November-December 2013

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Knowing What To Do When A Friend is Suicidal

The University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center recently completed a very successful Suicide Prevention Week campaign.

City Folks Just Don’t Get It

You may have seen or heard of the on-line dating service named They have TV commercials. Lots on RFD-TV. You know, with Ma and Pa holding the pitchfork?

Cork Food and Drink

Some restaurants belie their surroundings, and Cork, in the heart of Tyler, is no exception. Located in the same vicinity as Times Square Cinema and Double Dave’s Pizza, Cork offers exceptional appetizers, entrees — both for dinner and brunch — and drinks not commonly found at other establishments.

Things Artisanal

The other day I picked up some “artisanal” lettuce at WalMart. It was a little assortment of different kinds of lettuce packed tightly in a clear plastic cube. Naturally, it cost a little more than plain, non-artisanal lettuce. The lettuce tasted pretty much like lettuce, and I got to thinking about what “artisanal” might mean, especially when it comes to lettuce. (I also got to thinking about how to pronounce “artisanal.” There are a number of candidates, but I the one I vote for is ar-TIS-sanal.)

Marlow Releases New Book In “Minister Wanted” Series

Author Herb Marlow has just released the third installment of his “Minister Wanted” novel series with the newest book entitled, “Minister Wanted: Wichita Falls.”

Broscoff Takes “The Break” With Release of Third Album

Cedar Creek Lake native TJ Broscoff’s new album, “The Break,” is newly released and includes a Texas Music Chart Top 30 single, “This Is The Moment.”

Beyond Glory is Lang’s Labor of Love

An intense mix of cerebral cool and red-blooded bravado, Stephen Lang’s physique and chiseled jaw have parlayed him into one of Hollywood’s most memorable character actors.

New Tyler Shopping Village Set To Open Next Year

The Village at Cumberland Park held a groundbreaking ceremony recently. More than 700,000 square feet of new retail and entertainment space is coming into Tyler at the northeast corner of South Broadway Avenue and Loop 49.

Winnsboro Emporium Moves To New Downtown Location

The Winnsboro Emporium, the only full-time fine art gallery and custom frame shop in Winnsboro, has moved to 212 Market Street in the city’s downtown district.

Geddie’s Book Recounts Battle Against Depression

East Texas-based writer Tom Geddie looks at his personal duel with depression – and how he’s come out on top – in his newest book, the memoir “Reasons of My Own: Life after a Death Wish.”

Bleeding Edge

Few novelists have the paradoxical ability to make readers feel smart and stupid at the same time. Thomas Pynchon has been pulling off this virtuoso feat for several decades, especially since the publication of Gravity’s Rainbow, his watershed masterpiece, which, quite honestly, he never topped. His most recent work, Bleeding Edge, examines the early 21st century, from the burst of the dot com bubble to the horrifying events of September 11

Tis the Season... To Combat Stress

The holidays are rapidly approaching, it is time to take a big, deep breath and come up with a game plan to help bring true peace and joy to the remainder of your year. I would like to say that I have a magical cure for eliminating the stress that comes along with such a busy season, but the best I can do is share some reflective observations that I have made over the years.

This is a 71 Year Old Male

I have before me the report describing an upper GI endoscopy I recently underwent. It’s quite informative and even entertaining. It is narrated in surprisingly human terms. It turns out I was coughing throughout the procedure which made it “more difficult,” the doctor reported

Film About Camp Fannin Now In Production Stage

AF Productions has begun work on a documentary film about Camp Fannin, a military camp established in Tyler from 1943 to 1946.

Gallery, Marketing Projects Capture State Awards

Gallery Main Street’s 6x6@110 project was named a finalist in the Best Promotional Event category of the 2013 Texas Downtown Association (TDA) President’s Awards Program.

Home Organization is Important in Creating a Better Functioning/Stress-Free Environment

Single Tickets On Sale For Piney Woods Events

Single tickets to all remaining Piney Woods Fine Arts Association events are now on sale. PWFAA is presenting a jam-packed, star-studded 23rd season with a variety of exciting shows, including Tony-award winning Broadway musicals, Hollywood comedians, country music legends and more.

November/December Poetry

Children’s Theatre Contest Entry Deadline Approaches

The deadline for the ArtsView Children’s Theatre PATHS (Performing Arts Theatre School) 2013-2014 Playwright Contest is coming up on Nov. 15.

Marketing, Hotel Law Seminar Offered

The Wood County Industrial Commission is hosting a seminar on Nov. 4 of interest to owners of hotel and lodging businesses.

Spring Hill Area Renewal Project Is Completed

Improvements have come to Longview neighborhoods in the Spring Hill area as part of the RENEW! (Resources Enriching Neighborhoods through Empowerment Works) Longview initiative.

In The Kitchen with Beth Brown

Workforce And Economic Summit Set For Nov. 6

Pinecrest Country Club in Longview will be the site of a Workforce and Economic Summit event.

Tyler Activates New Crosswalk System

The city of Tyler has activated the first Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon controlled crosswalk in East Texas to enhance the safety of pedestrians crossing at Old Omen Road to the University of Texas at Tyler.

UT Tyler Pharmacy College, Building Acquire Names

The University of Texas at Tyler has completed the final step to establish a much-anticipated college of pharmacy in East Texas. At its Aug. 22 meeting, the UT Board of Regents officially created the college, which is to be named the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy in acknowledgement of a generous contribution from the Ben and Maytee Fisch Family Foundation.

East Texas’ Groom Still Tickling Ivories

Tyler native and keyboard wizard Lynn Groom is a respected fixture of the Texas and national music scene for more than 40 years now. He’s showcased his unique style of “Cat House Ivories” (also the name of one of his CDs) to a virtual “who’s who” of music and entertainment legends. Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Andy Warhol, Dudley Moore, and even Walter Cronkite are just a few who’ve been entertained by him.

The Word is Out About the Bigsbys

In 2010, Alex Smith, at 29, surveyed the Texas music scene, saw a void, mapped out an album, three men joined him, and the Bigsbys began

Couple Brings Class to Goat Creamery

The beautiful city of Longview is known for many things. Aside from being a major hub of East Texas, it is the go-to destination for hundreds and thousands of tourists. And now there is even one more reason: freshly-made cheese from Haute Goat Creamery.

McConaughey in Two New Movies

Upper East Side of Texas native Matthew McConaughey has two Oscar-buzz roles in inspired-by-true-stories films this fall.

Forest Whitaker Is Getting Oscar Buzz

Lee Daniels’ The Butler, though its structure suggests more of a who’s who of American presidents, explores early civil rights actions, and catapults Longview, Texas native Forest Whitaker to the forefront of worthy Academy Award Best Actor winners.

Paul Michael Launches Online

The Lake Village, Arkansas, company, with retail stores also in Canton and Monre and Lafayette, Louisiana, recently launched its brand new website and online store.

Craftsman Captures History

A photograph captures a memory, preserving a perfect place in time. Akin to bottling the sound of laughter, it holds fast a burst of beauty that has inevitably faded into the ether.

Meaningful Holiday Gifts Await Shoppers in Edom

As an artists community for more than 40 years, Edom is a great place to spend a few shopping hours to find hand-crafted functional art as well as antiques, clothing, and other gift items. Many of the downtown shops are open seven days a week.

Wilhite Lights Up East Texas

Wilhite Landscape, in business since 1983, not only designs professional landscapes, but they also have a Christmas Décor franchise providing holiday decorating and design services for East Texas homes and businesses each year.

Best Seats on the Planet for Star Gazing

During the clear, crisp nights of winter, there is no better time to bundle up and head outdoors to take in the spectacular star-dotted skies of the Upper East Side of Texas. Because the atmosphere during colder weather is usually calm, the stars at night appear even brighter than normally seen during the more turbulent summer.

Visit Texarkana for Art, History, and More

A recent visit to Texarkana made me wonder why I hadn’t made this staycation trip before and it certainly sealed the deal for a return trip soon. It was also the perfect mid-way spot to meet friends from Little Rock.

“The Polar Express” Train Excursion Starts Nov. 15

The Texas State Railroad is inviting people to wear their pajamas and jump on board for a magical trip to the North Pole.

Artist Daniela Matchael

The theme of returning to first loves is a common one. For some time after Daniela Matchael got away from that, she tried one thing after another.

The Legends of Crossroads Show Wild West History

A real love for the “Old West” and keeping that spirit alive are qualities shared by a group of men and women from Winnsboro who delight in re-enacting living history for all to enjoy. The Legends of Crossroads represent the two crossing roads where the town of Winnsboro began in the early 1850’s. This non-profit group is made up of players who are all members of the Reenactment Guild of America.

Church and State Agree On Furniture

Smooth, hand-sanded, Appalachian hardwood pew ends stacked high waiting for custom bench seats welcome visitors to Hall Furniture‘s work shop in Henderson, Texas. The company has produced custom church and courthouse pieces since 1939.

Space Artist’s Work is Displayed

Born and raised under the wide open skies of Greenville, Texas, Pat Rawlings gained an appreciation of art and science at an early age.

Richard Bowden is “America’s Most Famous Unknown Entertainer”

Richard Bowden admits to, once upon a time, in the wee hours of the morning, walking into the lobby of a Washington hotel nude except for the shaving cream on his face.

Edgewood Heritage Festival Offers Day Of Shows, Crafts, Local History

The Edgewood Heritage Festival is marking its 37th year as one of the premier annual festivals in Northeast Texas. The 2013 festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 9 at the Heritage Park Museum of East Texas and downtown Edgewood, which is located on US Highway 80, 50 miles east of Dallas and 50 miles west of Tyler. Admission to the festival is free.