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Gary, Texas Gary, Texas

Gary, my hometown, is located in Panola County.  These pictures date over the last 100 years.

Billy Collins Billy Collins

Billy Collins, one of my favorite "living" poets.  Corey and I went to his poetry reading when he came to Houston, where we shared lanyard stories.


From "The Lanyard"


. . . . .

She gave me life and milk from her breasts,

and I gave her a lanyard.

She nursed me in many a sickroom,

lifted teaspoons of medicine to my lips,

set cold face-cloths on my forehead,

and then led me out into the airy light

and taught me to walk and swim,

and I, in turn, presented her with a lanyard.

Here are thousands of meals, she said,

and here is clothing and a good education.

And here is your lanyard, I replied . . . . .

Family Family

Family members

Menagerie Menagerie

Favored animals over the years

I Love Teaching I Love Teaching

Scenes from my life as a teacher of life and literature

Nature Rules Nature Rules

Dedicated to my love of nature

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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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