- Atlanta, Georgia, United States
- November 04
- Retired PR Director
- I am a retired Public Relations professional who now writes purely for fun and catharsis. I covered most of my memoir-type pieces in the first three years here. Lately I have dabbled in politics, current affairs, pop culture and movie reviews. Life is my muse.
MY RECENT POSTS
- A Bedtime Story for the
Children of the Right
December 10, 2013 12:39PM
- OS JINGLES!
December 07, 2013 10:56PM
- When Nothing Seems Good Enough
December 06, 2013 03:33PM
- The Murder of Hope
November 22, 2013 02:15PM
- Urban Decay and Feral Teens
November 17, 2013 10:45AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “M. Todd, I am
intelligent enough to
understand that I get
pay for. If I w…”
- “Were it not for the
traffic jam, this post would
have made me
homesick for my
- “My ideas come whenever
I'm not expecting on and they
slippery as eels.
- “Excellent, as usual,
Bob. When the workers at
can't even afford
- “Thanks, Pea Dub. I am of
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L in the Southeast's Links
- MY LINKS
Once upon a time, hundreds of years before now, there was a land far from here called Europe. This land had many kinds of people. Some had very white skin, some had pinkish skin, and some had skin that caused the color of olives to come to mind.… Read full post »
Jingle bells, OS smells,
Like the good old days.
Open Calls are back again
And the gang is out to play.
Smashing through the angst
In the name of Christmakkuh,
We all give our thanks
For fun… Read full post »
A dear friend’s husband died last Friday. She and I worked together when I lived in California. My husband and I bought a home in the same town she and her husband lived in when we met.
PJ is such a special woman. She earned her Ph.D. in… Read full post »
So many of my fellow writers here are much younger than I. Some terrific essays have been posted in the past few days, but most of the true memories of the day John F. Kennedy was slain have been from those of you who were in elementary… Read full post »
It appears the simulated violence in video games is no longer exhilarating enough for some urban teenagers. There’s a new game in town that is all the rage among seemingly asocial posses of thrill seekers. They call it Knockout.
The object of the game? To see if the te… Read full post »
At first glance, I’m pretty sure I look like a real girly-girl. I admit to paying meticulous attention to my public presentation – clothes must fit, hair must be neat and the melasma spots on my cheeks concealed. And I never leave the house without earrings! … Read full post »
In a recent comment in a thread on Open Salon, one of the familiar right-wingers described Medicare as a “fiscal disaster.” My first inclination was to ask him to back up that statement. That, after all, is what he would have said to me had I made… Read full post »
I don’t usually attend meetings anymore. I hate them. Nothing much ever gets accomplished and I have grown weary of watching people lie to my face. I prefer to get my lies indirectly; i.e., from the media.
Last night was different, though. My county has run into… Read full post »
What’s up, blogsters? Coquette “Coqui” intheSoutheast here. You might remember me – I’m the cutie pie pooch in the pictures in her banner, above.
L has been having quite a dry spell as far as writing is concerned.&n… Read full post »
A regular reader of my blog recently sent me an email, asking if I am okay. He hadn’t seen a post from me since September 23, 2013; quite a departure from my tendency to weigh in with a rant or two during times of national political turmoil.
I threw caution and many hundreds of dollars to the wind this past weekend. When longtime OS friend Amy Abbott suggested I fly to Washington D.C. for the meet-up she was planning in concert with OSer Jonathan Wolfman, my first reaction was “I can’t afford to… Read full post »
My carcass has been parked on this very spot since noon today. Four hours later, two of the world’s top tennis players, Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Stanislaus Wawrinka (Switzerland) are lurching about the Arthur Ashe court in New York City, still battling through their utte… Read full post »
I’m so confused. Here are a list of questions I have about the crisis in Syria that I have no conclusive answers for:
1. The U.S. government is swearing they are positive it was Assad who authorized the nerve-gas attack on his own people. Do they really know… Read full post »
I am up in years. I can’t deny that, but the recent release of Lee Daniels’ The Butler really makes that fact take on a bold headline.
No, unlike the subject of the movie, Cecil Gaines, I wasn’t born on a cotton plantation. I didn’t stand out in… Read full post »
*my name for my recently diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
As a general rule, Americans don’t much appreciate conversations about bodily functions. Have you noticed? I know I don’t…or didn’t.
I’ll never forget the first time I saw a commercia… Read full post »
I have recently entered a period of mourning. There has been a death in my spirit. It was a slow and periodically painful demise, sometimes interspersed with generous periods of joy and celebration.
Like MS,the disease that has visited my body off and on for decades, my spiri… Read full post »
All of the above has happened since Friday. Am I being tested?
Two weeks ago my landlord decided to have the air conditioning unit serviced for the first time in three years. I had never had any problems with the AC.
As is usually the case,… Read full post »
George Zimmerman is the kind of man who needs a gun to compensate for the things he lacks. Objectivity. Courage. Athleticism. Self-Awareness. Honesty.
The gun, to the GZ’s of the world, is the great equalizer. “I might be a wimp, but I have a gun, so I&rsqu… Read full post »
I am among the millions who are on pins and needles waiting for a jury of six women in Sanford, Florida to decide the fate of the man who profiled a teenager on a rainy Sunday evening and ruined two families forever.
I could never say what's on my mind any… Read full post »
I wrote a piece for The Broad Side that I really wanted to share with my OS readers. Joanne Bamberger, TBS founder and editor has graciously allowed me to post the first two paragraphs as a teaser, with a link to TBS to read the complete post.
N is… Read full post »
On Saturday morning (June 22, 2013) at 5:30 a.m. about a dozen people were standing in line outside a local store that sells gear for trendy young people. A man walked up to the group, pulled a gun, and told them to hand over the no less than… Read full post »
There was a time when even a person as famous as Paula Deen could be sued by an employee, reach a settlement/hush money agreement and carry on with nothing lost but a hefty pile of cash.
To quote some grammatically challenged person from the past, “Them days is… Read full post »
Who do our loyal bloggers have to pay off to get a little attention over here?
The way I know I am getting somewhere in a conversation about race is when one or more of the people in the discussion start squirming or trying to change the subject.
Then and only then is when there is the teeny-tiniest chance of persuasion. That discomfort signals,… Read full post »