“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

10.29.2010

somerset life: in which i tell the the world about east texas


yep. the whole world.  i took this picture outside our business, the wind blowing the pages.  i looked down and there was the gate from the antique place down the way, there was the rainy car window image from the day i sat outside that mexican food place out on the gladewater highway, waiting on michael and food. i looked down and there was an old boathouse on lake tyler, there was me showing off the sun through my celebration skirt a couple of hot summers ago.  the wind flipped the page and there i was against the best graffitti ever, down here on the wrong side of town, there's a menu from the fair, and there's the tree in the field way north of us, where katie buys raw milk.  another page flips over and there's that building in mineola that i love and those road signs on the way to winnsboro.  and then there's my naked feet, back in my house, back home.

i love this area. you probably feel the same about where you live. 
i understand. 

this is my third and last Authentic Living article for somerset life, and it's in the bookstores now.  i want to thank christen olivarez for giving me the opportunity to spread out over those three articles and explore my sense of place, of my neighborhood in the azalea trail, of my crazy messy house, of my life.  and i want to thank y'all for reading it, for letting me know what i said would be welcomed, and for being here week in and week out.

from the article: 
"It is not Paris. 
It is not Morocco. 
It is not even Oregon or New Mexico. 
It is here, it is Texas, and even then, it is not West Texas,
it is Northeast Texas,
a church on every corner and a taqueria on every block,
feeding your soul and feeding your belly."

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20 comments:

  1. Planning to pick this up at lunch today...looks like a wonderful piece!

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  2. I love that I understand this....I am having a buritto for lunch what else!? blessings my well published friend!!

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  3. ohhhh it better be at our store....they tend to keep the old issues long past their shelf life.....

    i'm so glad you love where you live.....because honestly, i'm not sure everyone feels that way.

    xo

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  4. I loved your article, I bought the new issue as soon as it came out, like all of your writing, it was wonderful, and I hope that I already told you that.
    But just now I keep going back to that picture, and those chuck taylor's that are making me smile.
    xoxo

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  5. I feel the same about Oregon. I can't wait to head to the store tomorrow and see if they have it in. My friend, Christina, is in there too. Oh I hope you hold hands together and rejoice in shared joy.

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  6. I still think you should have a book published of your work. Maybe it could be called "Emma Tree". Who knows?
    Have you ever read James Thurber's book, "My Life and Times"?

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  7. Oh-and congrats on this third installment! You go, girl!!

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  8. I love your Texas....not just any old Texas, but YOUR Texas...in all it's soft hues.

    I treasure these articles you write...they are little extra bonuses....beautiful extensions of your blog in paper-hold-in-my-hands form.

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  9. Congratulations on your triad, Debi. I've been gone a while...just now getting back and delighted with your successes. This looks like a beautiful magazine.

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  10. have a copy reserved at our magazine store down the road.

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  11. congrats!!!!! yay! going to pick this up today! i hope. the store better have it. :)

    xoxo,
    tricia
    aka--big emma tree fan!

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  12. I will be picking this up at Boarders later today. So exciting!!! You are such a treasure Debi! xoxo

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  13. So incredibly proud of how far you have come! I knew you could do it all along! Love you!

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  14. totally lovin' the chucks with the photo! many congrats with your articles - what a beautiful accomplishment!! warmly...

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  15. Wow. It's beautiful here. Came via Mrs. M. Congratulations to you!

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  16. offering congrats via Beth , whom I adore.
    your blog is stunning and real and intriguing.

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  17. Oh I read your articles and LOVED them and then found my way over to your blog. It's all so lovely! : )

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  18. it is a beautiful article, my friend.
    xo

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  19. I wanted to offer my congratulations as well....I haven't had the opportunity to ready your article yet....but, I know of what you speak...I grew up not to far away - in Canton and there is something about East Texas that grabs you and doesn't let go. I'll be back for more...

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