troubles in texas

Our thoughts for the past few days have turned south and west toward my home state of Texas, and Pretty’s second home state with me when we were bi-stateual from 2010 – 2014. We are a thousand miles from our Worsham Street neighborhood in Montgomery, Texas which this week has been under seige by a deep winter freeze that blanketed the entire state with snow, ice, wintry mix, whatever term the weather people choose to give the vicious storm creating havoc with the safety and daily needs of all citizens of the Lone Star State.

We are deeply concerned for our family and friends who call Texas home – some without power, some without water, some with no phone service, some with very little food, most without heat for 4 – 5 days – and indeed, all the people of Texas and the surrounding area who have been affected by yet another disaster.

Thanks to my cousin Nita Jean in Austin who shared this photo:

her neighbor’s backup water stash

A pandemic called Covid continues to claim lives every day in Texas, South Carolina, the United States, worldwide even in the midst of earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, and other disasters. My cousin Diane in Texas said tonight, “What’s next, locusts?”

Wishing our family and friends in Texas (and all of you in cyberspace) safety and sanity in these troubling times. Please stay tuned.

The Lone Star State flag flies with the US flag in Montgomery, Texas

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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7 Responses to troubles in texas

  1. Clever water store. Feel for them all — they’re used to suffering from the heat normally 😉

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  2. Luanne says:

    Oh that photo! Just awful. I have worried about so many in Texas, especially the most vulnerable. And the animals, including on the ranches. I was not able to get my vaccine today, and they blamed Texas. Supply distribution issues.

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  3. Wayside Artist says:

    We will have to drag Texas into the new age kicking and screaming. I think many residents are ready. May everyone soon have heat, water, and fresh food. My God!!

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    • Perhaps Texans can turn to their Senator Cruz for help in these difficult times?
      Oh, no. I forgot. He’s in Cancun.
      Some of my friends and family in Texas are ready for the new age – others cling to “keep the guvmint out of my bidness.”
      Have mercy.


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