Blue in Texas is

living Blue in a Red state

Laura Deurmyer

Laura Deurmyer
December 22
Proud mom to a 3rd grade son, wife of an artist/ artisan, liberal, former urban professional marooned in the sands of West TX


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NOVEMBER 15, 2012 9:22PM

Life Goes On

I read a blog post by Rolling Stones editor Matt Taibbi in which he noted that, if you turned off the television and the Internet, it would be months before you even knew that there'd been an election ...

All the shrill secession petitions aside, he's right: the world did not suddenly… Read full post »

Those of us who've been through divorce know the signs of trouble. Tolerance of each other's eccentricities turns into extreme annoyance. Short-hand references and shared jokes become verbal bludgeons turned against each other. Friends begin choosing sides. And the kids suffer.

In the aftermath of Pr… Read full post »

AUGUST 26, 2012 2:42PM

Judge Head just said it out loud

Photo by Stephen Spillman, Lubbock Avalanche Journal
 Living in Texas for much of my adult life, just as the state changed from a reliably Democratic state to a hard-core, hard-right Republican state, I have always been aware that my very liberal political views are not the norm for my community.  That was a given when we… Read full post »

 Votomatic machine from 2000 election


In 2000, before anyone really talked about “red” states and “blue” states my husband and I lived in Southern California.  I worked at a firm where the owner/ President was a staunch Democrat; our friends were mostly moderates, splitting their votes be/… Read full post »

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AUGUST 7, 2012 4:13PM

The backwards-sideways 21st century world

“Nothing is real

And nothing to get hung about

Strawberry Fields forever

 Living is easy with eyes closed

Misunderstanding all you see”

 The Beatles:  “Strawberry Fields Forever”

It’s a down-the rabbit-hole feeling , that slippery, squashy, lurking se… Read full post »

MARCH 23, 2012 12:06AM

My close encounter of the hoodie kind

Years ago, I was young, newly divorced and living alone in a "transitional" neighborhood in East Dallas.  Two small neighborhood streets behind my house ran a major large street; right behind that were some pretty tough Dallas projects.  

Up four blocks from my house was another main road l… Read full post »

MARCH 6, 2012 8:33AM

Will Your Vote Count?

 sample ballot

The first election I remember was when Jimmy Carter was elected President.  My parents, both Southern Baptists, and both avid followers of news and events, were probably as excited by his outsider campaign for President as I would be about Barack Obama’s election decades/… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 14, 2012 8:44AM

The Juxtaposition of Small Government and Big Religion

 Christian in Pilgrim's Progress


The other day, I had a very frustrating Facebook dialogue with an old friend.  She had posted about the President’s proposal that contraceptives be classified as preventive medicine and included without a co-pay in employer-provided benefit plans.  She was absolut… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 7, 2012 8:01AM

Once Upon A Time, Fostering and Adoption


Once Upon a Time


One of my favorite television shows this season is "Once Upon a Time".  Go ahead, snicker - a forty-five year old woman hooked on what is essentially a fairy tale compendium turned inside out is kind of ridiculous, I give you that.  But it's escapist viewing at it… Read full post »

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JANUARY 30, 2012 8:44AM

Drilling, Baby, We're Drilling

Tanker truck rolled on highway 349 outside Midland.

Most of you probably know Midland-Odessa Texas as the location of the popular gridiron television series “Friday Night Lights”.  Or perhaps as the home of George W. Bush.  A few of you might even watch the TruTV show “Black Gold”. 

Unless you are… Read full post »

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JANUARY 24, 2012 8:38AM

Scared Straight: The Abortion Version


 Texas capital

Have you ever had a vaginal ultra sound?  Well, I have, and while it didn’t come close to ranking number one on the top ten scale of painful-things-doctors-have-done–to-me, it was decidedly not a pleasant experience.  For my purposes – letting the doct… Read full post »

JANUARY 15, 2012 6:10PM

A winter haiku

Branches trace hard sky

Chimes echo winter's sly breeze

 Birds with writ murder Read full post »


 Thai Red-Curry Quinoa Stuffed Pumpkin with Fresh Basic

Vegan.  It conjures up mental images of tall, lanky people with dreadlocks in earnest earth-tone hemp clothing, doesn’t it?  Or a deranged PETA protester throwing paint on some dowager’s prized fur coat.  Or perhaps the dour acquaintance with the pinche… Read full post »


 Thai Red-Curry Quinoa Stuffed Pumpkin with Fresh Basic

Vegan.  It conjures up mental images of tall, lanky people with dreadlocks in earnest earth-tone hemp clothing, doesn’t it?  Or a deranged PETA protester throwing paint on some dowager’s prized fur coat.  Or perhaps the dour acquaintance with the pinche… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2012 12:38AM

Giving back - corporate style?

In my mind, there are two versions of The Corporation. 

One is a black-and-white version generated by childhood viewing of 1950’s and 1960’s television re-runs.  In this version of the The Corporation, men go off to work every morning, wearing a hat and carrying a briefcase or/… Read full post »

 Zach Long/ Avalanche Journal

It's a pretty typical neighborhood pizza joint:  green, white and red signs out front, an Italian-American owner who remembers all the kids and never fails to greet them with a hearty "Hey paesan!", Italian Chef murals framed by trellises adorned with plastic grapevines and the abs… Read full post »

Almost like my bike


In 1976 when I was in 2nd grade, the man in the red suit still reigned supreme over Christmas in my fevered eight year old imagination.  After all, we didn't attend church, so Christmas as the birthday of Christ was just a fuzzy conceptual nicety, resulting in Andy WilliamsRead full post »

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DECEMBER 11, 2011 12:04PM

A tale of two ERs

Early this morning, while it was still dark outside, my small family made the trip to our friendly local emergency room. As emergencies go, this one was sort of small-scale: no one was dying, there wasn't any blood, and the patient (my husband) is resting at home now after a… Read full post »

Kids are brilliant. Without any formal political training, without attending any Ivy League colleges and without even consulting Wikipedia, they instinctively take advantage of a cutting edge debate-changing tool known as the "Overton Window".

Next time your children ask for something utterly ludicrou… Read full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2011 1:41PM

Weapons and Waffles

The grocery store was crowded with after-work, after-school shoppers.  Walking hand-in-hand with my small son, I rounded the corner of an aisle in pursuit of salsa just as a tall, lean older man in a white shirt so crisp that it could have stood up and shopped on its own came… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 11:20AM


Today, I wish I were seven years old and about to enter second grade – Mrs. Bost’s class – all over again. I would get up and put on my favorite lemon yellow polyester shorts and their matching striped sleeveless t-shirt. No one would tease me about my outfit with school… Read full post »

AUGUST 30, 2011 1:43PM

American Tribalism

pat buchanan 

 Photo from Wikipedia.

For generations, the collective character of the United States has drawn from the strengths and traditions of many identities, while still somehow being uniquely “American”. 

Today's American culture is one of a developing tribalism; some o… Read full post »

AUGUST 24, 2011 2:44PM

Baubles and Beads

 my earring

The beads from a Kenyan market lie heavy and comforting against my chest, armoring my business-casual self with a stylish worldliness.  As they swish back and forth against my curls during my over-animated staff meeting arm gestures, the camel bone earrings with their tiny bronze… Read full post »

AUGUST 22, 2011 6:42PM

The Life of the Mother


I wasn’t at the funeral, but I can picture them - the small boy of five and his sister, age 2 - sitting in the pew, in befuddled little-kid pain, begging for their mother.  

Diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer right after… Read full post »

AUGUST 11, 2011 8:59AM

My Charter School Choice

As I’ve written here before, I am a teacher’s daughter.  Raised by two public school teachers, educated in the public schools, I have always firmly resisted the idea of sending any child of mine to a private school.  To me, private schools undermine the very idea of anRead full post »