Ellen Elam's family and friends came out to help her achieve her goal of doing 50 acts of kindness on her 50th birthday. Front row, from left: Ana Benitez, Ellen Elam, I.V. Elam, Katy Hole. Second row, from left: Heidi Harrelson, Drew Elam, Joe Colangelo, Kristi Cooper, Jenny Mooney, Debbie Platt, Jesse Deanda, Abby Platt, Robine Hendricks.

Turning 50 with Kindness

July 2014

Ellen Elam turned the tables on turning 50. Instead of greeting the half-century mark with dread, she chose to make the day meaningful – not only for herself and her family, but for many people she didn’t even know.

Ellen set out to turn April 28, 2014, into a day of “50 Intentional Acts of Kindness.” The idea was that …

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The gift of books
Briargrove Elementary fifth graders Lauren Haley, McKenna Leach, Jenna Kidd, Luiza Quigley, Erin Brooks, Nina Davalos, Barbara Serna and Nina Garcia (pictured, from left), all members of Girl Scout Troop 20265, earned an award for running a book drive. They collected over 2,200 gently used books. Each girl designed book marks with encouraging words and designs …

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In This Issue

  • Turning 50 with Kindness
  • Rumor Has It – July 2014
  • Editor’s Note – July 2014
  • Neighborhood Tails – Millie Rose, age 1
  • SportzBuzz – July 2014
  • Back Porch – Summer Reading
  • Mailbag – July 2014
  • Travel Buzz – Family Reunions: Getting Away to Get Together
  • SportzBuzz, Jr. – July 2014
  • Buzz About Town – July 2014
  • The Buzz Magazines 2014 Photo Contest
  • This Month in Dining: Burgers
  • Buzz Kidz by Juliet Quinones, age 11
  • An Intern’s Insight: The Buzz at The Health Museum
  • An Interns’ Insight: The Buzz Explores the Houston Zoo
  • An Interns’ Insight: A Trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • An Intern’s Insight: Study Abroad in Ireland
  • An Intern’s Insight: Fútbol, not Football
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  • Suggestions from Seniors
  • Fish Are Friends: 10 Tips for Freshmen
  • A Few Tips for Freshmen
  • SAA Fishies Start To Swim In a New Ocean
  • Stratford Journalism Takes University of Texas
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