Archives - March 2015


Mar. 21



The Year of My German Soldier

            I have come home to bury my mother.  Home to Pine Hollow in the rolling green hills of Panola County, where the muddy Sabine flows just to our east.  Here my mother Mae Bonner was born and raised, as were her mother and grandmother before her.  She loved this little town and never left its confines, no matter what sirens called in the distance.

            I slept in Mama’s bed last night, or at least tried to sleep.  The crickets chirping from the back woods didn’t lull me as they had done when I was a little girl, lying with the window open to catch any stray breezes, so I stayed up most of the night trying to write a eulogy.  But no words yielded to my pen.   I finally gave up and pulled her ...

Mar. 9

Our loss . . .


The Misplaced Monarch

            I’ve often written of my sorrow over the loss of lightning bugs in Texas.  When I was a child, the summer sky was so thick with the insects, I almost felt I could cover myself in them like some kind of magical cloak.  My siblings and I often caught them in a glass jar to use by our bedside as a nightlight.  Which never worked as planned.  Now the ephemeral insects are few and far between – a symbol of my lost childhood.

            But I have somehow managed to forget about another facet of nature from my childhood – the iconic orange and black Monarch butterfly.  And it is easy to forget because they have virtually disappeared from the landscape.  Earlier this year the Monarch was placed on the national endangered species list.

            Twenty years ago ...

Mar. 4

Fighting Evil


Jihadi John

            Interesting news came out last week – the identity of Jihadi John, the man with the decidedly British accent in the infamous ISIS beheading videos.  His name is Mohammed Emwazi:  a 27-year-old British citizen born in Kuwait and raised in Queen’s Park, an affluent section of London.  This monster actually graduated from the University of Westminster with a degree in computer programming.  The world is a strange place, isn’t it?  Here’s a college-educated young man raised in a civilized society who somehow managed to turn into the epitome of internet evil, the bogeyman under our beds.

            Emwazi first appeared on the flashy ISIS video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley.  He also appeared in the murder videos of American journalist Steve Sotloff, British aid worker David Haines, British taxi driver Alen Hennings, American aid worker Peter ...

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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