celebration. Midtown Park is one of Houston’s newest and is the location of the monthly YoUniverSoul Community Yoga events.

One last thing that I think makes Houston a livable city is our great ethnic diversity. As a special Mother’s Day treat our daughter-in-law cooked dinner and our son sprang for an Uber ride to and from their house to ours. Our first driver was from Azerbaijan and the second was from the U.S. Virgin Islands so we had a two very interesting conversations. We don’t eat out often but when we do, it is so much fun to try out a different cuisine from a different part of the world. It’s also fun to learn to cook some of those dishes at home and nice that there are ethnic groceries right here in Houston where you can buy the ingredients and spices.

So, next time you are stuck in traffic on the West Loop or 45 North, take a few deep breaths. You might as well since you won’t get where you are going quicker by becoming frustrated. Think about some of the good things we have in our city and make plans to enjoy them just as soon as you can. Maybe we will see you around the city this month.

Bright blessings,

Mike & Cindy Hart

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