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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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MARCH 12, 2010 1:44PM

The ebb and flow of faith

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 »

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MARCH 7, 2010 9:38PM

A Mom-to-be's worst fear

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 »

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MARCH 3, 2010 1:33PM

God gets the vote: Republican primary in TX

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 theRead full post »

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MARCH 1, 2010 9:17AM

The drugs I never did

Edgar Allan Poe  and perhaps Lewis CarrollColeridge and Lord ByronJim 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 »

FEBRUARY 22, 2010 8:37AM

My True Colors: Defined by a board game

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 »

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FEBRUARY 17, 2010 9:10AM

Sunrise and Death: A conversation in the car

Sunrise from 

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 »

FEBRUARY 15, 2010 7:22PM

OS Health Care Tales: A partial listing

 OK, so remember the other day when Ken Pittman wrote this blog  and I said: “Gee, there's a lot of us that have written about economic woes – probably enough for a book .  Someone should put them all in one place.”  

Ahem...I realized that if I'm going to s… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 11, 2010 12:06PM

From Dog to Diva: sweet revenge

Stevie Price broke my heart – or maybe it was my pride, which is about the same thing at age 12.  I don’t know what our teacher was thinking.  First, to decide that every sixth grader should know how to behave at a dance, whether or not their parents could afford/… Read full post »

One of my friends is looking for a job.  She's over forty, but probably not old enough to be automatically age-discriminated against.  She's got a resume stretching back over 20 years with stints at several recognizable large companies.  Good references. 

She's been sending… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 1, 2010 10:44AM

Parenting, fostering and my bitter heart

I love being a parent.  My biggest delight lies in feeling my little boy's arms around my neck, in watching him discover the world and in helping him to figure out his talents and abilities.  I wasn't one of those women who always knew she wanted to be a mom; there… Read full post »

JANUARY 22, 2010 7:42AM

Silver embrace

Cradled in a silver embrace

Ears bejeweled with silver, throat kissed by silver Necklace and earrings

fingers cradled in its grasp


Devotion in every line of every piece, reflected in the polished surface 

Halting lines to begin - welds uncertain, joins rickety, finishes not quite burnished 

Growi… Read full post »

JANUARY 21, 2010 3:08PM

Corporate "persons" open your purses

The future of our political system:

Candidate A - brought to you by Proctor & Gamble

Candidate B - sponsored by Exxon

I can see it now - just like sports teams: like the Nascar drivers with 'FedEx" or "Red Man Moist Snuff" emblazoned across their uniforms on every available surface, lik… Read full post »

 Note:  This is a reposting of a piece I wrote a few weeks ago.  I did send this letter to the White House; I have not heard back.

Since writing this letter, my feelings of unease have deepened.  The defeat in MASS this week did not help, but it is not the… Read full post »

JANUARY 19, 2010 10:50AM

Once bitten, twice shy: Pit Bull attack

"Get in the car, get in the car GETINTHECAR!!"   I was screaming.  The dog was barking, growly, gravely meance deep in the back of the throat as my husband threw himself into the driver's seat and slammed the door.

 "It bit me!"  Photo from Flikr - posted by Paisleypitbull

"Seriously? Let me see.  Oh my god,… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2010 9:38AM

Will the real 'Me' please stand up?

This last week, I learned a lot about myself.  I didn't like much of what I learned.

It should have been one of the best, most exciting weeks of my adult life.  For only the third time ever, something I wrote appeared in print, endorsed by editors at a respected publicationRead full post »

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JANUARY 4, 2010 7:40AM

Fostering and taxes: how we parented and she gets paid

Pre school boy with back turned to camera

The going rate for a kid in the United States is $4,600 and change to families making $110,000 or less in 2009 .  At least that's what my tax prep computer program is telling me.  (A $3,650 dependant deduction plus a $1,000 child tax credit)  So, the mightier your uterus,… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2009 10:19AM

Cerulean: Colour of a winter heart

 winter skies


As the days shorten and the nights grow colder, sometime around the middle of October, I begin to anticipate.  My aspirations and my feelings bloom in the winter's gloom; they burst forth like arctic flowers under the thin steely light.  Sunsets take on extra… Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2009 10:12AM

Dear Mr. President

Dear Mr. President,

I have been one of your most faithful supporters.  It has not been easy; I live in the second most conservative city in the United States, according to the Bay Area Center for Voting Research.  Every time I wear my tie-dyed "Peace. Love. Change" Obama t-shirt to the… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2009 7:51AM

Things even Dilbert would hate

I like my job.  I'm certainly damn grateful to have it.  But sometimes, my colleagues and the other people I have daily dealings with just frickin' drive me crazy.   If I could tell them honestly what's bugging me, here's what I'd say:

For starters, don't address an email to me… Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2009 9:15AM

Sick and tired

“Well” exclaimed the doctor as he strode into my exam room this afternoon “You never want to be that 'interesting patient' but unfortunately, you ARE that interesting patient around here right now.”  He couldn't help himself – he was obviously thrilled to see someth… Read full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2009 7:43AM

God and kindergarten

Our six year old is learning the Pledge of Allegiance in school.  We're friends with his Kindergarten teacher, so we get to hear about some of the inner workings of the classroom; over the last few days, I've been absolutely astounded at the range of intellectual religious inquiry going on among… Read full post »

lump of coal Recently, while we were watching a goofy scyfy movie about dinosaurs, giant spiders and an inexplicably all-female exploration team who gets stuck dealing with them, a “clean coal” ad came on.  Normally, I don't pay much attention to television ads, but this one stuck i… Read full post »

It was 25 degrees and sleeting here in the West Texas today.  The stingy little pellets of sleet lurked on the cars as if to taunt all the little kids who are dying to see real life snow, many for the first time in their short lives.  

As I passed… Read full post »

I don't have a lot of faith that the newly proposed regulatory oversight of the consumer financial services industry will ever take place.  That's probably because I know first-hand how much money can be involved in even very small market sectors, and how many ripples across the system true regu… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2009 9:44AM

Us Two

Jacob and I read Winnie the Pooh last night - my childhood copy of the Pooh poems - Now We Are Six.

He has always loved this book, particularly the poem Us Two, even though he has been too small to understand much of it until recently.  (I have included a copy ofRead full post »