Author Archives: Michael

Dr. Winters Speaks with Houston Matters

Dr. Winters comments on the recent shooting in Houston – his comments start about 27 and a half minutes into the show. Dr. Winters discusses access to mental health services, how social media can both support and be harmful to people monitoring a tragedy like the shooting.

Avocado Trees and Keeping Zipped: Homage to my Grandmothers

I was fortunate to have both of my grandmothers in my life from birth till their deaths. And in a family with 14 children – it is possible that we would not have all survived without the abundant love, support, babysitting and interaction with both Granny (Mom’s mom) and Grandmama (Dad’s mom). My grandmothers were […]

When Worlds (and Cars) Collide…

Note this is the text of Michael’s Houston Moth Story Grand Slam – held on March 4, 2016 I was eager to get back to the hospital where Kelly, the woman to whom I am married, was fighting the mother of all infections. Though in a rush to get to the Turkish restaurant where I […]

At Least Half a Million Biscuits

In my father’s lifetime he made at least half a million biscuits. You see, he made at least 10,000 biscuits a year, every year, for over 50 years. And when you do something over and over – half a million plus times -you get good at it, VERY good at it. His biscuits were light […]

Michael Joins KPFT So What’s Your Story

Michael is the guest and tells 2 stories on “So, What’s Your Story” on KPFT Radio – recorded September 10, 2015. He tells his Houston Moth Story Slam winning story of Chemistry and love and he also tells a story form his grandfather about Christmas in rural Tennessee in the early 1900’s. Listen here

The Hairdresser and the Piano: a Parable

A chemist, a psychologist and a hairdresser were moving a piano. I am the psychologist in the story. The chemist is my sister’s husband, Bobby, and the hairdresser is Ben, Bobby’s brother. Dispel any stereotypes you have of a male hairdresser. Ben is quite masculine and loves women- so much so, that he has married […]

A Personal Independence Day

The Fourth of July holiday in the United States is a celebration of freedom and autonomy from Great Britain. The declaration of Independence laid not only the foundation of a new nation, but a new concept in the world. It is the turning point in history towards self-rule, not governance ordained by a privileged, elite […]

Chipless Cookies and Other Motherly Love Lessons

Mothering a family of 16 has its unique challenges, to put it mildly. Not only did our mother raise all 14 of us kids, but she even somehow managed to find time to get a master’s degree with 13 of us between the ages of 1 and 18 at home (my youngest sister was not […]