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In East Texas Gardens

I’ve written about early spring bulbs and summer bulbs but not about some of my favorite bulbs of late spring: lilies. Who doesn’t love Easter lilies, with their pure-white, sweetly-scented … more

Quitman Library Connections

Across the country, gardeners are celebrating National Gardening Month. On display this month is a collection of books – ranging from novice to expert – to help you grow your best garden ever. … more

Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

I recently read an article discussing the restorative powers of gardens and gardening. I realized that the beauty and serenity one finds in gardens is a gift for all of us. We at the Arboretum like … more

Corner Column

On Saturday, April 27, Mineola police hope to take unused prescription medication out of medicine cabinets throughout Mineola. The point is to reduce opportunities for theft and abuse of these products, some of which are no doubt opioid-based pain pills.

That’s commendable, and I hope the take back event is a rousing success.

What’s not commendable, however, is the volume of opioid-based medications that poured into our medicine cabinets in the first place, how the lure of eye-popping profits coaxed big drug makers like Purdue Pharma to aggressively market products that would unleash a torrent of addiction and death across the nation. more

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

As you are reading this, two of us are returning from Austin and the annual Texas Library Association Conference. This is a gathering of librarians from all over the state, and sometimes from … more

Quitman Library Connections

The 2nd Friday Acoustical Music Jam at the Quitman Public Library is Friday, April 12, 2019. Acoustical musicians of all ages and musical levels are invited to join in from 6 - 9 p.m. in the … more

Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

Did I hear someone mention a plant sale? They must have been referring to the Wood County Arboretum annual spring plant sale. On Saturday, April 13, you will find a fantastic array of seasonal … more

Quitman Library Connections

Workforce Solutions of East Texas will conduct a Hiring Fair on Friday, April 5 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Shamburger Community Room of the Quitman Public Library. Several caregiver positions are … more

Mineola Memorial Library Notes

April is here. Will it bring showers? Will we get an Easter snow? I cannot wait to find out. Although I am enjoying these cool temperatures, I am ready to have more sunny days than rainy … more

Corner Column

Much like the palette of our own lives, the countryside seems to be changing daily – more green, more vibrant and variety of colors.

And with longer hours of sunlight, we have more opportunities to enjoy it.

We have been traversing these highways and byways for so long that the earliest memories are distant and faint. more

Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

Heavy rains and high winds pass through as spring continues its journey into our hearts and gardens. The faithful redbud trees continue with a show of delicate blooms and the dogwood, Quitman’s … more

Corner Column

A friend and I recently took Amtrak from Mineola to Dallas and back.
Although riding the train was enjoyable, waiting for it was not. more
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