Blue in Texas is
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- 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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Stolen vote 2012 edition.
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Laura Deurmyer's Links
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 »
1. My favourite word- Plaid. I just like the way it sounds. “Plaid” – say it a few times – bet you laugh.
2. Least favourite word - Synergy. Usually this means that someone thinks I can do some part of their job for them so they don’t have to.… Read full post »
Like so many women, my whole life has been largely defined by my relationship to my mom. When I consider my personality traits, my usual comparison point is that I am “like” my mom or “not like” my mom. In my desperate attempts to escape from he… Read full post »
I have a love-hate relationship with my clothes now. Years and years of gleefully trolling thrift and vintage shops for just the right find don’t vanish from your consciousness just because all of a sudden you don’t like the way you look in anything.
My clothing and shoe addic… Read full post »
I self-identify as a Democrat. True, it’s a less fervent identification than my identity as a Texas Longhorn, but it’s a long-held identification, passed through two generations. My parents are New Deal Democrats, my grandparents on both sides were New Deal Democrats.&n… 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 »
Like many latte-sipping, endive-munching liberals, I hate Wal -Mart. Whenever possible, I avoid the retail behemoth like the plague, not an easy task in a town where the three largest stores are Wal -Marts.
However, one can get only so much of one's nutritional… Read full post »
Last weekend, I came as close to understanding my Mom as I have ever come. It was a beautiful day last Saturday – one of those rare West Texas days when the azure sky, puffy white clouds, bursting redbud trees and myriad bird songs combine to convince you that there had/… Read full post »
She spun around, stared at her messy bed with its crocheted spread and plunked down on the carpeted floor. There was nowhere else to sit. Tiny, stupid room. Tiny, stupid life.
Defiantly, she reached out and turned up her cassette player. The bells from Asia’s “Wild/… Read full post »
Here in Texas, guns are an integral part of life. Many children have parents who hunt. People living out on ranches need a shotgun leaning in the mud room to take care of that rattler waiting on the front porch. And 200,000 Texans and counting have a conceale/… Read full post »
The deli counter at WalMart ordering party trays was the last place I expected to have an emotional revelation. But I turned around and there she was - an infant with chubby cheeks, laughing brown eyes and those curls. Curls looking just like those of the foster daughter our family loved,… Read full post »
One of my friends is a tanning bed aficionado. She is blessed with beautiful olive skin; nearly wrinkle- free in her forties, she just feels prettier with a little blush of the summer sun, even as the forty mile per hour West Texas winds howl across the plains in the dead/… Read full post »
I just read an article in my local paper online about the final House health care debate. This article attempted to justify the outrageous outburst from our Representative, the initially unidentified member who shouted "baby killer" at fellow pro-life Representative Bart Stupak.… Read full post »
Austin, though a smallish city of around 500,000 at the time, seemed so much larger, so much more cosmopolitan than Tulsa. The kids walking the drag with purple Mohawks or dreadlocks wrapped in colorful headscarves seemed sincere about it somehow, unlike the few chara… Read full post »
My first marriage washed away on a tide of green beer at Birraporetti's in San Antonio. For years, I thought that would be the tragedy that defined my life; it has turned out to be the luckiest strike possible.
When I escaped to the University of Texas at Austin in 1989,… Read full post »
I have a problem. It's one I've just discovered; I've been either blind or in denial most of my adult life about it. But recent events have forced me to admit: I am officially a Lead Foot.
There, I've said it. I feel so much better. It's not something that goes… Read full post »
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (NIV)
It’s hard to believe in something that your mind tells you isn’t possible. Take the Christian story of the Resurrection. The fact is – people die and the/… Read full post »
That first time around, I hadn't been afraid. You might even say I was arrogant. I had no health problems, I didn't smoke; sure I was old-ish, but lots of older women were having babies. Look at Demi Moore, look at Brooke Shields or J Lo. All of them were at… Read full post »
Yesterday, we had the primary election here in TX. Both parties voted on who their gubernatorial candidate would be, as well as on various and sundry candidates for state rep, county judge etc.
I sashayed up to the precinct doors with my voter registration card in hand, fending off the… Read full post »
Edgar Allan Poe and perhaps Lewis Carroll, Coleridge and Lord Byron, Jim Morrison and most of the definitive 60's and 70's rockers. My brilliant friend Steve. Creative, driven minds that tumbled down the rabbit hole, decreed a stately pleasure dome and envis… Read full post »
It can be disconcerting to confirm what your nearest and dearest really think of you. Apparently, I am someone you would not want driving your car, my kitchen floor is really dirty and I am not capable of doing anything physcially amazing.
On the other hand, I'd make a good… Read full post »
The orange sun was blinding in the sky yesterday, presaging a gently blue, snappily bright winter day on the plains. The mood inside our car was somber and gray, colored by death and destruction.
I don't know what synapse fired in his brain this morning, but halfway to… Read full post »
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