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SUNDAY March 24, 2024

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”

Marilyn Monroe

For Marilyn Monroe the “right” shoes were likely high heels. For other women, conquering the world may mean cowboy boots, flip flops, or tennis shoes. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to what women need.

Some like their blonde hair, whether they come by it by birth or bottle.

Dolly Parton said, “I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb, and I also know that I’m not blonde.” Dolly sure knows how to put things into perspective.

People come in all kinds of shapes, shoe sizes, and hair colors and we don’t know who they are just by their appearance. We need to listen to know each other better and maybe we’ll learn something and find something in common. Being humans sharing the planet together is a good place to start.

I attended a 10-day silent retreat a few years ago. There were about 40 of us who saw each other frequently during that time but we couldn’t speak to each other. I heard no voices except for those of the instructors. There was a young, wild-haired woman who was struggling as I’d see her outside off the beaten path jumping up and down like she was stomping out a fire, flailing her arms around, and pulling on her hair like she was going to rip it out. She seemed so angry and frustrated and my impression of her was not good. I thought for sure she lost a few marbles along the way and that anything she had to say was not going to be pleasant.

On the last day of the retreat, we all got to talk with each other. I avoided “crazy girl” as long as I could. Then about an hour before leaving I saw her talking with someone and I heard her voice. It was beautiful! I was floored! She turned out to be a very kind, intelligent person who had gotten some bad news that week. It was a deep lesson for me to not judge people by their outward appearance or attitude that might be a temporary challenging situation.

I hope you will lean in and get to know the people in our stories and all the good humans as you go about your daily lives in the Upper East Side of Texas. — P.A. Geddie

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Art by Maureen Killaby of Lindale, Texas.
FEATURE

The Impactful Art of Terry Crum

Artist Terry Crum has an eclectic style that includes figurative, landscapes, and graphics. His work was recently featured in an exhibition at Hinds Fine Art Gallery in Tyler and he’s hoping to have shows in other venues in the Upper East Side of Texas. In April he’s participating in a show at Royce Myers Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Featuring musical icons, his six pieces are paintings of Johnny Cash, Elvis, Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin, Prince, and Buddy Holly. READ MORE.

 

THIS TIME OF YEAR

Submissions Open for 2024 Film Festival

The 2024 Tyler Film Festival (TFF) is now open to submissions with an early bird deadline of April 1, and final deadline of May 1. A celebration of storytelling through film, TFF seeks to grow local independent filmmaking and encourages filmmakers, especially in East Texas, to submit their work. READ MORE 

FOOD & DRINK

Big City Luxury in Small Town Texas

Got Easter Sunday Brunch plans yet? You can’t beat the royal treatment at Queen St. Grille in Palestine, Texas! Call (903) 723-2404 to make reservations.

ARTS & CULTURE

2024 Season Off and Running for Athens Theatre

Henderson County Performing Arts Center (HCPAC) is bringing the female version of The Odd Couple to the HCPAC Main Stage. Written by Neil Simon, The Odd Couple is a play that showcases two mismatched roommates: one who is neat and uptight and one who is messy and easygoing. In 1985, Simon adapted the play to feature a pair of female roommates: Florence Ungar and Olive Madison. The Odd Couple Female Version is under the direction of Joclyn Ewers. Production dates are April 18-27.

HCPAC kicked off their 2024 season in February with the mystical Into the Woods. After Odd Couple, they return with Legally Blonde Jr: The Musical with shows July 11-20. Under the direction of Troy Martin, Legally Blonde Jr follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobs, and scandals in pursuit of her dreams. When Elle’s boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for Harvard and a new girlfriend, Elle takes matters into her own hands. With the help of classmate Emmett and spunky hairdresser Paulette, Elle finds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive. READ MORE

WHAT ELSE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

• New Album and Full Tour Announced for Wade Bowen

• Longview Embraces Its Bustling Bus Depot

• Opal Lee Finally Gets Her Homecoming

• Real Places Conference Brings Preservationists Together

• Eclipse Over the Upper East Side of Texas Updates

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