So many books, so little time

In my recollection, I’ve written 20 books in my lifetime. Proper books, mind you. Fully-rendered stories with a beginning, a middle, and an ending. Sometimes with chapters, sometimes just one long unending stream of consciousness. Most of them were pretty terrible. Clumsily ambitious and committing all manner of atrocities on the English language.

Of those 20, zero have been published. I can remember them all, and it’s probably for the best.

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A king’s welcome for a “royal fetus”

Let me start this out with a disclaimer: I don’t mind the British royal family, I really don’t. As far as I’m concerned, they are (for the most part) a harmless cultural distraction. What’s more, I think their pomp and pageantry evoke a certain nostalgia for tradition that could actually be somewhat beneficial in our rather coarse and irreverent age.

The courtship of Prince William with Lady Kate, their marriage, her expectancy and now delivery of Prince George of Cambridge has all played out rather marvelously. Almost like something from of a storybook…  that is, if a team of media experts were writing the story.

Dems seek to make Texas a “blue state”

It would seem that Texas Republicans have never been stronger. An all-but-certain Republican successor is emerging to follow the departing Gov. Rick Perry. They’re jubilant over their victory at the Capitol, where a GOP-heavy legislature plowed through a bill to sharply restrict abortions.

Behind the scenes, however, anxious Republicans and hopeful opponents are poring over data suggesting that the GOP hegemony may end.

Rusk County author preserves memories with recipes

Combining family history with a mixture of recipes and a dash of art cooked up a book idea for Rusk County resident Amanda Hancock.

While working toward her MSA at Goddard College in Vermont, the Tatum educator and artist was presented with an assignment of her own as part of her practicum, or project using her ‘practice’ to affect change in her community.

“Something that didn’t benefit me as much as it did my community,” Hancock said. “And one of my biggest passions is advocating sisterhood.”

Hancock didn’t have to look far to blend her passion with the project. The end result produced “Seven Strands of Pearl,” a visual cookbook.

More to the story than just the cover

The current scandal over Rolling Stone’s August cover is painful evidence of just how messed up our culture is when it comes to current events and any interest in understanding them. As the increasingly vapid demands of our ever-shortening attention spans continue to decimate long-form journalism in favor of sound bites and pithy tweets, our society is over-entertained and under-informed.

Even when we think we are being educated by outlets such as the cable-news networks, we are mostly being titillated, manipulated or provoked. Magazine covers mean a lot to folks who don’t take the time to read.

An unbelievable outcry has arisen from Rolling Stone’s decision to put a picture of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its once-legendary cover. I don’t know about you, but my Facebook and Twitter is blowing up in reaction. People, many of whom have not picked up a copy of Rolling Stone in years, called for a boycott, calling Tsarnaev a “cockroach” and “unworthy” of this kind of exposure.

Area author, historian Bob Bowman passes away


LUFKIN — Beloved East Texas author, historian, and raconteur Bob Bowman passed away Saturday after a brief illness.

A memorial service for the Angelina County native will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the main sanctuary of Calvary Baptist Church of Lufkin.

Born June 3, 1936 Bowman was the owner of Bob Bowman & Associates, Inc., a Lufkin-based public relations agency which served clients throughout the U.S., and was also one of Texas’ leading historians in addition to working as a long-time community leader in the greater East Texas area.