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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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AUGUST 10, 2011 12:06AM

I quit writing - and it's killing me

I didn't mean to quit.  I really didn't.  And now that I have quit, I need to know how to begin again.  I crave the desire to start again.  I can't see any other cure for my anxiety, my ill temper or my burgeoning need to eat every carbohydrate that crosses… Read full post »

My city: 209,000 people - median age, 29.5, median income $31k. Evenly divided male/female. A whopping 73% white. Voted 31% for Obama, 68% for McCain. Just to set the you know where I come from...whacko-world, if you will...

That 68%… 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 »

My eyes are drinking in trees; I am drowning in them.  Tulip trees, towering deciduous trees, conifers all in row behind a stone freeway barrier.  As the miles pass by and the shuttle rumbles down the highway, I am lost in the differences between this world – full of green and/… 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 »

Abortion rights have never been a real-life personal dilemma for me; I am pro-choice philosophically, but have no life experiences with which to support my position. 

Practically speaking, banning a procedure that's been performed since there were women is  only going to force it undergrouRead full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2011 1:40PM

I am a teacher's daughter

My father was a public servant for most of his working life. After high school, he entered the Air Force and became an airman on a giant cargo plane; following his hitch, he went on to train as a teacher.  A small-town boy from a poor depression-era Texas Panhandle family, Dad has… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2011 2:09PM

There once was a goose...Yes, a goose.

Goose pic from wikipedia


One late fall afternoon, my small son and I rode our bikes to the park up the street from our house to feed the ducks.  Though the trees were bare and the grass was brown, the temperature posted a balmy sixty degrees.  With a bright, hard winter sun andRead full post »

I have one giant fatal flaw from which most of my other flaws are sprung.

I am too frequently a self-centered, unaware jerk.

Though my mom complained about this failing during most of my growing up, I kind of ignored her.  After all, what did she know?  She was notoriously eccentric… Read full post »

JANUARY 19, 2011 2:47PM

Am I really "Blue in TX"?

This is a re-post from shortly after my very first experience with the commenters on "Big" Salon. 

Since then, I have cautiously integrated my online persona and my real self - a little bit.  No longer am I hiding my views and political leanings on my Facebook page.  Instead, I'veRead full post »

JANUARY 19, 2011 7:58AM

Real Housewives of Lubbock?

Tonight, my husband and I, forgetting (ahem) that we were supposed to be at our gym, took our son out for burgers.  We chose  a family-oriented joint that offers kiddie discount Tuesdays. 

As usual for a Tuesday, the place was hopping.  Large groups clutched paper cups filled wit… 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 »
JANUARY 12, 2011 8:45AM

Me and my shotgun

 Ranch for sale at

On my first visit to the ranch, my then-boyfriend and I went dove hunting with his father, making our way across the South Texas scrub between cactus, mesquite and dusty light-green cenizo bushes.  

After several hours of what amounted mostly to standing in a clearing for a… Read full post »

JANUARY 10, 2011 11:46PM

From child to killer


 Loughner facebook photo from

Reading about the Arizona shootings, I couldn't help focusing on the difference between the countenance Jared Loughner showed the world as recently as a year ago and the eerily inhuman smirk he displayed in his mug shot today.

At one time, Loughner would have been… Read full post »


The nastiness of human nature shouldn't surprise me. 

Years ago, I helped a company spearhead a bonus program.  Morale was low, and management thought employees could be brought to appreciate each other using incentives to drive behaviors.  A pool of money was created fRead 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 »
JANUARY 2, 2011 8:41PM

Wherever I can find - where I write

Where I write used to be pretty darn defined.  

But all that has changed; my birthday present - a new laptop with fully functional battery and wireless Internet - has freed me from my home desk.  It has also revealed my status as a nomad in our home. … Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2010 7:30PM

The holidays in spite of it all

 Christmas fire
Free image from 
The fire is crackling, flames licking up behind my chair reflecting in the shiny rim of my laptop screen.  Carol of the Bells resounds from the stereo; harmonies recalling more dignified Christmases past.  The Christmas trRead full post »

The most important issue we aren’t talking about today is net neutrality.  Far from being a geeky abstraction that won’t affect anyone but the pocket-protector squad, this regulatory battle will affect all consumers who use the internet to communicate, socialize and educate.  Wh/… 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 »

President Obama is the first politician that I ever deeply believed in and identified with.  I recognize echoes of my most deeply held values in much of what he says and in how he says it.  

When he won the Presidential election, it felt like a miracle.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2010 11:11PM

A Flickering Point of Light

flickering point of light - available at The little point of light representing our family’s charitable giving almost flickered and dimmed last week.

My employer makes charitable giving convenient, offering payroll deduction to a menu of charitable groups, both national and local.  For the past year, we’v/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2010 6:32PM

Still the Best Cookie Recipe Ever

Those of you who are OS cookie recipe junkies (all five of you) will recognize my last year's cookie recipe offering.  I am sticking with what works, for 2 reasons: 1) I am not a good enough baker to do anything fancier and 2) these cookies are damn good.

This… 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 »