Janikaa Reinhart

Janikaa Reinhart

Married mother of two elementary school aged children. Career finance professional in the not-for-profit healthcare sector, freelance writer, Houston metro enthusiast, avid gardener. Special interest in politics, community improvement, Christian apologetics, weight loss, fitness, family and traditions. Served in the U.S. Army.
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  • In Combat, Men and Women Different Enough to Have Different Rules
    Women in combat, the next frontier. Women haven't changed but some see the way wars are now fought and predicted to be fought in the future, no longer requires a distinction to be made between the sexes.
  • The Best Three Pumpkin Patches in Houston, Texas
    Pumpkin patches around Houston are plentiful, but three are worth the long drive from the city. Dewberry Farm, the Oil Ranch, and TGR Exotics offer a lot more the just pumpkin picking.
  • Great W’kana Café - the Best Indian Restaurant in the Houston Area
    The best Indian food in the Houston metro area is at the Great W’kana Café in Stafford. Chef Sunil Srivastava lets no detail escape his expert artisanship. It’s the wanton display of flavors that makes this place the best.
  • Photos: Campaign 2012: in Midtown Houston
    The lack of campaign paraphernalia in Mid-town Houston was a surprise. There are less than 3 months left until the election and one would expect to see a lot more “Obama 2012” bumper stickers. There were none found on this expedition.
  • Lolo Jones: Let Them Look, They Can’t Help It
    Lolo Jones was born with a lot of talent and good looks. Those of us who were not so blessed should to remember an important fact. She did not make herself.
  • Hobby Airport’s Best Eats
    Houston’s often-overlooked second airport offers a surprisingly strong variety of food choices.
  • Cruz Versus Dewhurst the Final Debate
    The final Cruz/Dewhurst debate was hosted by The King Street Patriots in Houston, Texas on Monday, July 23rd. Cruz came out on top by sounding new and fresh while Dewhurst seemed stale and tired.
  • Commentary: Ted Cruz Had Me at Hello
    Being fully aware that in a run-off between Republicans, the core issues will not really be issues, they will toe the line. I knew that my vote would more likely be based on gut reaction. I now plan to cast my vote swiftly and confidently for Cruz.
  • The 2008 Beijing Olympics’ Opening Ceremony is the One to Beat: A Spectator’s Ranking
    The opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics was my favorite. It was technology meets creativity. Fireworks, lighting and color brought it all to life in epic fashion.
  • Guide to the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas
    The National Museum of Funeral History is a fitting tribute to the universal and timeless arts, crafts, and customs of celebrating the life and mourning the passing of the dead. It is informative, beautiful, and captivating.
  • The Way I Love You
    A love song that needs music.
  • Public Employee Unions – Legalized Insider Trading
    The tone has been set by the recall election in Wisconsin. It is a slow and mournful funeral march for the bad idea of public employee unions.
  • Eric Holder's Fretting over Texas Voter ID Law Rings Hollow
    Voter ID laws are definitely a battlefield for political parties, but the effects they will have on actual voting will probably be minute.
  • A Shortcut to Lowering Your Cholesterol
    Although I have a high regard for standard western medicine, the lure of a quick fix for a common problem convinced me to try the homeopathic solution of using apple cider vinegar to control my chronic high cholesterol. And it worked!
  • A Patriotic 4th of July in the Bayou City
    Fireworks, barbecues and heat! That’s the 4th of July. Make it a little more memorable by doing something different. Read the Declaration of Independence. Then, after you finish your reading assignment, here are a few suggestions of other things to do.
  • An Open Letter to My Ex-Husband
    Like most divorces, mine was filled with too many of the wrong things being said. As the years have slipped away, so has the opportunity to share with the one to whom it would matter most, the revelations about love and marriage that I’ve learned.
  • DNA – Our Own Private Weight Loss Instruction Manual
    Some people believe that at least some of the way we live is controlled by our DNA. With continued advancement in genome mapping and genetic testing we may soon be able to control our destiny despite our genes, especially in the area of weight loss.
  • The Supreme Court Will Rule in Favor of Change – Either Way
    From the moment the Affordable Care Act of 2010 was signed into law, healthcare in American was changed and the effects of the law will reverberate for years to come even if it is repealed and here’s how.
  • The Daddy Circle
    Dads are very important to growing healthy children, sure they can grow just fine without them, but what they give to the process is priceless.
  • A Summer Bucket List for Houston
    Sure it’s hot, but it’s still summertime and if you’re lucky enough to be in Houston, keep yourself entertained all summer long by communing with your fellow Houstonians. If you like hanging out in a crowd of total strangers then this list is for you.
  • The Family Budget: the Savings is in the Details
    With the unpredictable nature of energy costs, paying attention to the details helped my family stick to a tight budget. We saved almost $5,000 per year after switching to an electricity rate plan that was tied to the price of natural gas.
  • Facebook – a Bend in Time
    Know your place in the universe and stay there, even if you just want to get a glimpse of the way it used to be.
  • My Boss Pays Me $20 a Week to Work Out
    Employers are looking for ways to cut the cost of health insurance for their employees. One way that is becoming popular is to offer employees incentives if they appear to be healthy. Suddenly, working out has become me part of my job.
  • The Third Reason People Vote No on Gay Marriage
    We know the first two reasons why people vote no on same sex marriage: homophobia and religion. The third reason has nothing to do with sexuality. I even suspect there are gay people who voted no for this reason. The uniqueness of the male/female union.
  • Fiat - the Best Vehicle I Ever Owned
    The best car I ever owned was a Fiat. This sentence probably sounds strange to most, but it’s true. I think you fall in love with a car the same way you fall in love with a person. You associate it with happy times and good feelings.
  • Before the Storm - My Career in the Military
    A look back at a woman’s military career before the trauma of Desert Storm. In the 1980s a career in the military was often viewed as a way to see the world and gain work experience. Today, it’s much more than that, but, some good advice still applies.

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