SUNDAY May 10, 2020
Happy Mother's Day! Today we pause to reflect on the people who nurture us and make an effort to share our appreciation for them. One theme that's emerged during the COVID crisis is the blessings many of us have experienced as we've slowed down, stayed indoors, and spent more time with our immediate families. It's also been the ideal time to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors with our loved ones, especially sunshine and fresh air. As we continue social distancing and monitoring our health this month, it's possible to find new ways to connect with nature, our families, and, of course, our mothers.

For more inspiration, visit 's homepage to browse stories from our May/June issue. All the articles in the new issue are grouped at the top of the page so you can avoid having to shuffle through the whole website.

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"Her Eyes So Blue" by Linda Lucas Hardy is a pencil portrait rendered in Prismacolor's French Grays.
Art of Linda Lucas Hardy
Our new online flip book provides access to stories, photos, and links to websites, and videos. For example, view Hardy's art in the magazine then click on the video link to view the artist on location at Winnsboro Arts Center as she discusses her inspiration and techniques. Download the entire publication as a PDF to save it on your favorite device.
"Beneath the Thin Veneer Lay the Heart and Soul," oil painting by Linda Lucas Hardy
Like many other musicians, Heather and Max Stalling are performing virtually. Read their story of gaining new fans while performing for a virtual crowd of more than a thousand people every Wednesday evening from their living room.
Many moms have found themselves in a new world  —  at home with kids and new responsibilities, such as teaching and tutoring. Though it's easy to push aside self-care when the gym is closed and kid-friendly activities are limited, moms still need to find ways to nurture themselves. In our May/June 2020 issue, Rachel Wilbanks discusses several ways moms can add activities to fit our lifestyles in the era of social distancing.
National Skilled Nursing Care Week is May 10-16. Formerly known as National Nursing Home Week, we have a second opportunity to thank our loved ones' caregivers, many of whom are on the front lines of the COVID-19 healthcare crisis.
W ildflower Tours
Wildflowers are blooming all over the Upper East Side this week. The Henderson Visitor Center has arranged three guided tours of wildflowers throughout Rusk County. Others may want to look for bloomers closer to home, like this shot of Indian Paintbursh flowers by photographer Lisa Hilbers, taken in May 2016 near the Mineola Nature Preserve.
The Stratton Story Premieres in Theaters
The Stratton Story, a movie about the life of Monty Stratton of Greenville starring Jimmy Stewart, was released May 12, 1949. Stratton pitched for the Chicago White Sox in the 1930's, gaining a record of 37 wins to 19 losses, but an unfortunate hunting accident in 1938 ended his major League career early. After his leg was amputated, Stratton made a comeback as a Minor League pitcher in 1946 and continued his career into the 1950's. Greenville's Audie Murphy museum displays memorabilia from Stratton's career, including the wooden leg. Click HERE to view a video about the display, or r ead more about the Audie Murphy Museum in the County Line archives .
Celebrating Red Garland
Famous jazz pianist William M. (Red) Garland was born in Dallas May 13, 1923. He learned to play clarinet as a child and alto saxophone at Booker T. Washington High School. His music skills continued after he joined the army in 1944, learning piano from servicemen at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
After leaving the Army, Garland joined a band led by Henry (Buster) Smith in 1944 and played in night clubs in New York City, where his block chords became a hallmark of classic jazz. He achieved fame as part of Miles Davis's Quintet from 1955-1958.

Garland returned to Dallas in 1965 due to mother's illness and resided there in his later years. He cut a new album and performed in the late 1970's, but he last performed at the Park Central Jazz Festival in Dallas in 1981. He passed away in Dallas in 1984. Watch the video above to hear the Red Garland Trio perform "It's Impossible," one of many classic jazz hits.
Don Henley, Stevie Nicks perform "Leather and Lace"
Watch Stevie Nicks and Don Henley perform their classic, "Leather and Lace" at last year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, when Nicks was inducted for the second time. Read more about Henley's East Texas roots in the County Line archives.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2020 inductees online May 2. The 2020 induction ceremony is set for Nov. 7, 2020, at Cleveland's Public Auditorium. New inductees include Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., and T. Rex.

Keep checking our calendar, where we're posting music events from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Facebook, and a range of other venues. Hint: As a Mother's Day special, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is airing uncut footage from Bon Jovi's induction ceremony in 2018. Click HERE for when and where to watch .
May is National Salad Month
Finally, here's another way to nurture ourselves this week  —  with good nutrition. Try this recipe for Mint Citrus Quinoa Salad from the County Line archives.
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