Paige Moore | Writing Samples

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A Binge-Watching Menu to Get You Through the Winter

These dinner-and-a-movie pairings don’t even require that you put on pants.

DEAR HOUSTON, Sorry about this crap winter you’re having. No frosty windowpanes, no need for fuzzy sweaters, nothing to inspire hot beverages in earthenware mugs.

Don’t let it get you down.

A winter without ice storms is a winter without breaks in your internet service! You’ve survived the chaos of November and overstimulation of December. Reward yourself with a solid stretch of curated dining and entertainment. Quash your troubles with a consuming narrative. Don’t even bother putting on pants. We are living in civilized times and our nation’s finest victuals are delivered to our door by order of a smartphone apps. Microwave popcorn and pizza? Please. You’re better than that.

Here are some choice streaming and dining pairings that should keep you emotionally and gastronomically satiated for hours.

 
 
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Eric Maddox Interview

Reviewit Magazine | June 2013

On the dusk­-lit patio of the Goose’s Acre, overlooking the Woodland’s Waterway, on the eve of the Kiwanis Prayer Breakfast where he was scheduled as the keynote speaker, famed military interrogator, Eric Maddox, allowed us to ask the questions.

We did not discuss the upcoming movie rendition of his book, “Mission: Blacklist,” or how he feels about being played by actor Robert Pattinson, a.k.a “Edward,” the sultry do­-gooder vampire in the Twilight series. We barely even touched his most publicized achievement, the capture of Saddam Hussein. What Eric Maddox really likes to talk about is getting people to talk.

“I’ve done 2700 interrogations. Some are so easy! They start talking as soon as I walk in the door­ they want to tell me everything. With others it’s a psychological game of chess. Every human is different.”

But what if a trained interrogator was captured, and questioned? Maddox pauses, thoughtful. “I could avoid breaking," he speculates, "but trained interrogators know how to evaluate you, see where you’re unguarded. We all break.”

 
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RARE FOODS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: GOLDEN GRAIN 

Houstonia Gastronaut Blog | January 2017

“YOU CAN TAKE PICTURES, YES. NOT TODAY.”

Svetlana is smiling politely as she thrusts her arm toward a patch of bare shelf in the back of the Golden Grain Russian deli and store.  She is shaking her head and saying “too much work,” referring to all of the cooking and baking to be completed before the Russian Orthodox celebration of Christmas Eve, January 7.

I gently insist that there is still plenty to see; she reluctantly agrees and after showing me her vast collection of salami, cheeses, blintzes and cakes, makes her exit without explanation. The rows of shelves in the modestly-sized shop are stuffed with items straight out of a fairytale: Chocolates wrapped in colorful foils to look like matryoshka dolls; digestive biscuits decorated with vines and leaves; glass bottles of tangy, Armenian pomegranate wine in the shapes of fish, bears and violins.

“You just need one glass of this pomegranate wine and you’re going to be able to play the violin,” jokes Robert, husband of Svetlana and co-owner of the store, smiling from behind an impressive mustache.

Passionate about changing lives: Dr. Fayaz brings expert neurosurgical care close to home

Reviewit Magazine | January 2013

Dr. Fayaz has the gift of the inward smile: the one that can be sensed even over the phone. He’s passionate about what he does, positive, and most importantly, dedicatedto the mental and emotional state of those in his care as well as those feeling the shockwaves of life-changing events brought about by brain and spinal cord conditions. 

“People don’t choose to have these diseases and the effects can be devastating. You can’t teach compassion- I just feel that I’ve always had it. You have to be in touch with the human side and balance medical competence with compassion."

 
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What's up with athens? A look at the current situation and tips that might save your trip

NileGuide.com | December 2010

Wednesday and Thursdaythere were nationwide strikes and demonstrations in Athens. The local news is flush with photographs of street battles between police and demonstrators, the underlying stories filled with details about black-masked, gasoline bomb-throwing rioters and air thick with tear gas “sending Christmas shoppers fleeing…” (Athens News.)

Although recent Athens Local Flavor blog posts I’ve written address the usual magic of Christmas in Athens, this Christmas is a bitter time for many Athenians who are angry with extreme money-pinching measures taken by elected officials, such as slashing salaries, pension cuts, massive layoffs and substantial increases in taxes. The unemployment rate has reached 12% and is as high as 30% in the 18-30 year-old age demographic: this is according to an article I read in Athens Plus, an excellent English speaking newspaper that folded earlier this month along with a number of other Greek publications, upscale restaurants, and countless small businesses. The bleak outlook for the young and educated in Greece, the infuriated working class who are feeling the deepest cuts: the fuse has been lit in a people famously distrustful of government even in the best of times.

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Southern Comfort: How Kathryn Stockett and Tate Taylor, author and director of "The Help," used their roots to spread their branches

Reviewit Magazine | December 2012

"I'm not here to share some global message or certainly not to teach anybody a lesson. I don't have an MFA or a PHD. In my circle, PHD stands for “Pretty Heavy Drinker” and you get it in bourbon or vodka.”
That was how Kathryn Stockett, bestselling author of “The Help,” started her address to a crowd of 1200, a record setter for the annual Signature Author Series, put on by the John Cooper School of the Woodlands. Gathered in the ballroom of the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel on a sun­washed November morning, the attendees were indelibly treated to a recreation of1960’s Americana, Southern style. A candy­apple red Chevy Bel Air occupied the area just under the stage. Wildflowers in Crisco cans served as centerpieces. Gospel and doo­wop blared over the speakers and the chairs circling each table were dressed in the smart, gray and white uniforms made famous in the Oscar­nominated film version of the book, written and directed by Tate Taylor, a friend of Mrs. Stockett’s since childhood and co­headliner of the luncheon.

Stockett gave her account of how she and Tate first met:

"One day a little boy showed up on the playground crying his eyes out because he was missing his mama. So I took the biggest rock I could find and I threw it at him, and that took his mind off of missing his mama. And we've been best friends ever since."

 
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The Delicious Stink of Greece's Independence

NileGuide.com | March 2011

The Greek Revolution from the Ottomans started with a series of insurgence fighting, mostly from wild-eyed mountain men with the handlebar mustaches called “Kleftes.” The official, legendary start date is March 25, 1821, when Bishop Germanos of Patras raised a flag on Agia Lavra in Kalavryta (Kal-AH’-vree-ta) and shouted “Freedom or Death!!”
Remember reading about the famous once-weekly parade of Evzones? How it stirs the heart of a patriot? The National Day Parade is a turbo powered blender. Every man who’s ever served in the military will march in uniform, even if “marching” requires a wheelchair. Blue and white flags are waved, people cheer, the band plays, and in better economic times they would even roll out the tanks while jets flew overhead.

 
 
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Destination Mound Town (Hermann Park Train Tunnel)

A little bit Wonkatania, a little bit pink elephant. 

Atlasobscura.com | June 2017

When the Hermann Park Conservancy rebuilt the tunnel in 2009, it was slated for some kind of mural. Something to awe and inspire. Something that wouldn’t leave quite so much to the imagination to induce that sense of wonder. The park prepared to celebrate its centennial in 2014 by inviting several artists to build temporary installations for a year-long event called “Art in the Park.” Local art superstar, Trenton Doyle Hancock, was given the honor of transforming the tunnel for the next generation of passengers.

 

Davelis Cave on Pendeli Mountain

Hideout of thieves, monks, and goat-footed gods 

Atlasobscura.com | September 2010

One of the most mysterious places in Athens is rarely ever visited. This is in part because there is so much superstition surrounding the mountainside of Pendeli that even modern people are hesitant to explore it. 

Pendeli Mountain is historically important because it’s where the marble for the Parthenon was quarried. The stone was then moved down to the city with an intricate network of carts and pulleys, and you can still see the tracks today!

But the most fascinating thing about the mountain is certainly Davelis Cave, named for the nineteenth-century brigand named Davelis. His band used this cave as a hideout, and legend has it that there was a maze of tunnels there which could take him all the way to the mansion of his lover—reputedly a French Duchess living in the village of Pendeli. (Unfortunately, this legend is not true.)

 

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