What a amazing week this has turned out to be!

I was able to hang out with Greg Gorman, Arther Meyerson, and Lou Congelio.

It started on Thursday when Lou and I visited Greg at the Decorative Center where he was setting up for his photography opening on Wednesday, April 27. Lou and I visited with Greg, checked out the exhibit then had a great lunch with Greg and the guys setting up the show.

Then today, Greg and my other photographer friend, Arthur Meyerson, came over to the house to visit with Mom and myself. Of course Greg brought his camera and took some great photos of me!

Yes, it was tremendous, and terrific!  Then it was time for lunch.  Lou took us to my favorite restaurant, Tila’s on Shepherd in River Oaks. Great conversation over lunch and more photo ops.  It couldn’t have been any better then it was today. It was fun giving each other a hard time.  Something we always enjoy. Lot’s of laughing lots of love.  Thank you Arther, Greg, and Lou.

Dear Friends of National Doodle Day,

Less than a month to go! National Doodle Day is Thursday May 12th! This year’s Doodle Collection is growing steadily and looking lovely.

Treat yourself to a visual feast at www.doodledayusa.org. There you’ll find Doodles from dozens of new contributors and a fine selection from friends who Doodle for us regularly. As usual we have Doodles from stars of stage and screen, sports figures, artists, illustrators, caricaturists, cartoonists, comic book artists, musicians, comedians, and more.

Like what you see? Please tell your friends. NF, Inc. counts on the participation of Doodle fans like you to make our auction a success.

Among new contributors are:

Julianne Moore
Julianna Margulies
Lauralee Bell
Eric Carle
Daniel Pinkwater
Richard Chamberlain
Annette Funicello
Brad Paisley & Kimberly Williams Paisley
Michael Zulli
Carrot Top
Wally Bunker
Kathryn Bigelow

Some of the returning gems are by:

Seth Green
Jeff Bridges
Martin Sheen
Andy Runton
Frank Marino
Angela Cartwright
Mark Ryden
Mike Peters
Jimmy Pickering
Bill Mumy


National Doodle Day – May 12, 2011

Thursday, May 12 Doodle Auction Begins

Sunday, May 22 Doodle Auction Ends

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To all My friends:

The following message was sent to me from my friend Sugar Ray Leonard via his assistant, Bern. Ray is on “Dancing with the Stars” and has survived the first two cuts. He very much would like to continue but he needs our help.

If you could read the rest of this message than vote for him, it would be a big help! Sugar Ray has always been there for us with NF through his “Doodles for NF” and also for the Just Ask Foundation and me personally!!! Finally, we have an opportunity to help him. I know all of you will do what you can! Thank you!!!


Hey everyone! Sugar Ray Leonard is currently still in the running on “Dancing with the Stars.”

He was able to beat the odds and escape the bottom two last week thanks to all of you! He is extremely grateful for the kind words and support that everyone has given him throughout the competition but the fight isn’t over yet. We still have a long journey ahead and we need all the help that we can get. Please continue to spread the word and vote so that Ray can keep dancing each week.

If you haven’t memorized the number already, you can vote up to 11 times on both landlines and cell phones by calling 1-800-868-3406 or AT&T users can text VOTE to  3406. You can also vote via the Internet. You just need to register once online and then you can vote for the remainder of the season…it only takes a minute! Click on the link:http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars

Also, if you haven’t liked Sugar Ray on Facebook or followed him on Twitter, please do so and tell everyone else as well. His official links are

I just want to personally thank each and every single one of you from the bottom of my heart for all the love that you have given Ray. He’s been working very hard and is touched by the amount of support you have given him. So again, we want to say THANK YOU!!!!


Bern (Sugar Ray’s assistant)


It was a bittersweet day for me. Johnny Howell was remembered today. She was my first teacher. She was a angle when I met her, and for sure she is one today. I was blessed today to share some wonderful memories about Mrs. Howell. Thank you Jim Bettis for allowing me to be there. I was happy to let everyone know about the great things she has help with. I’m proud that Johnny has help me be the person I am today. My best to Mr. Howell (Larry) and everyone who loved Johnny.



Are you ready for some flat track action? Houston Roller Derby’s season opener game is coming up on April 16 at brand-new venue Houston Indoor Sports, located at 221 Barren Springs Drive in Houston. Parking conditions at Houston Indoor Sports will be a major improvement over our previous venues. The venue offers a permanent sport court floor that’s made for roller derby and roller hockey games, as well as bleacher, floor and VIP seating.

Buy your tickets now as this bout has limited capacity and is very likely to sell out! Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door and are available from any HRD skater, from Montrose Skate Shop at 3202 White Oak Drive, or at www.houstonrollerderby.com . Tickets from our cancelled March bout will be accepted at the season opener. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted for free. Will-call tickets will be available for pick-up at 4 p.m. April 16 at HIS. Season ticket holders will be allowed into the venue at 5:45 p.m. Doors open to all other ticket-holders at 6 p.m.

Attendees are asked to not bring folding chairs. Chairs will be available for VIP ticket holders, and bleachers and floor seating will be available for general admission ticket holders. Beer and concessions will be available for purchase at games. Some concessions options will be cash-only.

Houston Roller Derby Garage Sale, Onion Creek, The Heights, April 9!!!

One rollergirl’s trash could be YOUR treasure at the Houston Roller Derby garage sale fundraiser. The sale is taking place from 7 a.m. to noon this Saturday, April 9 at Onion Creek Coffee House, 3106 White Oak Drive in Houston. We’ve had some sofa sets and bookshelves donated already. Check our facebook profile on Friday night for updates on other big items we’ll have at the sale! If you’d like to donate items to the sale, use the Contact Us form on out website to send us an e-mail about it.

Johnnie Lee Peak Kucera Howell , 68, or Rosenberg, TX, passed away on April 1, 2011 after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Johnnie was born on August 21, 1942, in Galveston, TX, and grew up in Rosenberg, TX, where she graduated from Lamar Consolidated High School in 1960. Johnnie attended The University of Texas at Austin and graduated from The University of Houston with a degree in Elementary Education.

Johnnie was an extremely passionate and dedicated educator during her thirty-four year tenure as a first-grade and later, resource teacher, with HISD. She began her career in 1967 as Mrs. Bettis at Virgil I. Grissom Elementary, and subsequently taught at Frost Elementary, Longfellow Elementary, and Kate Bell Elementary. She made an enormous positive impact on her students, not only educationally, but also personally. If one of her students or their family needed something, Mrs. Howell was there for them. Johnnie was very active in The Congress of Houston Teachers, serving as President for consecutive terms from 1990 through 1994. Her compassion and generosity extended to her volunteer work at South Main Baptist Church, where she lead the Adult Special Needs Sunday School Class and was active in The Emergency Aid Coalition. Johnnie also was very involved in the Neurofibromatosis Foundation, which stemmed from her close relationship with Reggie Bibbs, one of her very special students who has NF.

Another of Johnnie’s passions was her volunteerism and service with the Ft. Bend County Republican Party. Johnnie was an active member and officer of the Republican Women On The Go, receiving the 1997 Woman of the Year award. One of the highlights of her involvement with the Republican Party was attending the 2001 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Larry.
Until her health failed, Johnnie was also active in the West End Ft. Bend County American Heart Association, serving on its board and the Rosenberg Lions Club. Additionally, as a member of Ft. Bend Senior Citizens, she enjoyed visiting residents at area nursing homes.
Johnnie is preceded in death by her mother, Clara Koehler Graves, her father, John Peak, and her beloved brothers, George Kucera and JC Kucera.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Larry Howell; her son, James Michael Bettis, Jr. and wife Kelley; her daughter, Tommye Bettis Dominy; and her grandchildren, Douglas Patrick Coleman, Sarah Elizabeth Coleman, James Michael Bettis III, and Jett Bryant Bettis. She is also survived by cousins, Ruth Sparren and Billy Gaupp; sisters-in law, Lillian Kucera and Mary Ann Whitlow and husband Sam; brother-in-law Bobby Howell and wife Lisa, and niece, Sheila Bezdek.
Visitation will be 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2011 at Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors Chapel, 1201 4th Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471. A service celebrating Johnnie’s life will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at Garmany & Carden Chapel, with Rev. M. Eugene Vickrey officiating, followed by a reception at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1208 5th Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 2242 West Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030-2008 or online at www.alz.org.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2011
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