Archives - October 2014


Oct. 31



For the Love of Sammy

            Will Rogers once said, “If there are no dogs in heaven, then I want to go where they went.”  Two weeks ago we lost our fifteen-year-old cocker spaniel Sammy.  We got him as a companion for Chaucer, our older dog, who has been pushing up tufts of new-sprung grass for three years now.  They shared the same parents:  Sadie and Rocky Joe Cocker, a sassy little spotted spaniel with Groucho Marx eyebrows. 

            Sammy wasn’t my first choice from the litter of ten.  I had my eye on a fat spotted pup, but my husband and two sons insisted on the coal-black runt with the white star on his chest.  Thank goodness.  We named him Samson.  But that name was too formal and never really stuck.   He has always been just Sammy to us ...

Oct. 19

Gay Marriage


The Times They Are A-Changing

            In January my husband and I will celebrate 28 years of marriage:  the old-fashioned kind – a man and a woman married by a Baptist preacher in a church.  I firmly believe that stable marriages are the backbone of this country and that children flourish in these stable environments.  That being said, my ideas about marriage have definitely evolved over the years – just like the President’s. 

            Let’s take a look back:  In 2005 Texans overwhelmingly supported Proposition 2, placing an amendment on our state ...

Oct. 16



Homegrown Democrat

             I first started writing this column in the summer of 2011.  Goodness, how time flies when you’re having fun picking on conservatives.  My first article was titled “Perplexed Students and Yellow Dog Democrats.”    Having received my fair share of negative emails and negative comments about my beliefs in letters to the editor of this paper over the past three-plus years, I decided to re-visit the beginning of that first article because these are things I still truly believe:

            “I come by my liberalism honestly … it is inherited from my mother and grandmother.  When my grandmother died several years ago, I only asked for three things:  a hand-pieced quilt I had helped her stretch when I was a little girl; the Bible she used for over fifty years to carefully plan her Sunday school lessons at the ...

Oct. 2

Texas, Our Texas


Dan "Pants on Fire" Patrick

            Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, is at it again.  In 2011 he voted for the state budget that cut $5.4 billion from public schools.  The same budget that Sen. Wendy Davis filibustered.  He is now claiming that he “led the charge” to restore those funds to the schools.  But guess what?  Not only did he not lead the charge, he voted against restoring some of the funding in 2013.  Liar, liar, pants on fire, Mr. Patrick.

            Patrick’s main agenda for public education in the state of Texas is to ruin it.  (That is not political hyperbole.)  He has used his chairmanship of the Senate Education Committee to promote reforms such as providing private-school vouchers to divert even more money from the funding of public schools – as if we had ...

Listening to the whispering pines

Hello. My name is Donna Cozart Pauley. Welcome to The Whispering Pines, a literary blog dedicated to my love of the written word. It is an eclectic collage of my life -- from my poems to my stories to my family to my pets to my causes to my photographs to my recipes to my love of teaching to my favorite literature. Please feel free to comment. Words are only important if they are heard or read. Just like those soundless trees falling in the forest.

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