Neurotic Owl

flying through clouds of uncertainty on wings of existential dread

Serafina Pekkala, Texas weirdness, and some other stuff.

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I thought I was done drawing the colouring book, but then I was rereading ‘His Dark Materials’, and so, you know, stuff happened.  Just as well, I miscounted and needed this one to make it to 50.

Also, it’s Rodeo time in Houston (aka the one time of year that Houston looks a little bit like non-Texans think it does, except for all of the humidity and art and, y’know, brown folks), and I find myself wondering.  Does any other state do Go —an day?  Like, schoolkids here have Go Texan! day every year, where they’re encouraged to dress up like they’re on hee-haw and learn line dancing and such.  Is there a Go Connecticut! day?  Go Maryland!?  Also, do y’all spend at least one year studing the specific history of your state in school?  I definitely spent at least one year, maybe more, on Texas history; is that a thing in, say, Rhode Island?

And finally, I don’t think I’ve plugged the International Rescue Committee yet.  Obviously they’re looking for donations, but they also list volunteer opportunites, as well as a ton of articles that make great reading/sharing.

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9 comments on “Serafina Pekkala, Texas weirdness, and some other stuff.

  1. nicole
    March 8, 2017

    Yes, we studied Delaware history but never dressed like a Delawarian. The ‘costume’ would depend on which county you were in! Lol

  2. S
    March 8, 2017

    I did learn NY history when I was a school girl back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. I only remember that Peter Minuit bought Manhatten for $24 in trinkets and that Peter Stuyvesant was the first Director – not sure if it was a full year / No GO NYC day

  3. mommatrek
    March 8, 2017

    I don’t know if other states force school kids to study at least a year of their state history but I’m pretty sure that we’re the only one with our own pledge to the flag seperate from the United States pledge. 😀 Go us?

    • Becca Barracuda
      March 9, 2017

      Stop it! Which state? So, at school do the kids say the US pledge AND the state pledge? I’m v curious about this!

      • naralesser
        March 9, 2017

        She’s a Texan too! And nope, just the regular pledge. I legit didn’t know there was a Texas pledge, so good job, Texas history class.

      • mommatrek
        March 9, 2017

        Texas. And yes…first the US pledge and then the Texas Pledge: Honor the Texas flag. I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas. One state under God, one and indivisible.”
        Which has always puzzled me..is God indivisible or the state? Because neither is true. God is the three faced God–God, The Son and the Holy Spirit. And the state of Texas has a provision in the state constitution that would allow for it being split into 5 states if that were needed.

      • Becca Barracuda
        March 9, 2017

        Oh my! I had no idea saying the pledge was so complicated in the Lone Star State!

      • mommatrek
        March 10, 2017

        LOL I never really have given it much of a thought since it’s something you’re taught to do from the time you start public school. My husband (who is from Oklahoma) thought it was super weird when he first moved here.

  4. Becca Barracuda
    March 9, 2017

    Um, the only time we really studied Illinois history is when we took the state constitution test in 7th or 8th grade. Oh, and Abraham Lincoln. Shocker, IL being the slacker state…

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