Bayou City

A few weeks ago I met Carolina Osuna, a lovely Rice University student who is very passionate about the environment and about making a difference in our city.  Carolina introduced me to a project of which she is a member, and asked if I would write about it in Dear Polia.  Instead, I want to let Carolina and the team at the Houston Parks Board tell all of you about this wonderful plan, in the hopes that you will also get involved in making Houston a better place:
Bayou 1"The bayou city of Houston is in store for one of the largest parks projects in the nation. As of now, the major bayous are disconnected from one another and leave many communities without access to green space. Houston has 75 miles of trails along the major bayous but has the potential to expand the trails to 150 miles in the city, connecting 77 parks with linear greenways along the banks of its bayous. Nearly 60 percent of all Houstonians would live within 1.5 miles of one of these parks or trails. 

Bayou 2Last fall, Houston voted on a bond initiative to approve funding to move forward with this project. The $166 million bond passed with more than 68 percent of the vote. More than 2,500 petitions have been collected in support of uniting Houston’s 7 major bayous with parks and trails.
The project was first conceived around 100 years ago and is now known as Bayou Greenways 2020. It is a public/private partnership where the city and area non-profits like the Houston Parks Board will complete the project in 7 years.  Bayou Greenways 2020 will not only increase the areas available to Houstonians for recreation but will also create a greener alternative for transportation. If the project is going to move forward, however, City Council must remain committed to allocating funds for the greenways.

Bayou 3 
This spring, Houston Parks Board is bringing together community members, students, businesses, organizations, and other groups to get involved and speak up about what this project means to them.   We’ve already organized multiple bayou bike tours, collected over 3,400 petitions, and we’re just getting started. If you’re in the area and want to get involved, or would like more information about the project, check out our website,, for more information.  We can get these trails built here in Houston, but only with your help."


Sabor a mi

Early in their courtship my parents chose a song to be "theirs", its lyrics carried a promise of eternal love, of many years of togetherness, of souls that reach to one another...  At 7:00 am on Wednesday March 6th of 1963, my parents were married in Chinandega, Nicaragua.  50 years they have been together, and together they have enjoyed happiness and prosperity; together they have weathered war and loss; together they have battled illness and welcomed life; and together they have been an exemplar of love,  marriage, unity, and family.  My parents still dance "their" song whenever it plays, and 50 years later these verses are truer than ever.
Sabor a mi
Dancing "their" song at my wedding.

Sabor a mí
composed by Alvaro Carrillo

Tanto tiempo disfrutamos de este amor
nuestras almas se acercaron tanto a así
que yo guardo tu sabor
pero tú llevas también
sabor a mí.

Si negaras mi presencia en tu vivir
bastaría con abrazarte y conversar
tanta vida yo te dí
que por fuerza tienes ya
sabor a mí.

No pretendo ser tu dueño
no soy nada yo no tengo vanidad
de mi vida doy lo bueno
soy tan pobre, que otra cosa puedo dar.

Pasarán mas de mil años, muchos más
yo no se si tenga amor la eternidad
pero allá, tal como aquí
en la boca llevarás
sabor a mí.


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