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Mud Puddles

SUNDAY March 10, 2024

“No mud, no lotus.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Did you set your clocks forward one hour last night? We can’t get that hour back but we can make the most of the ones that lay before us.

While life often throws disappointments our way, and sometimes grief and suffering, the lesson of the beautiful lotus flower emerging from the mud is a good lesson for us all to know that we can’t have one without the other. While we are in a place of struggle, it’s good to know the path to “bloom” is a natural one that will come if we don’t get stuck but move gently forward in a positive direction.

Perhaps my love for pottery started with a desire to surround myself with beautiful things that started as “mud.”

I’m not a potter myself (yet) but I have a great appreciation for it and have an extensive collection. I learned a lot about the process of “playing in the mud” at Potters Brown in Edom many years ago. The late Doug Brown started the artists’ colony there and the Edom Arts Festival more than 50 years ago. It was a full-circle moment to help get a state historical marker installed recently to honor those accomplishments.

The pottery legend continues in downtown Edom through Potters Brown Collective and numerous other art spaces honor the craft throughout the region including one in Winnsboro which you can read more about below.

Meet a few other people in this issue whose gifts bring us much-needed joy and find much more to love in the County Line eMagazine. — P.A. Geddie


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The late Doug Brown in his shop Potters Brown in Edom in 2010. A new Texas state historical marker solidifies his place in the history books. READ MORE
Pottery by Cindy Kent at WCA Learning Center & Gift Shop.

Ceramics Art Space is Open for Makers and Shoppers

A ceramics art space in downtown Winnsboro is a hot spot for seasoned and amateur artists from all over Northeast Texas and beyond who like to play in the mud and other earthy elements. Ceramic arts there include clay pottery, mosaic glass, and stained glass.

The ceramics space is part of Winnsboro Center for the Arts (WCA), located in the WCA Learning Center at 212 Market Street in The Bowery Pedestrian Park. They provide a facility, equipment, and programs for artists of all levels to get creative. They have three pottery wheels, slab rollers, workspace, and two kilns with ongoing classes and workshops. READ MORE


Happy Birthday Edie Brickell

Happy birthday to singer/songwriter Edie Brickell, born in Oak Cliff, Texas, on March 10, 1966. Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians’ first album, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, released in 1988 reaching No. 4 on the pop charts with the lead single “What I Am” reaching No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. She is married to music legend Paul Simon and they live in Wimberly.


New Book Says What We Eat Matters to the Planet

In Cool Food, celebrated actor and philanthropist Robert Downey Jr. and New York Times bestselling author Thomas Kostigen team up to discover how we can erase our carbon footprints one bite at a time. What we eat matters to us and to the planet. Cool Food is a food category and way of thinking that can help fix the climate is the main message of the book. READ MORE

Lily Gladstone and Leonardo DiCaprio star in Killers of the Flower Moon.

Finding Good Movies With the Oscars

Finding good solid storylines in movies is often a challenge. Too often they rely too heavily on sex or violence to carry it or boring predictable, cliched formulas. So I pay attention when it’s time for the Oscars. Surely they will lead us to a goldmine of good stories.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 96th Oscars on Sunday, March 10 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. It is set to broadcast live at 6 p.m. CST on ABC. READ MORE


• Listen to Mineola-born Ruthie Foster sing “Phenomenal Woman” and learn more about her in the County Line ARCHIVES

• Eclipse Over the Upper East Side of Texas Updates



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