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I’ll Be There For You

SUNDAY January 14, 2024

“We are at our finest when we take care of each other.”

Katherine Center

Knowing people are “there for you” when you need it is one of the best feelings in the world. Best friends, spouses, co-workers, or average community relationships are ones where we expect support and compassion regularly. But what about being there for others we may not know very well or at all when a crisis arises or when a bigger effort is needed for change?

As we dip into freezing temperatures for the next few days knowing others will care enough to offer support should we get into a crisis situation goes a long way in making us feel safe and valued.

Tomorrow marks the 15th anniversary of Captain Sully’s “Miracle on the Hudson” landing that saved 155 lives, who were then rescued again by divers and emergency management teams that all came together that day to be there for the passengers and crew of Flight 1549.

Tomorrow is also a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., who called on humans from all walks of life to join hands in solidarity for equality for all.

The importance of caring for our fellow humans is woven through speeches like Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream,” and in paintings such Navajo Woman shown below, and in music and most art forms, and many other aspects of our daily lives. Building communities where citizens care about each other — differences and all — benefits everyone.

Stay warm, read on about good things that matter, and get your calendars ready for adventures soon in the Upper East Side of Texas. — P.A. Geddie


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“Navajo Woman,” by Katherine Zymbroy is part of the Changing Light art exhibition taking place through January 20 at Winnsboro Center for the Arts.

Big Stages Kick Off Big New Year

The number of quality shows in the Upper East Side of Texas in the dead of winter 2024 is incredible. Take a look at this roundup of a variety of theater, music, comedy, and more taking place on the larger stages of the region. Pictured is a scene from “Anitgone Now,” a theatre presentation taking place April 25-27 at Whatley Center in Mount Pleasant. Amid a bombed-out city still feeling the aftershocks of war, the rebellious and intense Antigone defies her uncle to bury her disgraced brother. This contemporary response to the myth of Antigone brings powerful, modern prose to an ancient and universal story.



Miracle on the Hudson Marks 15th Anniversary

In the news this week are numerous news segments on the heroic safe landing of a plane in trouble with 155 passengers. The crisis came to be called the “Miracle on the Hudson.” This clip is the Today Show’s coverage and commentary with Captain C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger who successfully landed the plane on the Hudson River in New York. Read our County Line interview with Sully where he talks about his journey to the Hudson River that day that he says began decades before at his childhood Renison, Texas, home.

“In many ways, all my mentors, heroes, and loved ones — those who taught me and encouraged me and saw the possibilities in me — were with me in the cockpit of Flight 1549. My entire life led me safely to that river,” he says.


Texas-Style Pimento Cheese

In Jessica Dupuy’s book, United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State, she shares her recipe for East Texas pimento cheese. Light on the mayonnaise, heavy on sharp Cheddar and roasted red peppers, this version of the quintessential Southern dip is so addictive it’s good on just about anything. RECIPE


Central Track and Blind Lemon Highlighted in Exhibits

The African American Museum at Fair Park in Dallas is showing two exhibitions in conjunction with Deep Ellum’s 150th anniversary. The shows commemorate the enduring significance of the Central Track district which connected to Deep Ellum and was once a thriving African American community whose roots date back to the Civil War. Central Track was demolished in the 1940s to make way for North Central Expressway and the I-35 overpass.

Central Track: Crossroads of Deep Ellum focuses primarily on the 1920s and 1930s and features newspaper clippings, archival photographs, posters, and recordings of blues, jazz, and popular music of the period. Seeing a World Blind Lemon Never Saw presents a photographic series made by Alan Govenar from 2021-2023, exploring rural East Texas and little-known places in Dallas, locations Blind Lemon visited or alluded to in his songs. READ MORE


• Lucinda Williams’ Musical Journey

• Zip Line Days

• DSO on the Go

• Peace in the Storm Art Exhibit



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