Archives - February 2015


Feb. 26

Healthcare for All



            If there’s one thing I’ve discovered about far-right-wingers in the past few years, it’s that they never let facts get in the way of their paranoia. 

            The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been on a roll this past year, despite the Republican party’s numerous attempts to trash it.  We currently have 6.5 million people receiving tax credits to help pay for insurance through the federal marketplace (, if you’re interested).         The ACA success stories are too numerous to relate.  Like the Ohio Republican profiled in Time magazine.  Her coverage was initially cancelled.  She states she had to overcome “a lot of talk that this is a bad law.”  She enrolled her family through and had to pay a little more than she had been paying.  (I can hear the right-wingers ...

Feb. 16

Love is all you need . . .


Marriage for All

            Dateline:   Alabama, February 2015.  This past week in major county seats like Birmingham, Montgomery, and Huntsville, same-sex couples lined up at courthouses for marriage licenses.

            Judge Michael Graffeo officiated at the first wedding for Dinah McCaryer and Olanda Smith:  “I now pronounce Olanda and Dinah are married spouses, entitled to all rights and privileges, as well as all responsibilities, afforded and placed upon them by the state of Alabama.”  Who woulda thunk it?  Alabama has caught up with the times before Texas.

            However, in the small town of Troy, all was quiet at the county courthouse.  The powers that be decided not to grant any marriage licenses at all if they had to hand them out equally.  To hell with the federal government.

            On Sunday night, February 8, Roy Moore, Alabama’s chief justice, sent ...

Feb. 5

Mama Grizzly


Open Mouth, Insert Foot

            I hate to kick a girl when she’s down . . . oh, never mind.  It’s Sarah Palin, the self-proclaimed Mama Grizzly.  She has dished out enough public abuse of her own to take a little herself.  Besides, I’m mostly just using her own words against her.

            Palin first came onto the national scene in 2008 when John McCain chose her as his running partner in the Presidential campaign.  Who knows how he might have fared without her on the ticket dragging him down.  McCain’s people pretty much kept a lid on her, shielding her from interviews, not allowing her to give a speech on election night.  And who could blame them when jewels like this were coming out of her mouth:

            “As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where ...

Feb. 3

My odyssey


Stories R Us

My life revolves around stories.  Stories in my high school classroom where I teach English, stories we pass around in the teachers’ lounge, stories I share with my family, stories I watch on television and at the theatre, stories I write for this newspaper column.   Our whole lives are stories themselves.

I began my storytelling odyssey at the First Baptist Church of Gary.  It was a small church, nestled beneath grand East Texas slash and loblolly pines.  By closing my eyes and listening to the wind blowing through the branches of those Heaven-reaching trees, I could hear the faint rustling of angels’ wings. 

            I was convinced that God spoke to me whenever He could.  When I went outside, I often heard Him -- in the gurgling water of the little brown creek in Mamma and Pawpaw’s ...

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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