December 2022


blue skinny jeans, and red Converse (yes this happened). Clothes are sometimes an outward expression of who we are. What I wore used to say what I felt I could not say to the world. I told people who I was right off the bat with the eccentricity in my clothing because I was scared they would not like me when they got beyond the surface. I wanted to give them everything upfront, so there were no surprises. It was almost like a porcupine showing his quills— you can get close to me, but not too close. When I was in high school journalism, I wrote an article about the red high top

Converse shoes I wore with everything (even things that did not match them). After I turned it in, I was sitting in that class, and my teacher was reading my assignment. She turned and said, out loud in front of everyone, that it was “really, really good,,” and “very moving.” It was the first time I had ever realized my words on paper could impact someone, and it fueled my desire to write more. This article you are reading rounds out two years I have been writing for Texarkana Magazine and it all started because of a pair of red Converse! So, when choosing what to wear this

winter, bring your A-game every time! Wear those vests! Layer up and throw your UGG boots on. And while a vest can say a lot about you… because, let’s face it, they are just cool… we should not rely on our clothes to tell the story of who we are. After all, it wasn’t the red Converse that ultimately defined me during that time. It was my teacher’s reaction to my writing about the Converse that ended up making the difference in who I would become. But don’t get it twisted. While we are out there living the big moments, showing up and showing out, it doesn’t hurt to look good too.



December 2-4 Texarkana Community Ballet The Nutcracker Perot Theatre, four shows, times vary December 2-3 Regional Arts Center Open House and Arts Market 321 West 4th Street, times vary Saturday, December 3 Christmas Home for the Holidays Vendor Pop Up sponsored by Boys and Girls Clubs of Texarkana 2300 Buchanan Road, #7540, 11 am-4 pm Monday, December 5 Christmas Market Kress Gap, 116 W Broad Street, 5-7 pm

Sunday, December 11 Christmas at The Perot 221 Main Street, 4-6 pm Sunday, December 11 Outdoor Movie Night Featuring The Star First Baptist Texarkana, 5 pm Sunday, December 11 Christmas Charity Show sponsored by BC Dance Pleasant Grove High School, 5 pm Saturday, December 17 Christmas on Main Perot Theatre Events throughout the day, times vary Sunday, December 18

Friday, December 2 Trophy Husband Whisky River Country Saturday, December 3 The LaRouxs Hopkins, 7-10 pm Saturday, December 3 Jesse Jenkins The Hideout, 9 pm Friday, December 9 Aces & 8s The Hideout, 9 pm Saturday, December 17 Hope for the Holidays Hempstead Hall, 7 pm Saturday, December 31 Stevie Ray & The Deacon

Natalie Grant & Danny Gokey Trinity Baptist Church, 7 pm

with The Cold Shot The Hideout, 9 pm

For more events visit





Denny Burdine Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose

Clara Tengwall Outer Banks on Netflix

Hannah Birchfield Mystery and Murder: Analysis by Dr. Phil



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