The East Texas Men in Harmony spread joy to East Texas community

On Thursday evenings, men from all over East Texas, and even some visiting from places such as the Shreveport, Louisiana area, gather inside of the choir room at Green Acres Baptist Church. They come for weekly choir practice at 7 p.m., happy to once again be in each other’s presence and to share their mutual love for barbershop singing. The…

Focal Point: The Language of Coffee

The crowd at Starbucks was so familiar. Local people gathered around their usual tables, laughing and joking, continuing the banter and teasing that was obviously a carryover from earlier conversations. Retired couples, possibly residents of nearby condominium communities, talked quietly at tables around the room. A man in flip-flops dropped in

Retired riverboat captain shares his adventures on the Intracoastal Waterway Video

Growing up with two older brothers who were riverboat captains, Henry Elliott couldn’t avoid working on a boat. The 83-year-old Tyler resident was 12 when his eldest brother, Ervin, asked if he would want to come on the tugboat with him for a day. Curious, Elliott took the offer and joined his brother on a

Our Weekly Conversation

“People are much deeper than stereotypes. That’s the first place our minds go. Then you get to know them and you hear their stories, and you say, ‘I’d have never guessed.’” - Carson Kressley   This column I call “Focal Point,” this conversation I have every week with readers … it can sometimes be surprising. But, as a rule,

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Focal Point: The Language of Coffee

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Our Weekly Conversation

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Voices from the Canyon

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