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School Days

Sports biggies return to the classroom with Neil Bush and hit the books to promote literacy

By Shelby Hodge

With classes now in session and National Literacy Month starting Sept. 1, what better time than now for literacy advocates to ring the school bell in promotion of reading? The Barbara Bush Houston ...


Bush cleans house

Bush cleans house: Auction items include presidential memories from 41 and 43

By Barbara Kuntz

If furniture could talk, a lot of family memories — and maybe a few presidential secrets — would come forward in an ongoing auction taking place in Houston. Sharon Bush, the former ...


Star-Packed Breakfast

One star-packed River Oaks breakfast: The mayor, seven city council members and a TV news star step up

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Center for Literacy Mayor’s Literacy Leadership Award Breakfast. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: For the third consecutive year Ellie Francisco and Le ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Barbara Bush gets an $80,000 surprise at a stunning River Oaks mansion — as cocktails do good

By Shelby Hodge

There are few, if any, homes in River Oaks lovelier than the French-flavored abode of Terri and John Havens and the couple has been more than generous in sharing their chateau splendor with numerou ...


Barbara Bush's $2.9 Million Night

George H.W. Bush raps (no, really) and the Bill Clinton bromance's examined in a $2.9 million night for reading

By Tarra Gaines

Presidential and literary stars lit up the Hobby Center for A Celebration of Reading, the annual benefit for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. With Barbara Bush opening the celebra ...


Points of Light

Former President Bush honors Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale for volunteer efforts

By Elizabeth Rhodes

On Monday, Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale was honored with the Daily Point of Light Award from the Points of Light Foundation — founded by former President George ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A hot comic leaves 'em laughing at star-studded George Bush Presidential Library bash

By Shelby Hodge

Known for his good-natured imitation on Saturday Night Live of former President George H.W. Bush, comedian Dana Carvey rocked the packed ballroom at The Houstonian as three generations of the Bush ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Another Bush in the White House? Enthusiastic, big money Houston audience hopes it's true

By Shelby Hodge

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush might be demuring on his thoughts about running for president in 2016 but there were those in the enthusiastic audience at the Salvation Army Annual Luncheon ...


Bush's Sea Rescue

Good deed: The inside story on how Neil Bush rescued family stranded on high seas

By Shelby Hodge

To hear Neil Bush tell it, his rescue of a stranded New England family in the waters off the coast of Maine was nothing more than what any seafaring gentleman would have done in a similar situation ...


George H.W, Bush is frisky

Barbara Bush reveals an unexpected marital woe in a $2.1 million night for reading: Can't contain the sock man

By Tarra Gaines

Barbara Bush may have stepped down as the chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and into an honorary role, but her humor and drive certainly remain a guiding influence over the f ...


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