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Laura Deurmyer

Laura Deurmyer
Location
Texas,
Birthday
December 22
Bio
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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DECEMBER 3, 2009 9:00AM

Snow on red suzuki

 

 snow haiku

 

 Wind howls  across plains

 

Snow falls on red suzuki,

 

Delighted kindergartner

 

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This is my stand-by cookie recipe.  I love it because you can make almost any type of cookie out of it - it just depends on what you throw in.  The original recipe was for coconut cookies.  I baked coconut cookies as well as mint-dark-chocolate chip walnut cookies this weekend.&nb… Read full post »

There were seven of us for Thanksgiving dinner this year; three under the age of seven and four marooned parents unable to return to our family homes for one reason or another.  My husband's parents are long-dead; our friends' families live far, far away.  Me - my parents are about a… Read full post »

There were seven of us for Thanksgiving dinner this year; three under the age of seven and four marooned parents unable to return to our family homes for one reason or another.  My husband's parents are long-dead; our friends' families live far, far away.  Me - my parents are about a… Read full post »

First, let me be clear.  I am not a Catholic, with a capital "C".  Two of my closest friends are Catholic, so I've attended services from time to time and am somewhat familiar with the mindset that allows some American Catholics to practice their faith while flouting direct orders from head… Read full post »

As I type, I am listening to the roll call from the Fort Hood memorial service.  Ironically enough, I was running all over town at the noon hour getting a veterans’ day tribute poster printed for our company lunch room, so I was really late going to lunch; this delay landed/… Read full post »

Ah, the joy of self-delusion.  It's a self-perpetuating, always- filled fount of soothing nonsense.  I drink from it regularly.  That's what keeps me sane.

Otherwise, I'd have to admit to myself that  the image in my head that constitutes "me" is just poppycock.  

So, when I… Read full post »

There's not much to do while driving around West TX.  Most of the time, when you're between major cities, off and back onto the Caprock and tooling across miles and miles of oil-producing wasteland, there are limited radio choices.  Sometimes, the only choice is talk radio, otherwise known… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 2, 2009 9:58AM

Halloween and the holidays, minus one

I'm a big holiday tradition sort of gal.  The period of time between Halloween and New Year's passes as an action packed blur from the annual Bring Your Own Pumpkin carving party to the ceremonial decorating of the tree to the party-time nonsense of New Year's.  Throw in my birthday and… Read full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2009 1:25PM

The aliens stole my memories

I am forty-two years old.  Pretty sure – let me check.  Yes.  Forty-two.  This is not old.  This is barely middle-aged.  So why do my memories of years gone by seem shrouded in distance and covered with uncertainty?

 

I know that interesting things have happene… Read full post »

 

angry grizzly 

10:       These darn icicles keep sticking to my coffee cup.

 

9:         Stretches with more than 1,000 miles between donut shops.

 

8:         Bears.

 

7… Read full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2009 1:33PM

Sucks to be a mom

Childhood is a thing of the past.  Parents may be helicoptering, but they aren’t allowing their offspring to take anywhere near as long to grow up as we got back in the seventies.  Being a mom in this environment is tough.  When does letting a very young child be a very youn/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2009 8:27AM

Lonesome roads and time warps

Driving the highways of West Texas – the roads between Amarillo, Abilene, Midland and Lubbock – one is struck by the sameness.  Miles and miles of dun colored fields dotted with dark green cotton plants, grazing steers or pumping oil wells.  Houses hunker down in the middle of t… Read full post »

10:          Blood is so hard to get out of carpet.

9:            Glen Beck will actually have something to cry about.

8:            Those milit… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2009 8:32AM

How to survive a "bloodless" coup

“There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America's military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the "Obama problem." Don't dismiss it as unrealistic.

America isn't the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized. That it has never happened doesn't meanRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 4:12PM

Just a slacking-off Martha-mom wanna be

I wrote this in May 2007 when I first started working again after three plus years as a stay-home mom.  The post on OS today from Will Someone Feed the Cat?  reminded me of how quickly time passes in the life of a family.  Me working has become a way ofRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 8:20AM

Thoughts on being a janitor insurance whore

The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, the Ritz in Pasadena, martinis in NYC’s Oak Room, Opus One with dinner, New Orleans’ Antoine’s for lunch – traveling on the dime of Fortune 1000 corporate America was a pretty heady experience for a twenty-something whose only previous exposure to… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 10:59PM

Bill Maher can kiss my fat ass!

I guess in my joy at having someone, anyone, other than Jon Stewart, Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann on TV who is openly progressive, I sometimes forget that Bill Maher is deliberately offensive for a living.  He so often says things that make sense to me that when he makes one… Read full post »

Republic of Greater Texas

At the stop light today, I looked around at the cars on both sides of us and at the ones entering the freeway to our right.  During the time it took that light to turn green, I counted one TEA (Taxed Enough Already) window sticker, one Sons of Confederate Veterans license… Read full post »

At the stop light today, I looked around at the cars on both sides of us and the ones entering the freeway to our right.  During the time it took that light to turn green, I counted one TEA (Taxed Enough Already) window sticker, one Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate,… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 7:27PM

Joe Wilson talks to his mom:

 

Machine picks up: 

‘You’ve reached the Wilson residence.  No one is available…”

“Addison Graves Wilson, you pick up that phone!  I know you’re there….don’t you screen me, young man!”

“Hi Mom.” 

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I’m so nervous that I have actual twisting, turning butterflies in my stomach.  My feelings of anxiety are not for me, at least not in any immediate sense.  They are for something much larger – the future of US civilization as I’d always imagined it.

 

If I am to conti… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 2:31PM

Those Workin' Mama Blues

As I sit here typing, I am holding back tears.  It’s not my job – I like my job.  It’s not anything definite – there’s nothing wrong.  Not really.  I guess I shouldn’t have taped the picture of my two boys to the filing cabinet opposite my desk./… Read full post »

I am getting divorced.  Actually, my whole family is.  We are divorcing our community.  Call it irreconcilable differences.  Just like a marital divorce, it hurts terribly.

For the past five years or so, my husband and I, who identify as Christians of the “Matthew 25”… Read full post »

Her eyes gleaming with angry disdain, my friend tossed her head and declared “If they want health insurance, then they can get a job!  We already give people way too much for nothing.  All welfare does is keep black people in slavery, while it lets us think we’re NOT in slavery!… Read full post »