Archives - November 2014


Nov. 22

Now What?


Immigration for Dummies

            Let the brouhaha begin.  White House officials have announced that President Obama intends to by-pass the Republicans and announce a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration enforcement system.  The plan is to protect up to five million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation and provide many of them with work permits.  A key component of the plan is to allow illegal immigrants who are the parents of children who are American citizens to obtain legal work documents.  The worry of being separated from family will be dissipated.   

            Here are other parts of the plan:  expand opportunities for immigrants who have high-tech skills, shift some of the nation’s 12,000 immigration agents to our Southern borders (about time), and provide clearer guidance to our immigration agencies about who should be a low priority for ...

Nov. 20

Keystone Pipeline


Native Lands

            I was blessed with ten grandparents when I was born in Gary, Texas, nestled in the hills and pines of Panola County in deep East Texas.  The oldest was Mawmaw, my great-great-grandmother.  She was a storyteller, like all of my grandparents, who wove tales for us about coming to Texas with her family in a covered wagon when she was a pig-tailed little girl.  She died when I was eight years old, but her stories still live through me.

            What I didn’t know at the time was that her story was incomplete.  I found out that she was a Choctaw when I was an adult and am still not sure if it was a dirty little family secret or if my relatives really saw it as no big deal.  Her dark skin, I assumed, was just a remnant of ...

Nov. 14



The Right to Vote

             King Abdulla of Saudi Arabia, bless his stinking heart, has granted women in his country to right to vote beginning in 2015.  Welcome to the 21st century, your highness.  Now you might want to think about giving women the right to drive.  Or the right to attend funerals and enter cemeteries.  How about not prosecuting rape victims for leaving the house without a male companion or for getting pregnant afterwards.  Or not allowing religious police to roam the streets beating any woman who shows too ...

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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