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.