SUNDAY July 26, 2020
Many people struggle with the new way of life the pandemic brought us. No one knows exactly how long the COVID-19 virus will cycle through our society, but it is here now and doesn’t show any signs of leaving for quite some time. When it does leave, we will be forever changed, and we’ll create new ways to socialize and have a good time. Remember the Roaring Twenties followed the pandemic of 2018-19 with economic prosperity and the rise of creativity, jazz music, and lots of dancing.

Large event coordinators all over the region are cancelling this years’ activities and some already into the spring of 2021. It is what it is. Grieve the loss as you will and accept the reality of our current situation.

There’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy ourselves in the world as we know it now. Instead of large events, think of other ways to have fun. Zoom parties continue to be a growing trend. Live streaming events are enjoyed one or more times a week in many households and in business venues with social distancing. Innovative solutions like these are keeping many in the swing of things.

When going out, remember to MDH — Mask, Distance, Hand sanitize. There are so many things we can do and still abide by these important precautions for the safety of all. A couple of socialization experts offer a few ideas in this article, How To Have Summer Fun Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Stay away from crowds and enjoy simple pleasures — get your creative juices going for fun things to do. Discover a world of safe adventures in the Upper East Side of Texas. Enjoy our extensive library on our website . If you aren't already signed up for a free subscription to the  COUNTY LINE WEEKLY  you can do that HERE.
"Girl in the Window" by Maureen Killaby from Lindale, Texas. See more of her work on
​Donna Page enjoys creating art using many different mediums to capture an essence of a place, time, or feeling.

“I enjoy conveying the feeling and inspiration of what you see,” she says, rather than just the structure or mechanics of the scene.

She was born and raised in Dallas and moved to the Upper East Side of Texas with her husband, Paul, in 2010. They live in a beautiful and unique home, which also includes her art studio, on Lake Bob Sandlin near Winnsboro.

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Most people are probably familiar with the word aromatherapy, but, what does it mean? Aromatherapy is the practice of using plant materials (essential oils) to improve overall wellbeing. Besides using oils for the aroma benefits, there are advantages to applying essential oils directly on the skin. Summer Smith with Yama Yoga in Canton gives us a bit of information in this article from the County Line archives.

Life on the Farm is Kinda Laid Back
Greer Farm in Daingerfield, Texas, is a great getaway for those looking to experience real farm life and more. They raise vegetables and herbs, hay, fruit and berries, flowers, pine timber and cattle, sheep, pigs, and chickens. They offer overnight cabins, canoeing, a sandy beach, and more. Call (903) 645-3232 for reservations and learn more on .
Gone But Not Forgotten
On July 29, 1862, the cowboy "poet laureate," Lysius Gough, was born in Lamar County. He was a man of diverse talents and interests. 

In 1876, at the age of 14, he ran away from home and got his first job as a cowboy for B.L. Murphy, who ran cattle in Hopkins and Hunt counties. Then he punched cattle on several drives and earned the nickname "Parson" at the T Anchor Ranch because he never swore.

In the mid-1880s Gough obtained his teaching certificate and became principal of Pilot Point Institute, Pilot Point, Texas. During this time he also published his first book of cowboy verse,  Western Travels and Other Rhymes and in 1935 he published  Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs .

The last poem by Gough was still scrolled in the typewriter when he was found dead in his home in 1940. It was entitled "Gone." 

The Old T-Anchor Ranch is gone, and with it the open range,
No more we’ll ride the plains alone, there’s been a mighty change.

No more we’ll round the circle wide, in early Spring and Fall,
Or stamp T-Anchor on the hide and hear the yearlin’s bawl.

No more we’ll trail T-Anchor herds to Fort Reno and “Montan,”
or hear the drawling campfire words, nor wear the trail brown-tan.

We’ve seen cowboys in the their prime, and the ranch in all its glory,
Now some have crossed the line and others bald and hoary.

May the T-Anchor Ranch in memory live through all the coming years,
And our deeds strong courage give to future youth and steers.
Winnsboro Center for the Arts presents this virtual art show featuring the works of Shaune Bartoo, Shirley Gordon, Elizabeth Francis Guthrie, Penny Holley, Matthew Mahaffey, Linda May, Laura Motley, Linda Sciongay, Ellie Taylor, and Tiffany Tillema. The works are available for purchase by emailing
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The Upper East Side of Texas is home to many orchards and creameries that offer wholesome ingredients to satisfy cravings for summer desserts like this delicious peaches and cream pie. Find area dairies and peach farms and a good recipe by following this headline link.
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