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
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March 27, 2013 11:51PM
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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
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- “Nothing to say except
that I am here, reading.
November 16, 2012 07:11PM
Laura Deurmyer's Links
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 stage...so you know where I come from...whacko-world, if you will...
That 68%… 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 »
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 »
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 undergrou… Read full post »
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 »
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 and… Read 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 »
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've… Read full post »
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 »
Or maybe the key to Amy’s parents’ behavior is not their Asian ethnicity. Perhaps Asian parents who grew up as… Read full post »
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 »
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 f… Read full post »
Cable news might be evil; exposure to it for eight hours in a day can make a person physically ill.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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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