This book includes an introduction by Dr Stephen L Klineberg, Rice University Sociology Professor and Co-Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research about the ways Houston exemplifies this philosophy. Twenty essays come from every sector: business, commerce, education, medicine-and many more. They include religious leaders like Rabbi Samuel Karff, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel and faculty member at The McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Medical School; civic and literacy champions like former first lady Andrea White; and other Houstonians whose impact emanates from their service to others. Leading by example, they have helped Houston preserve a strong sense of community, philanthropy and positive energy as it has grown from a small Southern town to a thriving, international metropolis. They exemplify the idea that the world is not about "I" or "you" but the togetherness of we.
Laurence Larry Payne has more than thirty years of experience in public service, education, and not-for-profit leadership. He has served as president and CEO of Houston Habitat for Humanity and as chairman of the Education Foundation of Harris County. He has held positions in city, state, and congressional government, including stints as district director for Congressmen Mickey Leland and Chris Bell, deputy city controller under former Houston Controller George Grenias, and director of Houston City Council's agenda under former Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire. He has received the Knights of St. Peter Claver Justice awarda a national honora for outstanding community service."
Chapter 1 The Neighbor Nation a historical and geography overview of the countryChapter 2 A Walk in Time Ethan and his young friend take a walking tour of Mexico CityChapter 3 Magic in Mexico Visits to national wonders the butterfly forest of Rosario and the floating gardens of Xochimilco, which lead to ecological and environmental discussions and activitiesChapter 4 The Past is the Present A trip to two ancient civilization sites of Teotihaucan and the Mayan Chichen Itza ruinsChapter 5 Coast to Coast A fun overview of the different coastal cultures in Mexico as our soccer players continue on a trip to the Maya Riviera and CozumelChapter 6 Sport Si! Back to Mexico City to talk sports specifically soccer and the traditional and fun sport of Lucha Libre wrestlingChapter 7 Adios Ethan and his friend say goodbye, exchange gifts, generate a give back charity project and talk about the next Soccer World Adventure! Glossary