February 27, 2009 10:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Mary Rios
Mary is a native of Corpus Christi, but she...along with her family moved to Houston when she was barely a year old...so Houston is the only home Mary's ever known. She's the oldest of five children and has two daughters of her own so being a care-giver was early training that led to nursing. Mary says when she was a little girl and her family would visit a sick friend in the hospital she'd get excited about being around all the nurses and doctors. Mary knew early on that nursing and medicine would be her calling and she expresses that passion in her essay for KUHF's This I Believe.
February 20, 2009 10:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Michael Wen
Michael was born in Taiwan and in 1984 he, along with his parents and siblings, immigrated to New York City. That's where he went to high school and college. After graduating from Columbia University with an engineering degree, he moved to Houston for work. Among Michael's many interests is reading. Not just casual browsing...but serious, heavy-duty consumption of information. Put simply, Michael says he enjoys,"old-fashioned book learning" as he explains in his essay for KUHF's This I Believe.
February 13, 2009 10:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Stefani Twyford
Stefani and her husband have lived in Houston for the last 15 years. Prior to that, Stefani lived in several cities from Los Angeles to New York, but Houston is where she's lived the longest. Houston is also where she discovered her passion for preserving family stories and histories...as she explains in her essay for KUHF's This I Believe.
February 6, 2009 10:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Sylvia Villarreal
Sylvia moved to Houston with her husband in 1976 and in the succeeding years, has worked in public health and counseling…but writing has always been her great escape. She's a published author and an observer of human behavior. Acts of kindness are not lost on Sylvia as she explains in her essay for KUHF's This I Believe.
January 30, 2009 10:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Ann McKitrick
Ann is a native Houstonian. She and her husband are raising three teenagers…two daughters and a son. They're also active foster parents. That idea came from their oldest daughter after she included it on a Christmas gift list. Ann's first experience as a foster parent was life changing...as she describes in her essay for KUHF's "This I Believe."
January 23, 2009 10:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Dr. Gulchin Ergun
Dr. Ergun's given name is Gülchin, but everyone calls her "Gilchy." The native of Chicago and noted gastroenterologist moved to Houston 10 years ago to head-up a newly created center to treat and diagnose reflux disease. Today, she remains the Director of the Reflux Center at The Methodist Hospital and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Her life is busy, but recently discovered the value of stopping and taking time to think...simply think and reflect. And it's the focus of her essay for KUHF's "This I Believe."
January 16, 2009 10:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Laura Pennino
Laura is a native of New Orleans but has lived in Texas since 1983, most of that in Houston. Laura owns a successful public relations company in Houston and she loves the work. She also loves her life. Laura admits the joy she now celebrates only came after experiencing some pain. That's a life lesson she now acknowledges and it's the focus of her essay for KUHF's "This I Believe."
January 9, 2009 10:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Dagan Manahl
Dagan moved to Houston as a teenager and she attended the University of Houston. Today, Dagan and her husband live in the Cypress area and they are raising two daughters. Dagan's husband says she always sees the bright side of a situation and her essay is a good example of that.
January 2, 2009 8:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Stefanie Barthmare
Stefanie has lived in Houston since she was 12. She and her family moved to Houston from Long Island, New York. After college at the University of Texas she came home to get her Masters Degree at the University of Houston. Today Stefanie is a single mother of two sons and is a Psychotherapist at The Methodist Hospital. In recent years, Stefanie has done a life inventory of sorts and she shares her conclusion in her essay for KUHF's This I Believe.
December 26, 2008 8:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Allie Russo
Allie is a 16 year old sophomore at Memorial High School. She's a good student and quite an athlete. Soccer is her sport of choice however Allie's mom wishes she'd play tennis or golf...anything that is a little less dangerous. A concussion Allie sustained earlier this year and the numerous broken noses are Allie's badges of courage and a growing sense of angst for Allie's mother. In fact, overcoming those and other life challenges is the focus of Allie Russo's essay for KUHF's This I Believe.
December 19, 2008 8:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Shannon Rice
The 19 year old Houstonian is a graduate of St. John's School and is in her freshman year at Georgetown University. Both of Shannon's parents are attorneys, so law may be an academic pursuit, but at this point, she's not certain of a major. During this holiday season, Shannon believes that traditions matter and are something to be celebrated.
December 12, 2008 8:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Melody Ringo
Melody has lived in the Houston area since the mid 1970s. That's when she moved here with her family from Michigan. Now, Melody, her husband and two daughters live in Hitchcock. She works for a NASA contractor building and maintaining the International Space Station. Melody's essay expresses her long held belief that snap judgments about people are often wrong...and always incomplete.
December 5, 2008 8:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Ken Gould
For the last dozen years or so, Ken, his wife and their two children have called northwest Houston home. Ken has noticed that he's acting more and more like his own father, especially when dealing with his own teenage son. It's the "circle of life" and it's the focus of Ken's essay for KUHF's This I Believe.
November 24, 2008 7:41 pm
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Barrett von Blon
Barrett is a 15 year old sophomore at Memorial High School in Houston. Among the many school activities Barrett enjoys is tennis. It's actually something that occupies a lot of Barrett's life. He spent much of last summer attending tennis camps improving his footwork and overall game. Barrett spends a lot of time on the court and he's concluded there's an interesting comparison to the game he enjoys and the life he's living.
November 21, 2008 12:34 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Monica Enriquez
Monica is a senior at Sweeney High School where she's not only a good student but also a good athlete. After graduation, Monica wants to pursue pre-med and become an M.D. Monica is also very close to her family and despite only being 17 years old, she's developed a deep appreciation for all that she's been given, especially during this time of Thanksgiving.
November 13, 2008 4:53 pm
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Sybil Klein
Sybil was born in New Jersey but has spent most of her life in Houston. She attended Bellaire High School and the University of Houston. She became an English teacher and spent many years in the classroom. These days, Sybil spends her time writing novels, traveling with her husband and enjoying her life. A near-death experience several years ago gave her a new perspective about everything.
November 7, 2008 12:28 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Lanie Alvarez
Lanie is a native of Pittsburgh but for the last 20 years or so, she, her husband and their four children have called Pecan Grove and Richmond in Fort Bend County, home. In her essay for KUHF's This I Believe, Lanie shares a personal experience that benefitted from the innocence of the family's youngest member.
October 31, 2008 3:40 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Vivian Truong
Vivian and her family immigrated to Houston from her native Viet Nam when she was just a young girl. Today, Vivian is a Senior Financial Analyst at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Her success did not come easy and is the result of hard work. Vivian believes in personal and social responsibility and that everyone has a responsibility to themselves, their family and their country as she expresses in her essay for KUHF's This I Believe.
October 23, 2008 8:48 pm
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Sam Dominguez
Sam's life story is like something right out of a book. He was the youngest of seven children born to a family in the small Mexican town of Saltillo...north of Monterrey. Sam's family was dirt poor, but his parents taught the value of hard work and always stressed the importance of education. When he was nineteen, Sam immigrated to the Houston area. He worked in many low paying jobs...he spoke no English and says he felt the sting of poverty and racism. One day, with his three year old son in tow, Sam went to a Houston Community College campus to inquire about classes. They enrolled him on the spot. He went on to get his Associate Degree in Computer Science. He enrolled in the University of Houston and in time received a Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics. He became certified to teach and has since received his Masters in Education and Leadership. He's now a dissertation away from his Ph. D. from the University of Houston. He's also in line to become an H.I.S.D. high school principal. Sam says his interest is in helping student known as "repeaters"...those who come from challenging situations and need a little more attention than the average student. It's something he can identify with.
October 16, 2008 11:18 pm
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Beth Ebersbaker
Beth is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but when she was five years old, she and her family moved to Texas. Beth's father was an accountant and he was hired to work at the South Texas Project near Bay City in Matagorda County. A few years later, the family moved to Needville in Ft. Bend County. Beth went to high school in Needville (home of the Fighting Blue Jays) and that's where her parents still live.
October 9, 2008 9:47 pm
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Dr. Randy Birken
Dr. Birken is a gynecologist in private practice in Spring. He was born in New York. He went to school in Boston and then came to Houston in 1976 to perform his residency at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Birken's patients are the inspiration for his essay for this program. He said one night after a challenging day at work, he reflected on his patient's ability to overcome tragedies. He was moved to write this essay for KUHF's This I Believe.
October 2, 2008 4:07 pm
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Jay Smith
Jay was born in the city of Humble but his family moved to Conroe and that's where Jay was raised. After he got married, Jay and wife Valerie moved to Spring to begin their life together. They recently celebrated their five-year anniversary and hope to one day, have children of their own. Jay's essay for this program reflects his basic view of life. Put simply, Jay Smith believes in optimism — that the grass is greener approach to life — which he explains in his essay for KUHF's This I Believe.
September 25, 2008 4:35 pm
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Steve Stewart
Steve's father was in the oil business, so the family moved around a good bit while Steve was growing up, but they always considered Houston home. Today, Steve is a Public Relations executive with a downtown energy company and if you encounter Steve, he's likely to be smiling or laughing. In his essay, Steve describes his belief in the value of laughter.
September 19, 2008 2:56 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with William Berger III
Bill and his wife and three children live in Pearland. Bill works with his father in their geosciences consulting firm here in Houston. Hurricane Ike motivated Bill to write his essay about the importance of volunteering, especially during a time like these.
September 4, 2008 3:38 pm
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Ferryn Martin
For more than 23 years, Ferryn has taught U.S. History to high school students in Houston I.S.D. After all that time, she still gets excited when talking about teaching. It's clear that her profession remains a passionate priority and her students are the beneficiaries. Ferryn's passion is on display in her essay where she describes her belief in the value of opposing views.
August 29, 2008 3:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Martin Pena
Martin Pena was raised in the Aldine area of north Houston but today, he lives in Katy with his wife and two children. Martin's young son and daughter have had recent encounters with the tooth fairy and those adventures are the focus of this essay for KUHF's This I Believe.
August 22, 2008 3:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Francisca Lopez
Francisca is a native Houstonian who has come a long way from her meager beginnings. After KIPP Academy, she attended Chatham Hall, a boarding school in Virginia. This fall, Francisca will enter her sophomore year at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. She loves school and the college experience. In her essay, Francisca describes how she's also learned to truly appreciate her parents and how she's grown closer to them.
August 15, 2008 3:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Isabella Iupe
Isabella graduated St. Johns School last spring and is headed to Tulane University. Her essay pays tribute to the power of friendship and how unexpected relationships can change your life.
August 8, 2008 3:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with State Senator Rodney Ellis
Senator Ellis' public service began a generation ago while working for the late Congressman Mickey Leland. The impact of that relationship still motivates Senator Ellis today, 19 years after the Congressman's untimely death and it's the focus of the Senator's essay for KUHF's This I Believe.
August 1, 2008 3:00 am
KUHF-Houston Public Radio's "This I Believe" with Dr. Randall Urban
Dr. Urban is a professor and chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Urban believes that as good as his profession is at curing disease, it ought to be as skilled at preventing it.