essay

In Praise of Kitsch

Houston is the town too busy for taste, where the only relevant question is, "Does it look cool?"

05/04/2015 By Cort McMurray

H-Town Diary

After Years, Learning to Let Go of Dallas’ Sky-High Beauty Standards

I am from Dallas. It wasn’t until I moved to Houston that I learned what that means.

02/08/2015 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

H-Town Diary

Society of Friends(wood)

For author Rene Steinke, returning home to Friendswood has a way of plunging her back in time.

11/30/2014 By René Steinke

H-Town Diary

When Driver’s Ed Lessons Go Wrong

You’ll never learn to fly if you can’t forget how to drive.

09/30/2014 By Andrew Husband

H-Town Diary

The Moving Story of a Houston Nomad

Or, why someone would move 19 times in 33 years

09/01/2014 By Katharine Shilcutt

A Family Guide to Houston

How to Be the World’s Best Aunt

Houstonia editor Cathy Matusow shares her secrets.

08/03/2014 By Catherine Matusow

H-Town Diary

A Roll New World

Searching for the past in a pile of grandma’s recipe cards.

06/30/2014 By Jeff Balke

Newsfix

Video: Growing Up In a Family of Snake Lovers

Houstonia editor Cathy Matusow reflects on how her unique childhood along the bayou changed the way she looks at the world.

06/12/2014

H-Town diary

Growing Up Among the Lizard People

O brother’s snake, where art thou?

06/02/2014 By Catherine Matusow

H-Town Diary

Memoirs of a Daily Dog-Walker

The upside of being invisible? You get to see everything.

04/30/2014 By David Stuart Maclean

H-Town Diary

Holding On

As much as we like to bulldoze things, there’s another side to folks here that you don’t hear about—a side that insists that just because something’s gone doesn’t mean it’s lost.

03/03/2014 By Katherine Center

Letters Home

A Camper-Turned-Counselor Speaks

No single experience in my youth compares to the five summers I spent as a middle-school camper in the canyon walls of Echo Valley.

03/03/2014 By Alex Vaio

Travel

Ageless Cancun

Finding God, Man, and margaritas

12/31/2013 By Scott Vogel

H-Town Diary

Race Against Time

A biracial couple conducts a 10-year unscientific study.

12/31/2013 By Gwendolyn Zepeda

Good Ideas

Spending 24 Hours at the Galleria: A Diary

We challenged one of our writers to spend one full day at the Galleria. Will he survive?

12/01/2013 By Michael Hardy

H-Town diary

The Vision Thing

Houston is not an ideal place in which to be blind, but MasterChef Christine Ha would rather be here than anywhere else.

12/01/2013 By Christine Ha

Essay

The Time I Nearly Burned Down Halloween

Or why an 11-year-old shouldn't be allowed to play with matches

10/31/2013 By Katharine Shilcutt

Justice

Prisoner’s Dilemma

Want to see the inside of a classic Kenneth Franzheim building? Try spending a night in jail.

09/30/2013 By Raj Mankad

Essays

Ike’s Peak

A singularly harrowing account of Hurricane Ike’s fury and the four souls whose lives it nearly took.

09/03/2013 By John Lomax