It would be impolite for me to tell Houstonians that their place in the scheme of things is rather unpleasant except for the private escapes provided by back yards and neighborhoods. But that, it seems is the case. People know it and make no apologies for it. People here manage to escape the ugliness by retreat into quiet neighborhoods and easy access to distraction. My cousin has a large greenhouse in his backyard where his wife had purposefully created her own creative paradise. The inside of his home is filled with art gathered over a lifetime, and that, too, helps to compensate for hazards and frustrations of traffic and the challenges of coping with urban life.
If you are stuck in a place like this, seek refuge in beauty of your own creation. For those living in Houston at the moment, check out the opportunity that woodturning will provide. A friend of mine, Alan Lacer, will be here to teach with the Gulf States Woodturners this month.
Fortunately, I'll be home for classes on Monday morning.
Make, fix, create, and help others to do so.