Booted feet on the desk, along with a pack of Marlboros and a keyboard, columnist and author and lecturer Molly Ivins is trying to write about her father. It’s not easy. He was a bear. An oil man. And a Republican. Ivins is a bear too, or maybe, as she describes herself, a Saint Bernard among greyhounds, but she is profoundly enraged by racism, war and inequity, just for starters. And she is a Democrat. Who graduated from Smith. Born and raised in East Texas.