SUNDAY March 21, 2021
"I don't know where I'm going from here
but I promise it won't be boring."
David Bowie

I hesitantly joined a group of poets and other writers recently at a reading. With a thousand other little things on my racing mind, I asked them not to be offended when I got up and left early as I couldn't stay for the whole thing.

I was wrong about that. I stayed, and wanted more.

One person after another began colorfully and deliberately reading or reciting theirs and other's words. Something happened to my monkey brain. I began to relax and be present and found myself in fields of daffodils, and next to a duck, face down in the water, and intrigued by the rhyming of pigeon religion.

Beginning to surface some from the pandemic pause of this last year, we can take pride in the fact we're still kicking. We've all had our battles, none more than those who have lost loved ones and those who continue to put themselves on the front lines every day.

We've still got a long way to go to put it behind us, but with a bit of breathing room, we're starting to see artists do what they do best — ask us to look at the beauty as we heal and embrace life in new ways. Visual artists in Henderson recently did a pop up art show called "Alive and Kicking." High schooler Haley Jasper won first place in a student art contest for her depiction of her mother preparing to do battle as a nurse. Singer-songwriter Susan Gibson (Wide Open Spaces) just released a new song called "Compassionate Combat," honoring nurses and established a place for people to show their gratitude. See her WEBSITE for more about that and watch and listen to her heartfelt video HERE.

As we carefully go about our lives this spring, find treasures and interesting things to see and do around every corner in the Upper East Side of Texas. Here are a few to kick things off — find more in www.countylinemagazine.com. — P.A. Geddie
"My Mom Prepping for Battle," by Hayley Jasper of Hawkins High School is one of the amazing pieces of art at the Student Art Exhibition at Winnsboro Center for the Arts. READ MORE in the County Line.
FEATURE
Pleasant weather and large open spaces in the Upper East Side of Texas offer many opportunities for optimal outdoor dining experiences. Lisa Tang gathered a few favorites here in this article. Enjoy!
DESTINATION COUNTY LINE
Greenville Museum Features Memorabilia Variety
The Audie Murphy Cotton Museum features, as its name implies, a tribute to medal of honor recipient Audie Murphy along with the city's deep history in the cotton industry. But there's so much more as the museum embraces the area's other hometown heroes and some quirky collections.

It houses the wooden leg of the late Monty Stratton. He was a major league baseball pitcher with the Chicago White Sox until an accident in 1938 that cost him a leg. His life is depicted in the 1949 Academy Award-winning film The Stratton Story, starring Jimmy Stewart.

Also in the museum is a decorative wreath made of human hair. According to the museum, it was popular in the mid to late 1800s for people to save locks of hair from family members when they passed away, then make something out of it as a memorial to them.

Another display shares the life story of the Shields brothers, known as the ‘Texas Giants,’ who were featured attractions of the Barnum & Bailey Circus in the 1800s, traveling throughout the Northeast U.S. and Canada.

The museum also has a section with a 1920s era Main Street exhibit with five stores that visitors can "window shop" in including a millinery, clothing shop, beauty salon, hardware store and drugstore. Learn much more about the museum on their WEBSITE.
THIS TIME OF YEAR
Governor Jim Hogg Still Honored in Quitman
The James Stephen Hogg was born March 24, 1851, near Rusk, in Cherokee County, and became the first native-born governor of Texas serving from 1891-1895. He was known for championing five legislative acts, which became known as the "Hogg Laws." The establishment of the Texas Railroad Commission remains one of his most lasting legacies. Hogg remained active in state and national politics and returned to practicing law until his death March 3, 1906, in Houston.

Living in Quitman for much of his life with his wife Sallie and daughter Ima, historians have maintained homes and other structures belonging to the family in Governor Jim Hogg City Park with three museums. On special occasions, visitors can watch the Stinson House Quilters work in the 1869 house that belonged to Sallie Hogg’s parents. The Honeymoon Cottage, the early home of Gov. Jim and Sallie Hogg, features original furnishings, while the Ima Hogg Museum, named for the Hoggs’ only daughter, houses Northeast Texas and family memorabilia. For more information call (903) 763-4411.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Celebrating 80 Years of Kilgore Rangerettes
Longview Museum of Fine Arts is featuring the photography of O. Rufus Lovett through July 3 in an exhibit that celebrates the Kilgore College Rangerettes. Go to www.lmfa.org for details.
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