September 2011

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When I Was Seventeen

Wash Some Green Into Your Laundry

Hand Differences Don’t Stop Kids from Doing What They Love

Katie Butts watched her three-year-old son run around the pool, enjoying the East Texas summer. As he went swimming with his younger sister Ellie, Katie started to think of what life would be like if Will wasn’t a quad-congenital amputee.

Swamp

I Believe

How to Write a Poem for Your Wife

September 2011 BOOKMARKS

The Old Firehouse in Edom Prepares for Concerts

Artist Edgar Sotelo Captures the Cowboy Way

Edgar Sotelo wears a cowboy hat. He rides with ranchmen, eats at the chuck wagon and sleeps under the stars, but while the rest of the cowboys fix fences, Edgar takes out his paintbrush.

The Captain’s Castle is a Great Jefferson Getaway

The first time somebody asked me to stay at a B&B instead of a hotel I said, “No way, I like my privacy.” But my arm got twisted a few years back and it just took one time to get me hooked. Every single host family I have stayed with has given me as much privacy as I wanted, I could come and go as I wanted, and then when I felt like it I could join them and other guests for breakfast or a visit in a favorite room of some pretty spectacular homes. Captain’s Castle Bed & Breakfast Inn in Jefferson is no exception.

New Adventures Await in a Galaxy Not So Far Away

Since 1963 thousands of school children have boarded yellow school buses packed in seats two-by-two for a field trip to the Hudnall Planetarium at Tyler Junior College (TJC). Once inside the small mysterious dome they watched as the projector showed them the stars in the heavens.

Dirje Smith Balances Counseling Career with Music

For Dirje Smith, there’s a clear — if somewhat invisible, perhaps — link between playing cello with a wide variety of other musicians and, in her counseling career, helping people find their own bliss, their own place in life.

Potters Brown Celebrates Forty Years in Edom

When Doug Brown opened his Potters Brown shop in 1971 in Edom, many long-time residents weren’t sure what to make of the arts and crafts folks beginning to settle in the small, rural community.

Whisenhunt Center Opens to Support the Visual and Performing Arts

With a bit of help from fellow Gladewater High School alum Ron Gage, Joan Sturkie has given the city a privately owned civic center primed to promote and support the visual and performing arts, community activities, professional organizations, business and civic groups, and special events.

September 2011 GRITS & GOURMET

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