Soon, the Special Legislative Session will flood us once more with a whole mess of unpleasant facts about the Lone Star State...things like our having the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world and our increasingly high number of unvaccinated children and the way our foster children are not even allowed to be vaccinated anymore and are about to be subjected to the horrible child abuse of gay conversion therapy...it just does not even seem bearable that we must endure a Special Session of Wickedness here while still dealing with a Congress of Wickedness as well. But such is our reality.
You, Gentle Readers, know that I am not one to turn my face from reality and choose pleasant distractions over action for social, economic and environmental justice. I do not recommend that you cover your ears and lose yourself in adult coloring books and Pinterest, for instance. We must face reality. We must pay attention. We must act.
That said, there is nothing wrong with simple pleasures and diversions in reasonable measure and, at a time when there is so much about Texas to fear, it is nice to be able to think of some things about us that are simply fun and interesting as well. To that purpose, I am bringing back a long ago series on this blog as a bit of a re-run if you will (since most of these things have not changed in a decade): Lone Star Facts on Fridays. This series brings you a tiny factlet about the Lone Star State's geography and symbols each Friday - the names of our rivers, our state insect - tiny tidbits of that sort.
Look for our first addition of this second run on Friday, a week from today. I hope these morsels help to keep your spirits up.
Lone Star Ma