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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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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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JUNE 16, 2011 9:39AM

One more thought about Weinergate

What's most interesting about the Anthony Weiner photo and sexting
 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 »

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APRIL 4, 2011 11:11PM

My "Peace, Hope, Change" tie-dye t-shirt

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 »

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MARCH 15, 2011 11:12AM

*"All pain is a punishment" - Why Some Blame Japan

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 »

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JANUARY 14, 2011 2:26PM

If only I had a Chinese sense of duty...

As I read the excerpt from Amy Chua’s “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” I bemusedly recognized my own growing up.  Maybe my mom is secretly Chinese.

Or maybe the key to Amy’s parents’ behavior is not their Asian ethnicity.  Perhaps Asian parents who grew up asRead full post »
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JANUARY 4, 2011 7:49AM

Welcome to a new kind of tension

 Cable news might be evil; exposure to it for eight hours in a day can make a person physically ill.

While I was on vacation, I didn’t turn on the cable news networks.  I read the New York Times online and I visited other news websites; not one smarmy,Read full post »
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DECEMBER 17, 2010 8:48AM

Under the Christmas tree

Christmas tree clip art b/c I can't take photos to save my life

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 »

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DECEMBER 1, 2010 1:12AM

Qatar, Saudi and the power of media (as seen by an Israeli)

 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 »

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NOVEMBER 8, 2010 7:53AM

Who needs Medicaid anyway?

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 »

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NOVEMBER 5, 2010 7:57AM

The Thirteenth Generation


rubic's cube

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 »

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OCTOBER 21, 2010 1:12AM

Hell froze over in Lubbock this week

rick perry


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 »

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OCTOBER 18, 2010 9:24AM

And then there were three...

Shona sculpture available at  

 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 »

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OCTOBER 13, 2010 8:06PM

West Texan Jacob Isom: Sanity in the park

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-burRead full post »

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JUNE 18, 2010 12:25AM

My Daddy: A promise given and kept

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 »

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JUNE 16, 2010 12:28AM

Want West Texas to care? Spill oil on a football field.

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 theRead full post »

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MAY 27, 2010 8:06AM

God's Country from a Marriott patio

west texas sunset

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 »

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MAY 24, 2010 8:13AM

Memories of a mugging

shopping cart returnPurse 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 »

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MAY 19, 2010 8:29AM

"We take trees for granted" - Ziggy Marley


Van Gogh's Mulberry Tree
Painting, Oil on Canvas
Saint-Rémy: October, 1889
Norton Simon Museum of Art
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 »

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MAY 3, 2010 12:15AM

Swimsuit shopping hell

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 »

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APRIL 27, 2010 12:16AM

Who gets baby Emma: single Dad or adoptive couple?

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 areRead full post »