Archives - December 2014

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Dec. 19

My East Texas Heaven

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Memories of Christmas Past

           We all have memories bound to the Christmas holidays.  The ones from my childhood are woven into the fabric of the person I am today.

            Riding in the back of Pawpaw’s pickup truck to the back woods beyond the bottom pasture on Christmas Eve in search of holly branches to decorate the fireplace mantel in the traditional red and green of the season. 

            The look on Grandmamma’s face when Granddaddy Cozart came back from the woods with the Charlie Brown Christmas tree he cut down every year.

            My brother and sister and I piled together in bed with Daddy on Christmas Eve when he says, “Listen.  Do you hear it?”  “What, Daddy, what?” we all cried.  “I think I heard the bells ringing on Santa Claus’s sleigh as it flew over.  Y’all better get to sleep quick.”  And as I closed my eyes and strained to ...

Dec. 10

Protests in the Streets

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Common Ground

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”  Abraham Lincoln

            We seem to have found ourselves in a quagmire of sorts over the last few weeks.  Blacks against whites.  Republicans against Democrats.  Liberals against conservatives.  Fox News against CNBC.  All centering around un-armed black men shot dead by police and the exuberant protestors who have taken to the streets in droves.

            Both sides have used hyperbole and fiery political rhetoric in defense of each of their causes. Syndicated columnist Nicholas Kristof reported that young black men are 21 times more likely to be shot and killed by police than young white men.  This report was picked up by mainstream media and reported one time too many.

            Fox’s Bill O’Reilly countered with his own facts:  In 2012, 123 African-Americans were shot dead by police.  In the same year, 326 white Americans were shot dead by ...

Dec. 9

Our schools in jeopardy

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Who Will Vouch for Public Education?

            Kinky Friedman, the perpetual underdog political candidate, once said about our state, “We’re first in executions.  We’re 49th in funding public education.  We’re in a race with Mississippi for the bottom, and we’re winning.”  Sad, but true.

            But our politicians have done one thing right for education. The Texas Legislature has defeated one proposal after another over the years trying to divert scarce taxpayer dollars from public education to private schools.  In the last legislative session, they voted 103 to 43, in a rare bi-partisan move, to ban any spending for private-school vouchers.

            That being said, Commissioner of Education Michael Williams, who was appointed by our illustrious Governor Perry, has decided to by-pass the will of the Legislature and the people of Texas.  He applied to the U.S. Department of Education for a federal grant to ...

Dec. 9

Your Cookie Recipe

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Hello, Erin

Check the top tab for my recipes.  Happy baking . . . 

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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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