Saturday, May 18, 2013

Empty Bowls


After many years of planning to check out the Empty Bowls in Houston, I finally made it over to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft today to see what the excitement was all about. 

Empty Bowls is a national grassroots effort to raise funds for to feed the hungry in communities across the country. Artists and craftspeople work throughout the year to create uniquely beautiful soup bowls to donate to the cause. Then, people like me (who love and collect hand-made pottery) show up and make a $25 donation. Donors are then invited to select a bowl of their choice and stay for a light lunch of soup, bread and beverage. (Of course, additional bowls may also be purchased.) The funds raised go to the Houston Food Bank.

As my friend, Faye, suggested, I got to HCCC shortly after the doors opened — when the selection would be best. But, even though the event had just begun, the crowd of supporters was big.

Many of the early birds had already picked out and paid for their favorites. Others were doing what I would soon find myself doing - walking up and down the aisles of pottery-laden tables, finding it difficult to make decisions. But, finally, inspired by the swell of the crowd and all the outstretched arms, I made my move.

I took home two new soup bowls; both about the same size and of similar colors. They will be displayed in my kitchen, so I will use them often. And, each time I do, I will be reminded of this great community effort and my own delight in supporting it. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Neil Cavuto

Neil Cavuto, senior vice president of FOX Business News, was in town today to speak to energy executives and experts at the Fourth Annual Houston Luncheon of the Institute for Energy Research.The event was held at the Hilton Americas Hotel. 

The Institute for Energy Research, based in Washington D.C., is a not-for-profit organization that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations and government regulation of global energy markets.

A private reception for sponsors and special guests was held prior to the main event, where Cavuto posed with all who welcomed a photo op. I took my turn and was delighted to be able to chat with him. He couldn't have been more gracious and generous with his time.  

Later on, when Cavuto addressed the crowd, he told us a lot about his upbringing, the strong influence of his parents and lessons learned from them. And, as expected by many who watch FOX Business News regularly, he poked fun at himself with gusto and aplomb.

Cavuto's praise for the energy industry, as well as jabs at the Obama Administration for its lack of appreciation for this economy driver, drew enthusiastic rounds of applause and more than a few Texas-size hoops and hollers.