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Litter In Houston Bayous—Crying Indian Commerical Asks Us Not To Live Like Pigs As Our Political And Corporate Leaders Would Like Us To Live

Above is a picture I took  a few days ago of a tree that fell into Buffalo Bayou not far from Downtown Houston.

This fallen tree collected a great degree of  organic debris and litter.

The organic debris is a fact of existence. But the litter is stuff that people decided to discard in an inappropriate manner.

You can see that a great deal of litter has been collected here as well.

Below is a picture that I took a few months ago of where White Oak Bayou flows into Buffalo Bayou in Downtown Houston.

There is also a great deal of litter in this picture.

It is up to the individual to decide if to litter or not.

I don’t know why people can’t respect themselves by respecting the world they live in each day and by seeing that we all share this interconnected world.

This is an issue in Houston and in all places.

Below is the famous anti-littering public service commercial  from the early 1970’s featuring the Indian in the canoe.

While it should not be forgotten that big corporations cause most pollution, we all also have the choice not to litter.

We must also recall that work of holding corporations accountable and addressing climate change is up to each of us.

Of course our leaders and our big corporations would let us live like pigs and treat each other like dirt.

It is up to each of us to live in a way that makes clear that we each merit more than our political and corporate leaders would offer us.

August 24, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

Vandalized Houston Sculpture Called “Houston”

Above you see a piece of public art here in Houston.

You see that some people have not treated this sculpture very well.

I don’t know why people conduct themselves in such a manner.

The name of this sculpture is “Houston.” It was created by Mac Whitney.

I don’t know why it is called Houston. Though nor do I know a reason that it should not be called Houston.

Maybe it is called Houston because it is located in Houston.

I don’t suppose that is a very creative explanation.

Here are facts about this work from the City of Houston-

Houston is a massive ¾ inch thick, smooth surfaced, steel sculpture painted red and weighs approximately 50,000 pounds.

Houston was ultimately installed at Stude Park in 1982.

The abstract sculpture rests on four “feet”. Two elongated steel arcs connect the base and the upper portion of the main body of the sculpture (along the diagonal) on both sides. A thin diagonal beam is welded to the upper point of the ½ arrow, resulting in a longer top diagonal line of the main body, creating a sculpture that is an impressive 50 feet tall. The largest leg is inscribed with the artist’s signature (WHITNEY) and date (1981).

A number of people other than the artist have now also inscribed something on the work.

Here is a link to learn about public art in Houston. 

This vandalized Houston sculpture is part of the new extended hike and bike trial along White Oak Bayou.

May 5, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Damned Litter

Here is a picture I took of some litter that was blocked by a barrier near the confluence of White Oak Bayou and Buffalo Bayou in Downtown Houston.

You could call it damned littler because it is so nasty.

Or you could call it damned litter as it is held back by a barrier.

See? Get it?

Damned litter.

February 15, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Please Refer To The Previous Day’s Post

Due to a confluence of circumstances, I don’t have much time for the blog today.

Above is the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou in Downtown Houston. This is a prominent spot in the history of Houston.

While I’m a bit short on time at the moment, my post from yesterday about who liberals and progressives can support in upcoming Houston city elections took some time to write.

Please visit yesterday’s post if you’d like a bit more blogging action.

Thank you for reading Texas Liberal.

(Photo copyright Neil Aquino 2011.)

October 26, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Connection Can Be Found By All People & In All Places

Above is a picture of the confluence of the Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou in Downtown Houston.  

This is a place that was important to the founding of Houston 175 years ago.

Connection leads to creation.

You see there is a train passing over the bayous.

There is also a bridge for cars and for pedestrians at this place.

The building to the left is part of the University of Houston-Downtown campus.

Knowledge is connection to the world.

For 175 years this spot has been a place of connection.

Connection with people, places, things, the natural world, and information is a path many of us may wish to follow.

Houston is a hot almost Hellish place that is swept from time-to-time by hurricanes. 

Can you imagine what a hot disease-plagued swamp Houston must have been 175 years ago?

If connection can be found here, it can be found by anybody and in any setting.

Maybe isolation is sometimes the beginning of the road as one seeks connection.

From my own experience, I’d say isolation can be a very good starting point to connection.

October 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments