Lit both ways
Rev. Myokei Cain-Barrett, the only woman in North America to lead a Nichiren Shu Buddhist congregation. She has a small following here in Houston and ministers to people in other cities as well.
Varion Howard, 34, a counselor at Westfield High, leads a double life as a spoken word poet. Howard asks those in the crowd to show their appreciation of the poets by snapping their fingers or jangling their keys. He hosts the performances every Sunday at the Shadow Bar.
Meeting in the women's restroom before the show, Varion Howard, asks who in the room are "virgins," those who've never recited poetry on the stage at the Shadow Bar before.
Varion Howard, a counselor at Westfield High, speaks to the audience at the Shadow Bar.
Joseph Bell stands inside a home he plans to purchase in Houston, TX. The federal home buyer tax credit is being extended until April of 2010 and expanded to allow existing homeowners to qualify.
The Galleria hosted its 21st annual tree lighting Nov. 14, 2009 in Houston. It premiered a 55-foot tree, 100,000 lights and 5,000 ornaments. Competitive skater Becky Bereswill was there as well as pairs team Gord Willemse and Lisa Grice.
Donald Narcisse is a former wide receiver on the Saskatchewan Roughriders Canadian Football League football team who lost money in a Ponzi scheme based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.