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The holiday season is upon us, and maybe I’m getting older and grouchier, but the Christmas season has now invaded our lives to the point that—no joke—I saw Christmas lights up the day after Halloween. Halloween! This can’t stand! On October 29th as I made my way to Target to buy last minute candy to hand out to kids dressed as pumpkins, skeletons and Taylor Swift, I found that not only had Halloween—still 3 days away at that point—been relegated to one row and a couple shelves, while the rest of specialty section had already been taken over by Christmas.

The inaugural Lubbock Book Festival is almost upon us. In a time when the humanities are pushed more and more to the side of what we hold important in our society and school systems, it feels more important than ever that we get together and celebrate English, poetry  and literature. When we talk about how divided we are, and how communication doesn’t seem to work anymore, maybe investing more time and effort into literacy and writing is a good first step.

Heron
Written by William Wenthe and read by John Poch

The drought summer the lake hung low.
Once-sunken stumps hugged
Their shadows, as we watched
A heron, across the water, articulate itself
In grave, measured strides, to where
A turtle slept on a log. The heron bowed
Its fluent neck, its clever beak
Nudged the turtle—slap into the lake!
IN the story I wanted to tell,
The turtle was me, the water
That unreadable depth I feared,
And the heron, the heron was love.

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In  Lubbock we are lucky enough that patrons for the arts aren’t very difficult to find. Here at Texas Tech Public Media we not only have foundations that support us but many local donors who support the arts and want to see us shine a light on this amazing community. One of the cornerstones of the art world in Lubbock was Louise Hopkins Underwood who passed away earlier this year.

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Game of Thrones has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon. Based on the unfinished books by George RR Martin, season seven of the TV version, on HBO, has been the most successful yet. 

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