Archives - July 2015

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Jul. 22

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The Tail of Boudreaux

“What greater gift than the love of a cat.”  Charles Dickens

            Have you ever heard a tale so improbable it couldn’t possibly be true?  A stretcher, as Huckleberry Finn would say.  I have several such tales about our tomcat Boudreaux, but all bona fide.  Let me, appropriately, begin at the beginning.

            He came to us with his brother, two homeless kittens my sister rescued.  We named them Thibodeaux (a gray tabby) and Boudreaux (a white cat with gray tabby markings) after my husband’s favorite ...

Jul. 20

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Courage

            I always go back to my roots in the distant hills of East Texas, especially when thinking of the intangible qualities that have colored my life. For instance, my seven grandmothers are metaphors for courage.  Big Mama was sixteen years old when she married her 45-year-old husband.  Rumor has it her father was given two mules for her hand in marriage.  Her new husband needed a helpmate to work his farm with him in remote Brushy Bottom.  She quickly bore him six children, one of whom was my paternal grandmother, and never wavered in her faithfulness to her husband or her children.  In their wedding photo, he is a graying man with a drooping mustache, she a sad young schoolgirl with a big bow on the side of her head.

            Mawmaw, a Choctaw Indian, married ...

Jul. 15

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Mississippi Hero

            During our recent Southern sojourn, my friend Kelley and I immersed ourselves in the Civil Rights history of the area as well as the literary history.  We began at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which has now been turned into the National Civil Rights Museum.   Standing outside the motel room where King drew his last breaths was a humbling, melancholy experience.

            While in Oxford, Mississippi, we visited the statue of James Meredith on the campus of Ole ...

Jul. 7

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Mississippi Reverie

            Sometimes I think America has a split personality. And the news media plays both sides against the middle.  Remove the Confederate flag.  Keep the Confederate flag.  Gay marriage should be the law of the land.  Gay marriage is the bane of our society.  Obamacare is the best thing that has happened to healthcare in a long time.  Obamacare is ruining this country.  It’s like the Civil War never ended, though now it is left against right instead of North against South.  We just ...

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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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