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Posts published in “Day: June 12, 2012


By Kristan Hoffman

Back in March, I fell and injured my knee. There was no bruising or swelling, but I couldn’t straighten or bend my leg all the way, and everyday movements caused me significant pain. At first I feared that I would need surgery, and I spent a lot of time and tears worrying about that possibility. But after several hospital visits — and even an MRI — my doctor could find nothing to operate on.

To my surprise, I was disappointed by that news. As much as I had dreaded surgery, I appreciated the concrete-ness of it. It was a solution. Once it happened, I could heal. Instead, my injury remained a mystery, and the only “remedy” my doctor could prescribe was time.

My doctor did suggest that I try some physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in my leg and ease the burden on my knee. Half a dozen basic exercises to be done for 30 minutes twice a day. How could this possibly help? I wondered. But after just two weeks, my range of motion improved, and the frequency of my pain decreased. On the outside everything looked the same, but on the inside things were happening.

It occurs to me now that much of life passes in this way: below the surface, making progress that can hardly be noticed, much less quantified. How close are you to getting that promotion? How much longer until you’re over that breakup? When will your panic and your joy over having a newborn settle into a comfortable rhythm?

Of course it would be great if there were clear, concrete actions that we could take to speed up these processes, but in most cases all we can do is press on and hope for the best. We may feel like nothing is changing, because we have no proof, no measurements. But even the tiniest of improvements add up, like grains of sand, building upon each other gradually, until one day you’re on a beach.

Even though I can’t see it on an X-ray or calculate it in numbers, I know I’m headed toward that beach. Someday I’ll be running across the sand full-speed, with no pain in my knee. I just have to trust that I’m making progress each day. I just have to give it time.

Airline Improvement District to hold final public meeting for proposed District Projects

The Airline Improvement District Board of Directors is working in conjunction with the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) and Harris County Community Services Department on a “Livable Centers” study aimed at facilitating the creation of a vision plan to provide multi-modal transportation options, improve quality of life for residents of the District, and promote economic development.

The third and final public workshop for the study is on Monday, June 18, 2012 from 5:00pm – 6:45pm in the cafeteria at Carroll Academy, 423 Gulf Bank Rd. Houston, TX 77037.

At this meeting, the Project Team will present the Proposed Projects for the District and make recommendations as to how the District may implement those projects. All project concepts were developed using input gathered from the community at the first and second public meetings and from surveys completed by study participants.

The format of the workshop will include a presentation by the Project Team detailing the public outreach, research, and evaluation methods used to determine which Proposed Projects are best suited for the district. Meeting attendees are encouraged to participate in a Q&A after the presentation. Refreshments will be provided for attendees, and activities will be provided for children! Spanish-speaking members of the project team will be present, and nametags will clearly identify them.

Rep. Walle hosts first community workshop – on Healthcare

State Rep. Armando Walle is hosting a series of workshops to provide help to the community with issues affecting the public.

The first community workshop about Healthcare was last Thursday, June 7 and offered assistance on CHIP and Medicaid among other information related to healthcare.

“Gateway to CARE” was one of the agencies that participated; it is a community health worker training institute that bridges healthcare gaps through education. According to Gateway to CARE, there are 1.2 million people without a health insurance just in the Harris County, and 6 million in Texas.

GoodNeighbor Healthcare Center and the Aldine Clinic of Harris County Hospital District were also present to provide information about the topic.

More information of health care reform can be found at Texas Health Options or by calling 1-855-839-2427. Also visit for the latest information.

The next workshops:

“Domestic Violence” will be held on June 14; it will provide resources on how to deal with domestic violence.

Future workshops are as follows:

June 21 “Higher Education” workshop will discuss higher education opportunities and issues. This workshop also will offer the chance for a lucky HD-140 high school student to win a scholarship toward higher education.

June 28 “Workforce Development” will provide resources for people seeking unemployment assistance and help finding work.

All workshops are schedule from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Aldine Sr. High School, School Library, 11101 Airline Drive, Houston, Texas 77037.

For more information on these events, contact Myriam Saldivar by phone at (713) 694-8620.