Topaz Meaning, Powers and History: Part One

The Meaning and History of Topaz Topaz is the birthstone for the month of December, and the stone given in celebration of the 4th and 19th anniversaries of marriage. Topaz is a symbol of love and affection, and has been said to be an aid to one’s sweetness and disposition. The Greeks and Romans greatly […]

A Jammed Packed What to do This Weekend

Whether you’re looking to get out of the house to spend time with or away from your family, these events should get you through this holiday weekend. Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Wednesday, November 22 to Sunday, November 26, 2017. Things to Do All Thanksgiving Weekend • Hello […]

The Thanksgiving Story

Most stories of Thanksgiving history start with the harvest celebration of the pilgrims and the Native Americans that took place in the autumn of 1621. Although they did have a three-day feast in celebration of a good harvest, and the local natives did participate, this “first thanksgiving” was not a holiday, simply a gathering. There is […]

1676 Thanksgiving Proclamation

This language would be frowned upon and possibly even worse today, but to forget history is to doom ourselves to repeat it. 1676 Thanksgiving Proclamation   “The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present War With the Heathen Natives of this land, written and […]

Two Thanksgivings

Gov. Leon C. Phillips said Oklahoma would stick to the customary Thanksgiving date: “It will be the last Thursday in 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942. After that, I don’t care what they do about it.” (Phillips would no longer be governor.) As it turned out, many Oklahomans got two Thanksgiving holidays in 1939. Tulsa city […]

Roosevelt Created a ‘Franksgiving’ Monster

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1939 Thanksgiving proclamation was a turkey. Roosevelt was trying to give retail merchants an extra week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but by tinkering with the tradition, the president unleashed a storm of controversy and confusion. The day set aside to thank almighty God for the blessings we have received became an […]

Weekend Fun Delivered Right Here

Get your holiday shopping done early, check out local art, see a free movie screening, watch as ice sculptures are carved right before your eyes, cheer loud for the Texans and more. Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend. Saturday, November 18, 2017 • Volunteer Workday at Buffalo Bayou Park –Volunteer […]

Dressing or Stuffing?

When it comes to Thanksgiving, some dishes are required eating. Anything other than turkey is anathema, gravy is a must and cranberries get their one chance to shine. And don’t forget the stuffing! But that’s where things get interesting, because it seems no two families can agree on the proper way to prepare stuffing. Even […]

I’m So Conflicted

I’m so conflicted with the flurry of sexual impropriety claims that have been lodged lately. While all victims should be heard, my concern is the assumption that all allegations are true, despite what the accused has to say doesn’t come without serious ramifications. Some have admitted to these acts, others have not, which leads us […]

What You Should Know About Veteran’s Day

Veterans Day is a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated in […]