I wish I remembered where I heard about Donald Ray Pollock’s “The Devil All the Time.” The 2011 novel has received numerous comparisons to the work of Cormac McCarthy. Being a McCarthy fan, that comparison was pretty much all I needed to look into this novel.
The voice of reasoning tells us all that it does not make sense to riot, loot and destroy property in your own community. The result of such acts take away a few jobs, and the conveniences of having a few drug stores, supermarkets, and other business within our communities.
Nacogdoches sculptor and artist Michael Boyett was remembered warmly Friday as friends and family gathered to celebrate his life.
The battle is on. The wet, warm weather has triggered a resurgence of fire ants. In lawns, along roadsides and in fields, these imported South American, short-tempered, six-legged warriors are experiencing their spring reactivation. Imported fire ants first arrived at the port of Mobile, Ala., in the late 1930s. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, they made their way to Texas in 1957, where they have done extremely well in the better watered areas of the state.
The East Texas Research Center (ETRC) in the Steen Library, located at SFA, hosted a community event honoring the late Arthur Weaver — a local African-American who made history as a brave Civil Rights leader during the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. He stood tall among a few others in Nacogdoches who challenged the local establishment in an effort to bring justice to Nacogdoches African-Americans affected by the Jim Crow Laws that still existed in this area.
It certainly feels like springtime outside. Many garden plants have broken dormancy, and the botanical world around East Texas is stirring with the warm weather. Ah, spring. One of the plants stirring in my garden is the mock orange or English dogwood (Philadelphus coronarius). This is one of my favorite shrubs. They are in full bloom. The flowering of the Philadelphus is one of spring’s great performances. It has bloomed, as expected, in late April when the warm weather awakens this elegant plant from her winter slumbers.
This weekend the Pineywoods Country Club will host the April Four Ball Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series featuring artists selected for the second Sculpture For All art show on the SFA campus.
Editor’s note: This is another in a series of stories about the lives of public servants in Nacogdoches.