Archives - January 2015

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Jan. 28

Say it ain't so . . .

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Uncle Bill

            It’s always disappointing when you discover one of your idols has clay feet.  But when you discover the entire idol is made of clay and crumbling, it’s devastating.

            I grew up loving Bill Cosby with his elastic face and silly but serious sense of humor.  He became an icon of our progressive times when he starred in his own sitcom in the 1980s as Dr. Cliff Huxtable, the head of a black, upper middle-class family.  He was headed toward a lasting legacy that would be hard to ...

Jan. 15

My, oh my . . .

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Tweeting for Dummies

Here we go again.

·        “Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris.  (For all the wrong reasons.)  Obama couldn’t do it for the right reasons.”  – Randy Weber (@TXRandy14) – January 13, 2015

·        “On floor of house waiting on ‘Kommandant-In-Chef’ . . . the Socialistic dictator who’s been feeding US a line or is it ‘A-Lying?’” – Randy Weber (@TXRandy14) – January 28, 2014

·        “The Supreme Court seems to be in collusion with the President and his injustice department!” – Randy Weber, House Republican press conference after the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, June 2013

            First off, Hitler’s first name is spelled “Adolf.”  Second, really?  Kommandant?  Chef?  If you are sending tweets and expecting thousands to read them, for heaven’s sake, check your grammar, Mr. Weber. (I was ...

Jan. 14

Free speech triumphs yet again

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Je Suis Charlie

            The old metaphor is still true:  the pen is mightier than the sword.  I was horrified when I first heard the news and now have been moved to tears watching the video footage of the tributes across France.  Tens of thousands coming out to express their solidarity with the twelve slain, holding pens and pencils aloft. 

The written word is powerful.  Those things that we have committed to paper will outlive us all.  Just look at Shakespeare’s plays penned in the 16th and 17 ...

Jan. 2

Here we go . . .

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Political Platform Palooza

            Hello, 2015.  It’s hard to believe I have been writing this column for over three years now.  And in case anybody has missed any of my points, since I do take metaphorical side trips down memory lane every once in a while, here is a brief rundown of my political stances.  Let’s get this conversation started. 

·                             Animal Cruelty:  Punishments should be stiffer.  A lot stiffer.  Remember what Gandhi said –  We judge a society by the way it treats its animals.  That puts us in the doghouse.  (Note:  People who chain/tie their dogs outside should try a little bit of their own medicine, particularly during freezing winter or steaming summer weather.) 

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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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