Author: East Texas Review

What Can We Learn from the Tiny House Phenomenon?

By Nathaniel Sillin   You may not have seen one in your neighborhood yet, but the tiny house phenomenon has spread across the country. For some, the move is driven by a desire to downsize and live a minimalistic lifestyle. Others see it as a way to decrease their impact on the environment.   Economics are often a large part of the equation. Buying and maintaining a tiny home is relatively inexpensive, and the savings can help many people on their path towards financial freedom.   Tiny-home living (often shortened to tiny living) isn’t for everyone. However, tiny living...

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Downtown Wine Swirl seeks art for limited-edition poster

The City of Tyler Main Street Department is seeking artwork to feature in a commemorative limited-edition poster print as part of its fourth annual Downtown Tyler Wine Swirl.   Artists are invited to submit images of their artwork in a contest to select a work of art to be reproduced for the print. The artist whose work is selected will receive a $250 prize and the honor of having their work represent the Wine Swirl online and in publications.   “The Downtown Tyler Wine Swirl is a much-anticipated community event,” said City of Tyler Main Street Department Leader Beverly Abell, “and people are already looking forward to it again in June. Art is an important part of the Swirl,” she concluded.   The Downtown Tyler Wine Swirl, set for June 24, is an event geared toward showcasing Texas wines and area restaurants. In addition, it is a fundraiser. Abell said that though Main Street is a City of Tyler department, a large part of the department’s budget comes through fundraising projects such as the Swirl.   Abell explained that a Wine Swirl is a showcase of locally owned restaurants and Texas vineyards. Ticket-holders will be able to “swirl” from site to site downtown to sample food and wine while enjoying live entertainment and art.   Artists are encouraged to go to www.TylerWineSwirl.com for full rules on the art contest....

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The President Is Fooling Himself. Is He Fooling Us, Too?

If the occasional appearance of sanity is all we ask of Trump, then his reign of insanity will be our fault. By Jim Hightower Some people who attain high public office grow in their position of trust. Some, however, just bloat. Bloat has been on spectacular display in the first months of Donald Trump’s presidential tenure. He had a disastrous start, choosing a cabinet and staff mostly made up of ideological quacks, incompetents, and Wall Street grifters. Yet, buoyed by his explosive ego, Trump pronounced his start historic: “I don’t think there’s ever been a president elected who in this...

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The Library invites you to discover your family history

Ancestry.com is a powerful online tool that helps you discover your past by providing access to historical records and family histories.  For those who are curious about their family history, the Library will be hosting a seminar on April 8 at 9 a.m. Presenter Scott Fitzgerald will show seminar-goers how to effectively use Ancestry.com.   Scott is the current first Vice-President and Quarterly Editor of East Texas Genealogical Society and has served as President for five years. He was made a Fellow of the Texas State Genealogical Society for his contributions to TxSGS and Texas Genealogy.   “The Library has offered Ancestry.com services for a while now,” said Connie Greer, access librarian. “Now, we are excited to offer a class that is specifically designed to help find those tough-to-locate ancestors!” For more information about this or any Library program, please visit the Library at 201 S. College Ave. in Downtown Tyler, call (903) 593-7323 (READ) or go to www.TylerLibrary.com.  ...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Sen. Cruz with ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Award

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today attended a reception hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. There, Sen. Cruz received the “Spirit of Enterprise” award in recognition of the pro-growth, pro-jobs policies he has advanced during his time in the Senate. “During my time in Washington, I have worked to promote policies that foster economic opportunity for the 27 million Texans I represent,” Sen. Cruz said. “I am honored to receive the ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ award from the Chamber, an organization that works hard to advance policies that create jobs and expand opportunity. When I meet with business leaders...

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