Blue in Texas is
- 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
MY RECENT POSTS
- Life Goes On
November 15, 2012 09:22PM
- Strain in the marriage: The
state of Red Texas' Union
November 11, 2012 03:47PM
- Judge Head just said it out
August 26, 2012 02:31PM
- What if it happens again?
Stolen vote 2012 edition.
August 10, 2012 03:19PM
- The backwards-sideways 21st
August 07, 2012 04:06PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
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it's interesting to hear from
March 27, 2013 11:51PM
- “OK, first, OMG - there
is stuff going on on OS? I
looked in months and
March 27, 2013 11:47PM
- “This piece captures so
many layers of feeling,
wonderfully. I wish you
January 19, 2013 07:56PM
January 19, 2013 07:51PM
- “Nothing to say except
that I am here, reading.
November 16, 2012 07:11PM
Laura Deurmyer's Links
“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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
What's most interesting about the Anthony Weiner photo and
scandal is not what was said, photographed and sent. It's not who
exposed the scandal. And it’s certainly not the warped psychology of
a vain man who risked everything for a dubious secret pleasure. It’s
the way so… Read full post »
We are in the process of moving, which is the worst torture ever devised for pack rat-human hybrids. The list of things that I should throw out but simply don't want to is legion. Dried roses from my first wedding anniversay, now 15 years old and crumbling with age. Candles of… Read full post »
Trolls are out in force commenting on the horrific earthquake and tsunami in Japan; a distinct sub-set of opinion holds that the Japanese had it coming and should pay the consequences on their own. Some blame Japanese conduct in WWII, reminding us of the Bataan Death March, a memorial march for… Read full post »
Or maybe the key to Amy’s parents’ behavior is not their Asian ethnicity. Perhaps Asian parents who grew up as… Read full post »
Cable news might be evil; exposure to it for eight hours in a day can make a person physically ill.
When I was a little girl, the change in my family was typified by the change in the way my parents approached Christmas.
My earliest memories, which are too fuzzy to access in any real way, are of a fun, demonstrative family; my later childhood memores are of a squabbling, sn… Read full post »
A blunt exchange featuring the opinions of the outgoing-as-of-yesterday Mossad Director Meir Dagan caught my eye. There was really no new information on offer, but rather a focused glance at something - the role of media in Arab political culture - that I had never focused on before.
Dag… Read full post »
When my husband and I became foster parents, we were already parents of a pre-schooler who was uninsurable until age 5 due to his prematurity. We were used to each medical visit being accompanied by negotiations over costs, the suspicion that corners might sometimes be cut and… Read full post »
I’ve never felt comfortable in my historical space.
Sandwiched in between the thrilling advances of the 1960’s and what looks to be the decline of the American Empire, my generation lacks the adrenaline-inspiring rush of in-person experiences.
Members… Read full post »
Earlier this week, I was standing in the bathroom brushing my teeth to the accompaniment of the morning news on my clock radio when I heard something that nearly caused me to choke to death on a mouthful of toothpaste. Putting down the toothbrush, I dashed back/… Read full post »
We are once again a family of three. Our most recent foster child went to live with relatives, reunited with his baby sister. He's getting the help he needs from his social workers; he's going to counseling. He'll be OK. He'll be safe.
We'll be OK too, but it's… Read full post »
Sometimes, I don't give my fellow West Texans enough credit. Sure, there are many people here who are unthinking followers of hurtful, hateful right-wing dogma. However, West Texas is also home to a hilariously effective foiling of an attempt to carry out the vile Quran-bur… Read full post »
Quietly, Daddy has spent a lifetime as a human buffer zone, hovering between me and my mom, my mom and her sister, my mom and the neighbors.
Daddy was so self-effacing and faded into the background of our family drama to such a degree that no particular father's day stands… Read full post »
Being a reader of internet news, a bleeding heart progressive and someone who is inherently leery of corporate intentions, I have been horrified and depressed by the British Petroleum oil spill since it happened.
Though the plains of West TX are far removed from the marshes and shores of the… Read full post »
Last week, I had to travel on business.
In the old days, the days of the unlimited corporate expense account, the client-funded expensive wines and the jaunts to five star restaurants, traveling for business was a treat that I looked forward to eagerly. With no one needing… Read full post »
Purse dangling from one hand, car keys clenched between my thumb and forefinger, I pushed the shopping cart across the parking lot with my other hand, trying to compensate for the slightly crooked wheel. Giving it a mighty shove, I released it into the shopping cart holder and turned to… Read full post »
Painting, Oil on Canvas
Saint-Rémy: October, 1889
Norton Simon Museum of
Pasadena, California, United States of America, North America
F: 637, JH: 1796
Last night I was standing outside my neighbor’s house discussing her effort to sell her property. D/… Read full post »
Nothing brings out the dithering biddy in me like swimsuit shopping. I have been pursuing this activity online for the past hour or so; it makes me feel like gnashing my teeth and tearing my hair.
I simply cannot envision the happy hours our family will be sp… Read full post »
I bring two distinct and sometimes warring perceptions to bear on media accounts of adoptions. I am an adoptee – adopted at birth during what is known as the Baby Scoop Era. I have also been a foster parent who tried unsuccessfully to adopt a baby I loved.
If women are… Read full post »
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