Archives - April 2015

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Apr. 21

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A Woman's Place

            Andrew Jackson has been on the $20 bill since 1928.  Enough is enough already.  According to a national grassroots campaign:  “A woman’s place is on the money.”  The group targeted the change to take place by 2020, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which finally gave women in this country the right to vote. 

The Women on $20s group originally chose 15 possible candidates for a new $20 bill.

·        Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross

·        Margaret Sanger, who opened the first birth control clinic in America

·        Rachel Carson, a marine biologist and author of Silent Spring

·        Rosa Parks, the iconic bus rider and civil rights activist

·        Harriet Tubman, the famed abolitionist and conductor on the Underground Railroad

·        Shirley Chisholm ...

Apr. 16

Run, Hillary, Run

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W is for Woman

            It’s about dang time, America.  We now have a woman running for President of the United States who has a good shot at winning.  No symbol, no figurehead.  A solid, flesh-and-blood candidate.  We may actually have a female President less than 100 years after being granted the right to vote in this country.  And since a little better than half of our population is female, it’s not happening a moment too soon.  I will be pulling the lever in 2016 for Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Be still my heart.

            When I was a kid, East Texans had no desire for females to have equal rights in any way, shape, or form.  At big family dinners, women cooked the meal and then served it to the men at the dining room table while they waited their turn to ...

Apr. 10

Somebody's watching

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The Nanny State

            It’s funny how things change in our lives, especially when we’re not paying attention.  I am a rabid anti-smoker and was over the moon when laws started being passed outlawing smoking in public places.  When taxes go up on packs of smokes, I am the first to cheer.  The reasons for my antipathy are numerous.  The smell of cigarettes gives me a headache, the smoke causes my asthma to act up, and then, of course, I can’t breathe properly.  Before I married, I refused to date anyone who smoked because kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray.  And I always hated walking into places of business and then leaving with the smell of cigarette smoke soaked into my own clothes and hair. 

On a more tragic note, I have watched people I love die from lung cancer ...

Apr. 10

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Separation of Church and State

            It worries me that so many Americans seem to be turning away from religion, the mainstay, even backbone, of our country.  I see a microcosm of this in my classroom.  When I first started teaching 20 years ago, my students were quick to pick up on biblical allusions when we read literature together.  Now there may be only one or two per class who can still do it with ease.

            Young people seem to be straying the farthest from the path, and the reasons for this are numerous, too many to report in one article.  So I want to focus on just one:  the politicization of the churches in our country.

            Separation of church and state is not just for the protection of the state; it is also for the protection of the church.  Government is ...

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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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