ASK HOUSTON CHEF, writer, filmmaker and activist Adán Medrano about the spiritual aspect of preparing a home-cooked meal, especially using the centuries-old recipes he enjoyed growing up in San Antonio and northern Mexico, and time seems to stop. "'There are voices in the wind. We've forgotten to listen to them,'" says Medrano quietly, sourcing a quote from the new documentary Truly Texas Mexican, which premieres March 1 on Amazon, Apple TV, Google TV and PBS stations across the country, and is inspired by his award-winning cookbook Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage. "When you cook, you are dealing with a landscape," he explains. "Once you realize your connectiveness to the land and to each other, that is spirituality."

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A LITTLE OVER two years ago, Houston multi-disciplinary artist Candice D'Meza received an unexpected phone call with the news that her estranged father, a Haitian immigrant who served in Vietnam and was absent for most of her life, was in a Brooklyn hospital, brain-dead. D'Meza flew to New York and, as the next of kin, suddenly found herself navigating "a storm of paperwork" regarding a man who she barely knew. That night, D'Meza was compelled to record what she was feeling, unfiltered, in writing.

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FIRST, THANK YOU for clicking the link and reading this first sentence. Now look up from your smartphone or shift your gaze away from laptop screen. Is there a window in the space where you are seated? Take a moment to look at, and then through, the window. What do you see? Is there potential for respite from the confines of your room, or the portent of something dangerous that is best viewed from behind the glass?

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