Flori Meeks

I'm a freelance writer and editor with more than 28 years of experience ranging from editing community news for The Houston Chronicle to ghostwriting and editing nonfiction books for The Writers For Hire, Inc. As a freelance writer (since 1998), my projects have included writing newspaper and magazine articles, press releases, newsletters, brochure and website copy, Request for Proposal (RFP) responses, and social media posts. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Oakland University.

Residents still feeling effects of the high water

Residents still feeling effects of the high water The storms and high waters that greater Houston experienced April 18 hit the Humble, Kingwood and Lake Houston areas hard. Some of the worst home flooding occurred along around the lake off Hamblen Road in the 77338 ZIP code, Humble Area Assistance Ministries reports, but homes throughout the area were affected. And for the residents whose homes took in water, the impacts are ongoing. When Kyle Sadler's 7-year-old daughter, Zoe, overheard him

Katy Prairie Conservancy aims to boost population of monarchs

Start studying the habits of the rapidly vanishing monarch butterflies and it is evident that these orange-and-black insects, just like people, have varying tastes in food. So, while all monarchs lay their eggs on milkweed plants, which provide food for the caterpillars, different monarchs tend to gravitate toward different milkweed species. With the monarch population in decline, along with the milkweed plants that they rely upon, providing as many milkweed options as possible could go a long

Can a lure sound tasty to fish?

Not only did Malone create the lure, he later learned that the device he invented mimics the natural vibrations of the creatures that fish like to eat such as crayfish. Anglers’ satisfaction with the lure’s results led to the establishment of Clear Lake-based Bayou Rattler Products LLC, which started selling products in January. The business is backed by Malone’s longtime friend, Shelby LaCroix, and managed by Shelby’s son, Trey, both of Clear Lake. After spending nearly two years laying the

Hopes are high for Midtown arts center

DiverseWorks Executive Director Elizabeth Dunbar sees the arts complex planned for Midtown as more than a community resource; she sees it as a key to fueling more redevelopment in that area. "It really signifies a culturally sophisticated city," Dunbar said. "I'm sure it will bring more restaurants and businesses to the area, along with residents who want to be nearby." The idea behind Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston is to provide a central home for Houston's small and mid-size arts orga

Projects aim to ease Westchase traffic

As area business and residential growth intensifies, Houston's Westchase District has sought to be proactive through multiple projects, said Jim Murphy, general manager. The district's current projects include renovations to the T intersection at Westcenter and Westpark that are nearing completion. The project will add a left-turn channel to the median of Westcenter where drivers can turn east onto Westpark with the help of a signal. The channel will be a lane that is offset from the main traf

Students bond over free sign language classes

Three years since nonprofit organization Be An Angel started offering free American Sign Language classes in Houston, plans are in the works for a reunion. The gathering will be for those who have completed all three levels,- beginning, intermediate and advanced - of the ASL classes, which are taught to hearing persons by volunteer instructor Sheila Johnstone. Currently, the advanced class has 100 alumni. "They're always wanting to get together," Johnstone said. "They've bonded so well; it's

New chairman has connection to Holocaust museum

New chairman has connection to Holocaust museum For board chairman Gary Markowitz, the Holocaust Museum Houston always has been much more than a collection of artifacts or a means of preserving a specific chapter in history. The museum at 5401 Caroline connects visitors with critical lessons from the past, the Bellaire resident says, and highlights the ongoing importance of compassion, courage and social justice. "I think the perception, unfortunately, is it's a Jewish museum that's strictly

Church for hearing impaired goes high tech

Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church, 9920 Long Point, is now holding services in a newly renovated worship center with a vibrating floor, special lighting and three screens that display magnified images of communication in American Sign Language. The church held its first services there in mid-November, after two years of fundraising and construction. "It feels great," said the Rev. Arthur Craig, senior pastor. "The visual system is so high tech. It's going to take a while to get everything tweaked.

Construction underway on 2 HISD schools

Construction is now under way on new buildings for Parker Elementary School and Booker T. Washington High School. Parker and Washington are among 40 Houston Independent School District schools that were slated for major repairs or building replacements when voters approved the district's $1.89 billion bond program in 2012. The schools had ground-breaking ceremonies in April and are expected to be completed in time for the 2017-18 school year. The $29.5 million Parker building at 10626 Atwell

Soup, kindness fuel events hosted by nonprofit

Volunteers from the Cy-Fair area and throughout Houston have started pairing comfort food with what they consider food for the soul: helping others. The result, a crowd-funding program called Souper Houston, raises small grants for Houston-area nonprofit organizations and startup businesses. It has awarded two micro-grants since it organized in August. "It seems like a dream," said founder Monika Barker Cassell, a west Houston resident who grew up in Cypress. "It's a lot of work; we're in a le

Health system to purchase hospital, build tower

After years of handing operations and governance for Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, the Hermann Health System will soon own the 255-bed facility. The system recently committed to buy the hospital at 18951 Memorial North in Humble and to add a five-story patient tower to the site. "As we project where health care is going, this positioned us to have the most flexibility possible to serve the community," said Heath Rushing, hospital CEO and senior vice president. The trend in health care

Holocaust survivor says sharing his story painful, but important

Holocaust survivor says sharing his story painful, but important Leon Cooper is not one to shy away from sharing his experiences from the Holocaust. What's most important, the southwest Houston resident said, is keeping that chapter of history alive. "The more people who hear our story the better so it never will happen again," he said. Born Leon Kupczyk, Cooper, 84, was a boy when Nazi Germany invaded his native Poland. During the next five to six years, he endured ghetto life, separation f

City proceeds with plans for Washington Avenue parking district

Now that Houston City Council has approved a pilot parking benefits district for the Washington Avenue corridor, city officials are vetting candidates for a district advisory committee. The Washington Avenue Corridor Parking Benefit District, which was approved by council members Dec. 12, is expected to be operational by the spring. Bounded by Houston Avenue, Center Boulevard, Lillian Street/Decatur Street and Westcott Street, the district will deploy parking meters, pay-by-phone technology an

Veterans suffering with PTSD have place to turn in Camp Hope

Veterans suffering with PTSD have place to turn in Camp Hope When Joshua Castro completed his Army service, including 1½ years in Iraq, he found himself struggling. "I was in Iraq between 2007 and 2008," said Castro, who was a sergeant when was discharged. "I saw guys blown up. I lost guys. And I was having a lot of problems trying to acclimate. I was self-medicating." Castro, 31, was affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, a psychiatric disorder caused by experiencing or wit ness

New entrepreneurship minor develops skills to find, launch successful ventures - News Archive -School of Business Administration

Wednesday, April 06, 2011 - New entrepreneurship minor develops skills to find, launch successful ventures Long before they start drafting a business plan, budding entrepreneurs at Oakland University soon will be researching, testing and fine-tuning the ideas that one day could result in new businesses. That systematic approach will be key to Oakland’s new entrepreneurship minor, approved in March and scheduled to launch its first classes this fall. Oakland’s School of Business Administration

Judge's mark on law, lives

Retired Judge John V. Singleton Jr. has never forgotten the advice Lyndon B. Johnson gave him as a young man. "He told me, 'John, never say you can't do something. If you work hard enough, you can do anything.'" Singleton, who lives in Lakes of Parkway in west Houston, first met Johnson while attending law school. He would go on to help Johnson with several campaigns, including his run for the presidency in 1964. He also has seen Johnson's advice prove true in his own career. After two decad

Japanese family made its mark on area

When Kiyoaki Saibara had an opportunity to meet world-renowned astronaut John Glenn in the early 1960s, the Webster rice farmer had a small request. Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, was planning a NASA goodwill trip to Japan. According to the Houston Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, Saibara asked him, "Col. Glenn, when you get to Japan, if you should meet the emperor, would you give him my regards?" Glenn later said he seriously doubted that Emperor Hirohito woul

Firefighter/guitarist from League City likes to gets things smokin' onstage

Firefighter/guitarist from League City likes to gets things smokin' onstage League City resident Mark Turvey jokes that few people would guess, to look at him, that he plays guitar for a rock band. But playing classic Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin and 38 Special riffs comes as naturally to him as his day job - working as fire chief and facilities protection superintendent for specialty chemical company Lubrizol Corp. "It's (playing guitar) just something I've always loved," said Turvey, 59. T
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