Samples of the newsletters I produce

Currently, all these newsletters are monthly and free. 

Streams & Loops

Creative Houston Sparks

  • People, places and projects which show the relentless inventive spirit of Houston
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Health Guide USA Tips & Trusted Links

  • Links and recommendations for reliable sources of health information
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I'm not hiring. Scammers are using my name.

I've seen a job listing saying that I'm hiring... it's a scam! Please do not click the links.

ProPublica: Scammers Are Using Fake Job Ads to Steal People’s Identities, 2021-Oct-26 by Cezary Podkul

The U.S. Secret Service, which investigates financial crimes, also confirmed that it has seen a “marked increase” in sham job ads seeking to steal people’s personal data, often with the aim of filing bogus unemployment insurance claims.

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Building a career versus finding another job

This one of the most insightful articles about building a career that I've EVER read.

Major points: (Quoted verbatim)

  • It's not what you did, it's what happened when you did it.
    • Let people know:

      • Who worked on the project
      • What you built
      • Why you built it
      • When it was built
      • Where it was marketed / showcased
      • How you had impact
  • You have to be known in the community, or you have no credibility.
  • Don't be attached to your ideas... serve the project.
  • And this...

Medium: Reflections on my 10th year as a designer, 2021-Jun by Luis Ouriach

...it’s alarming how much privilege has an impact on recruiting in our industry.

It took me many many years before I realized that a lot of high flying people are in that position because of an inherited network, or because they went to a specific university, or because maybe they are just white and male with a loud voice.

The industry needs to work hard to anonymize our hiring, so that we’re on a level playing field regardless of whether we work at a super shiny company or a small agency, or whether we have a certain look, or name, or follow a particular sports team.

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Houston lags among Texas cities in arts funding

I did not realize this!

Houston Chronicle Opinion: Stand with Houston artists seeking pandemic aid, 2021-Apr-30 by Liyen Chong,Shayna Schlosberg and Jaison Oliver

It’s unfortunate that despite our world-renowned reputation for performing and visual arts and diverse cultural offerings, Houston is not anywhere near the top of the list when it comes to public funding for the arts for major metropolitan cities nationwide. We are still severely underfunded, and Houston continues to trail its peer cities in this area. As of 2017 the City of Houston spent $6.70 per resident on arts and culture compared to Dallas’ $16.70 and Austin’s $22.90. ...

Artists and cultural workers in Houston have come together to organize under the new collective, Arts Accountability Houston (AAH). AAH is building a movement to hold our local government accountable to provide short-term relief and long-term change. We have a unique window of opportunity to fundamentally change our city, and we need your help to make this a reality. Join us in making sure local artists get an equitable share of the stimulus funds coming on May 10 so that Houston’s arts and culture ecosystem doesn’t just survive the final stretch of this pandemic, but emerges stronger and more resilient.

Chong is a visual artist in Houston. Oliver is an organizer. Schlosberg is a Houston-based arts administrator. They are members of Arts Accountability Houston.

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