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SUNDAY October 15, 2023

“A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met yet.”

Will Rogers

It continues to be a glorious season here in the Upper East Side of Texas with cooling temperatures and so many pieces of our rural lifestyles taking full advantage of all the region has to offer. People are getting outdoors more and having actual conversations with their neighbors. Playgrounds are active and our downtown gathering spaces are starting to fill with residents and visitors alike hanging out and getting to know each other better.

In this issue read about a few interesting things and find new ideas for venturing out in the coming week, meeting lots of friendly, nuanced folks along the way. — P.A. Geddie

For more stories about lifestyle, entertainment, and cultural events in the region visit the County Line eMagazine. Check out the September/October eEdition for stories and features and visit our calendar and Live Music sections. It’s all online in County Line Magazine.


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“She Wore Her Family’s Quilt” is an original oil on canvas by Sedrick Huckaby. The Fort Worth artist gives a talk about his ongoing exploration of portraiture at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 22, at Tyler Museum of Art. Admission is free but seating is limited so call (903) 595-1001 for reservations. His talk is presented in conjunction with Impressed: Prints from the Permanent Collection, a current exhibit at the museum with a few of his works.
Bald eagles are frequently sighted above nearby Lake Fork. Photo by Lisa Hilbers

Emory, Texas — Land Between the Lakes

Nestled between two very popular fishing lakes in the Upper East Side of Texas is the small town of Emory. It’s the county seat of Rains County, the Bald Eagle Capital of Texas.

Eagle sightings are common near and around Lake Tawakoni and Lake Fork and they wander over the town of Emory from time to time. The lakes are nesting and feeding grounds for bald eagles and more than 260 other bird species.

Visitors to Emory find a quiet downtown square with a stately courthouse as its centerpiece and a quaint small town ready for exploration. READ MORE


Lucky Strike for Janice Jarratt

A famous advertising model, Janice Jarratt was best known as the “Lucky Strike Girl.” She was born October 19, 1914, in Jacksonville, Texas. READ MORE


Black Bean Chili

In honor of National Chili Month, here’s a great recipe from Lauren Wacaser for Black Bean Chili. This chili uses beans instead of meat and manages to satisfy big appetites. Legumes like black beans, kidney beans, and lentils are a great source of plant-based protein. They also contain vitamins and high amounts of fiber so they’re filling and benefit gut health. Don’t try this recipe for the health benefits alone, however. It does the job of satisfying cravings for hot food on cold weather days without demanding a lot of preparation time.

3 cans black or kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 can Rotel tomatoes with chiles

2 cans tomato sauce

2 cups vegetable, beef, or chicken broth

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons cumin powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 can lentils

Combine ingredients in a slow cooker and cook for three to four hours on high.

Add salt or pepper as needed. Top with jalapeño slices, sour cream, cheese, tortilla strips or Fritos, avocado, and/or cilantro.

Find a couple more savory soup recipes by Lauren in this County Line ARTICLE.


Dallas Opera Releases 3D Immersive Audio Opera

The Dallas Opera announces the digital release of No One is Forgotten: An Immersive Opera, its first-ever 3D spatial opera recording, available now for streaming in Dolby Atmos Immersive Audio to subscribers of Apple Music and Tidal and in a stereo mix for non-subscribers.

Co-composed by Paola Prestini and Sxip Shirey, No One Is Forgotten is a groundbreaking opera, designed to be delivered to its audience in the form of an immersive operatic radio play— an ‘invisible opera’ — using cutting-edge 3D spatial audio technology, with a soundscape of foley arts, actors, electronics, cello, and NEWS classical vocalists.

The story is about Lali and Beng, a journalist and an aid worker, who are being held captive in one room, struggling to keep themselves alive as a service to the other and to maintain a sense of autonomy when the same person is right beside them, witnessing each other’s every move, every breath. Inspired by the plight of captured and detained journalists and aid workers, No One Is Forgotten is a story of hope and resilience with a mix of passion, humor, and the will to live. READ MORE

• Ariel Posen Pleads for Another Chance in New Album


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