Lisa Gray

Reporter and editor, Houston Chronicle. Still trying to understand this city.
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    Dear Chicago: Houston's bean is better. And so is Houston.

    From: Lisa Gray, Houston Chronicle To: Kim Janssen, Chicago Tribune Dear Kim: Just to recap: Yesterday in the Chicago Tribune, you wrote a column with the headline "Unoriginal Houston gets its own bean sculpture.... whatever." You grumbled that the …

    From: Lisa Gray, Houston Chronicle To: Kim Janssen, Chicago Tribune Dear Kim: Just to recap: Yesterday in the Chicago Tribune, you wrote a column with the headline "Unoriginal Houston gets its own bean sculpture.... whatever." You grumbled that the …

    From: Lisa Gray, Houston Chronicle To: Kim Janssen, Chicago Tribune Dear Kim: Just to recap: Yesterday in the Chicago Tribune, you wrote a column with the headline "Unoriginal Houston gets its own bean sculpture.... whatever." You grumbled that the …

    Sep 21, 2019
    What is all this rain doing to my trees?

    Thursday afternoon, street flooding trapped arborist Matt Petty of Davey Tree at his Memorial Park-area office. As he and his crew waited for the water to subside, he spoke by phone about the problems our trees can expect. Q: For a tree, how bad is a…

    Thursday afternoon, street flooding trapped arborist Matt Petty of Davey Tree at his Memorial Park-area office. As he and his crew waited for the water to subside, he spoke by phone about the problems our trees can expect. Q: For a tree, how bad is a…

    Thursday afternoon, street flooding trapped arborist Matt Petty of Davey Tree at his Memorial Park-area office. As he and his crew waited for the water to subside, he spoke by phone about the problems our trees can expect. Q: For a tree, how bad is a…

    Sep 17, 2019
    With ‘Howdy, Modi!’ Houston’s Indian community says hello to the world

    On Sunday, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Houston is expected to attract more than 50,000 people to NRG Stadium — plus roughly a thousand volunteers, 400 singers and dancers, U.S. President Donald Trump and a significant protest…

    On Sunday, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Houston is expected to attract more than 50,000 people to NRG Stadium — plus roughly a thousand volunteers, 400 singers and dancers, U.S. President Donald Trump and a significant protest…

    On Sunday, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Houston is expected to attract more than 50,000 people to NRG Stadium — plus roughly a thousand volunteers, 400 singers and dancers, U.S. President Donald Trump and a significant protest…

    Aug 22, 2019
    KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg sues charter school network for defamation

    Mike Feinberg, co-founder of KIPP, filed a defamation lawsuit against the national charter network Thursday in a bid to force the organization to turn over information to rebut the sexual assault and harassment allegations that led to his…

    Mike Feinberg, co-founder of KIPP, filed a defamation lawsuit against the national charter network Thursday in a bid to force the organization to turn over information to rebut the sexual assault and harassment allegations that led to his…

    Mike Feinberg, co-founder of KIPP, filed a defamation lawsuit against the national charter network Thursday in a bid to force the organization to turn over information to rebut the sexual assault and harassment allegations that led to his…

    Jul 17, 2019
    Goodbye to First Pasadena State Bank. And to an era. [Opinion]

    First Pasadena State Bank, the only skyscraper in Pasadena, Texas, is scheduled to implode at 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 21. That breaks my heart. In 1963, the year it was built, a bank could be the heart of a town, something to be proud of. First…

    First Pasadena State Bank, the only skyscraper in Pasadena, Texas, is scheduled to implode at 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 21. That breaks my heart. In 1963, the year it was built, a bank could be the heart of a town, something to be proud of. First…

    First Pasadena State Bank, the only skyscraper in Pasadena, Texas, is scheduled to implode at 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 21. That breaks my heart. In 1963, the year it was built, a bank could be the heart of a town, something to be proud of. First…

    May 30, 2019
    Calling all space nerds for the official Mission Moon coloring contest and geek-out

    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by bringing this space scene — drawn by staff artist Ken Ellis — to life with vivid colors. Old enough to remember the Moon landing? Young enough to think that Buzz Aldrin is an energy…

    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by bringing this space scene — drawn by staff artist Ken Ellis — to life with vivid colors. Old enough to remember the Moon landing? Young enough to think that Buzz Aldrin is an energy…

    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by bringing this space scene — drawn by staff artist Ken Ellis — to life with vivid colors. Old enough to remember the Moon landing? Young enough to think that Buzz Aldrin is an energy…

    May 12, 2019
    It is a Houstonian's duty to hate bad tacos

    On Twitter this morning, I saw this dreadful post: These tacos are packed with nutrient-dense broccoli and comforting potatoes for a satisfying meal that comes together in just 45 minutes https://t.co/22KPoYWmgg pic.twitter.com/pvUQ2ZVpRK — The New…

    On Twitter this morning, I saw this dreadful post: These tacos are packed with nutrient-dense broccoli and comforting potatoes for a satisfying meal that comes together in just 45 minutes https://t.co/22KPoYWmgg pic.twitter.com/pvUQ2ZVpRK — The New…

    On Twitter this morning, I saw this dreadful post: These tacos are packed with nutrient-dense broccoli and comforting potatoes for a satisfying meal that comes together in just 45 minutes https://t.co/22KPoYWmgg pic.twitter.com/pvUQ2ZVpRK — The New…

    May 10, 2019
    How did Harvey change the way Houstonians react to floods?

    On Facebook, as parts of Houston were flooding and the forecast called for more rain, I asked how Hurricane Harvey changed their reaction to floods. Here, lightly edited, are some of their responses. — Lisa Gray Lisa McFarland: I shift into…

    On Facebook, as parts of Houston were flooding and the forecast called for more rain, I asked how Hurricane Harvey changed their reaction to floods. Here, lightly edited, are some of their responses. — Lisa Gray Lisa McFarland: I shift into…

    On Facebook, as parts of Houston were flooding and the forecast called for more rain, I asked how Hurricane Harvey changed their reaction to floods. Here, lightly edited, are some of their responses. — Lisa Gray Lisa McFarland: I shift into…

    Bidding for a piece of NASA’s glory days: Collectors adapt in quest for rare space memorabilia

    MISSION MOON: Nearly 50 years have passed since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. Our special Apollo 50 anniversary coverage explores how the country came together to fulfill President John F. Kennedy’s goal…

    MISSION MOON: Nearly 50 years have passed since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. Our special Apollo 50 anniversary coverage explores how the country came together to fulfill President John F. Kennedy’s goal…

    MISSION MOON: Nearly 50 years have passed since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. Our special Apollo 50 anniversary coverage explores how the country came together to fulfill President John F. Kennedy’s goal…

    Apr 17, 2019
    St. Peter reborn: A gay black preacher and his diverse congregation merge with one of Houston’s oldest white churches

    A few weeks ago, deep in a sermon and full of Jesus, the Rev. Leslie Jackson popped a button off his black robe. It was a wonder he hadn’t done it before. Jackson’s style is riveting, but given that he’s a black preacher in the South, it’s not…

    A few weeks ago, deep in a sermon and full of Jesus, the Rev. Leslie Jackson popped a button off his black robe. It was a wonder he hadn’t done it before. Jackson’s style is riveting, but given that he’s a black preacher in the South, it’s not…

    A few weeks ago, deep in a sermon and full of Jesus, the Rev. Leslie Jackson popped a button off his black robe. It was a wonder he hadn’t done it before. Jackson’s style is riveting, but given that he’s a black preacher in the South, it’s not…

    What really blows God's hair back: Highlights from Bob Goff's talk in Houston

    Bob Goff, the very funny author of the best-selling book "Everybody Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People," spoke Thursday morning at the annual Greater Houston Prayer Breakfast, held at the downtown Hilton Americas.…

    Bob Goff, the very funny author of the best-selling book "Everybody Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People," spoke Thursday morning at the annual Greater Houston Prayer Breakfast, held at the downtown Hilton Americas.…

    Bob Goff, the very funny author of the best-selling book "Everybody Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People," spoke Thursday morning at the annual Greater Houston Prayer Breakfast, held at the downtown Hilton Americas.…

    Mar 29, 2019
    Zoroastrian ‘fire temple’ opens in Houston

    On a typical-looking stretch of southwest Houston — down the street from Kwik Kar Lube and Storage Choice, across from a privacy fence hiding cookie-cutter McMansions — a Zoroastrian fire temple opened last week: a brand-new, sparkling-white place…

    On a typical-looking stretch of southwest Houston — down the street from Kwik Kar Lube and Storage Choice, across from a privacy fence hiding cookie-cutter McMansions — a Zoroastrian fire temple opened last week: a brand-new, sparkling-white place…

    On a typical-looking stretch of southwest Houston — down the street from Kwik Kar Lube and Storage Choice, across from a privacy fence hiding cookie-cutter McMansions — a Zoroastrian fire temple opened last week: a brand-new, sparkling-white place…

    Mar 22, 2019
    100 years with Unity of Houston, the church with the golden pyramid

    Yes, Unity of Houston's landmark building -- that golden pyramid out near Hillcroft, a giddy relic of oil-boom mysticism -- is maybe the most 1970s building in the city. But in fact, the church's roots go much deeper: On Sunday, March 24, Unity will…

    Yes, Unity of Houston's landmark building -- that golden pyramid out near Hillcroft, a giddy relic of oil-boom mysticism -- is maybe the most 1970s building in the city. But in fact, the church's roots go much deeper: On Sunday, March 24, Unity will…

    Yes, Unity of Houston's landmark building -- that golden pyramid out near Hillcroft, a giddy relic of oil-boom mysticism -- is maybe the most 1970s building in the city. But in fact, the church's roots go much deeper: On Sunday, March 24, Unity will…

    Mar 20, 2019
    Cardinal DiNardo expected to make full recovery from stroke

    After suffering a mild stroke, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo was discharged from St. Joseph's Hospital on Wednesday and has entered a rehabilitation program expected to last two weeks. "Based on recent trends, doctors expect the cardinal to make a full…

    After suffering a mild stroke, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo was discharged from St. Joseph's Hospital on Wednesday and has entered a rehabilitation program expected to last two weeks. "Based on recent trends, doctors expect the cardinal to make a full…

    After suffering a mild stroke, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo was discharged from St. Joseph's Hospital on Wednesday and has entered a rehabilitation program expected to last two weeks. "Based on recent trends, doctors expect the cardinal to make a full…

    Mar 19, 2019
    'It made sense to build this temple in Houston': Zoroastrians to open first in U.S.

    Zoroastrians -- people who practice one of the world's oldest religions -- will open their first full-fledged U.S. temple on Saturday in southwest Houston. The Atash Kadeh Temple at 8787 W. Airport Blvd. will be the first American temple able to…

    Zoroastrians -- people who practice one of the world's oldest religions -- will open their first full-fledged U.S. temple on Saturday in southwest Houston. The Atash Kadeh Temple at 8787 W. Airport Blvd. will be the first American temple able to…

    Zoroastrians -- people who practice one of the world's oldest religions -- will open their first full-fledged U.S. temple on Saturday in southwest Houston. The Atash Kadeh Temple at 8787 W. Airport Blvd. will be the first American temple able to…

    St. Martin’s Episcopal breaks ground on $55 million expansion

    At a time when many mainline Protestant churches in the U.S. are hemorrhaging members and struggling to stay afloat, St. Martin’s Episcopal, already the nation’s largest Episcopal church, is breaking ground on a $55 million expansion and renovation…

    At a time when many mainline Protestant churches in the U.S. are hemorrhaging members and struggling to stay afloat, St. Martin’s Episcopal, already the nation’s largest Episcopal church, is breaking ground on a $55 million expansion and renovation…

    At a time when many mainline Protestant churches in the U.S. are hemorrhaging members and struggling to stay afloat, St. Martin’s Episcopal, already the nation’s largest Episcopal church, is breaking ground on a $55 million expansion and renovation…

    ‘This vote was about me’: After a Methodist fight over LGBT issues, Houston-area churches face turmoil

    On Tuesday the United Methodist Church’s governing body narrowly voted to continue banning same-sex weddings and openly gay clergy, and to toughen the penalties for clergy who break those rules. Now, with the 12 million-member denomination teetering…

    On Tuesday the United Methodist Church’s governing body narrowly voted to continue banning same-sex weddings and openly gay clergy, and to toughen the penalties for clergy who break those rules. Now, with the 12 million-member denomination teetering…

    On Tuesday the United Methodist Church’s governing body narrowly voted to continue banning same-sex weddings and openly gay clergy, and to toughen the penalties for clergy who break those rules. Now, with the 12 million-member denomination teetering…

    Feb 27, 2019
    Mindfulness for third-graders? Meditation, yoga help kids ward off anxiety and depression

    Frequently, Sally Munoz, a third-grade teacher at Duchesne Academy in Houston, asks her students to pause for a moment of mindfulness. Sometimes she tells them to focus on the way they’re sitting. Other times, they pay attention to their breath. Or…

    Frequently, Sally Munoz, a third-grade teacher at Duchesne Academy in Houston, asks her students to pause for a moment of mindfulness. Sometimes she tells them to focus on the way they’re sitting. Other times, they pay attention to their breath. Or…

    Frequently, Sally Munoz, a third-grade teacher at Duchesne Academy in Houston, asks her students to pause for a moment of mindfulness. Sometimes she tells them to focus on the way they’re sitting. Other times, they pay attention to their breath. Or…

    Feb 26, 2019
    Joel Osteen produces 'Jesus: His Life' for History channel

    "Jesus: His Life" — a high-production-value documentary about the life of Jesus — will begin airing March 25 on the History channel. Among its executive producers is Joel Osteen, pastor of Houston's Lakewood megachurch. The documentary will recount…

    "Jesus: His Life" — a high-production-value documentary about the life of Jesus — will begin airing March 25 on the History channel. Among its executive producers is Joel Osteen, pastor of Houston's Lakewood megachurch. The documentary will recount…

    "Jesus: His Life" — a high-production-value documentary about the life of Jesus — will begin airing March 25 on the History channel. Among its executive producers is Joel Osteen, pastor of Houston's Lakewood megachurch. The documentary will recount…

    Feb 23, 2019
    ‘We refuse to hide’: Sarah DePalma, transgender ‘firebrand,’ dead at 67

    Sarah DePalma, a pioneering transgender-rights activist in Houston who died recently, will be remembered at a private gathering on March 6. “She was a freedom fighter for transgender rights more than 20 years before Caitlyn Jenner came out to the…

    Sarah DePalma, a pioneering transgender-rights activist in Houston who died recently, will be remembered at a private gathering on March 6. “She was a freedom fighter for transgender rights more than 20 years before Caitlyn Jenner came out to the…

    Sarah DePalma, a pioneering transgender-rights activist in Houston who died recently, will be remembered at a private gathering on March 6. “She was a freedom fighter for transgender rights more than 20 years before Caitlyn Jenner came out to the…

    Feb 22, 2019
    Can the United Methodist Church stay united? LGBT issues may lead to a split.

    At a high-stakes gathering starting Saturday in St. Louis, the United Methodist Church’s legislative assembly will debate the place of LGBT people in the church — knowing that the outcome could lead to a split in the 12 million-member…

    At a high-stakes gathering starting Saturday in St. Louis, the United Methodist Church’s legislative assembly will debate the place of LGBT people in the church — knowing that the outcome could lead to a split in the 12 million-member…

    At a high-stakes gathering starting Saturday in St. Louis, the United Methodist Church’s legislative assembly will debate the place of LGBT people in the church — knowing that the outcome could lead to a split in the 12 million-member…