L in the Southeast

L in the Southeast
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.


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It’s Easter Sunday and I sit watching a PBS series called Civil War: The Untold Story.  As it happens, my home sits on the very spot where the infamous Battle of Atlanta took place in 1864.  This was considered the bloodiest battle in the Georgia campaign of… Read full post »


doctor and tablet
Fifteen years ago, when I started using my current doctor as my primary care giver, the best part of any office visit was the chitchat, the catching up on family and work issues.  Dr. M. is a petite, gentle-voiced woman in her forties or…

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MARCH 21, 2014 1:59PM

L's Latest Dumbass Stunt


Have you ever gone ahead and done something about which your little inner voice was whispering “Bad idea.  Don’t do it.  Uh uh, don’t?”

Well, Monday morning, I made myself a $525 cup of tea!

I was leaving to go to the senior center to register for the next… Read full post »


Amazon Prime
It’s so funny to me the way things happen sometimes.  Just the other day a Facebook friend who had just signed up for Amazon.com’s Prime Membership was wondering if she had done the wise thing.  I assured her that I certainly thought so.


This mornin… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2014 4:52PM

A Valentine's Day Tale


Our eyes met while we both stood in line at the supermarket deli.  I recognized him instantly, but wasn’t sure he’d remember me.

His handsome face was slightly more lined, which only made him look that much more virile.  The thick, wavy black hair was graying aroun… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2014 12:43PM

Woody Allen: Genius or Pedophile?


I’ve just finished reading the Open Letter to Woody Allen that was written by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.

I have no doubt at all about her story. I just saw a comment on Facebook that said we ought to wait until the truth is determined before we… Read full post »

MLK and Malcolm X


Date: January 20, 2014

Place: Heaven or a reasonable facsimile

Martin Luther King glances over at Malcolm X.  From their fluffy perch in the clouds, they were both watching as MLK’s holiday played out.

Malcolm:  I don’t know, Martin.  It doesn’t lo… Read full post »

DECEMBER 30, 2013 2:35PM

"Great, Thanks! Yours?"





A Facebook friend of mine posted that sign yesterday.  This morning, a neighbor who was driving past me and my dog Coqui stopped, lowered the window and shouted “How was your Christmas?”

“Great,” I lied.  “Yours?”

&ld… Read full post »

  Silver and blue christmas tree

Little L would lie in bed and wait for it:  that magical feeling that started right after Santa Claus finally brought up the rear of the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. 

The anticipation of things to come was like a drug to Little L.  She loved the&nb… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2013 1:52PM

Affluenza* -- A Rich Boy's Plea

 Ethan Couch 2

Ethan Couch

Now I’ve heard everything!  He did it because his family is too wealthy to teach him any better.

Sixteen-year-old Texan Ethan Couch killed four people last June when he crashed into them at 70 miles per hour, having a blood alcohol level three times… Read full post »


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 »

DECEMBER 7, 2013 10:56PM




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


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DECEMBER 6, 2013 3:33PM

When Nothing Seems Good Enough

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 »

NOVEMBER 22, 2013 2:15PM

The Murder of Hope


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 »

NOVEMBER 17, 2013 12:18PM

Urban Decay and Feral Teens

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 »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 7, 2013 1:18PM

I Can't Remember Anymore, But I Think It Was Better Than Sex

 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 »

OCTOBER 30, 2013 8:38PM

A Town Meeting With the Seniors


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 »

OCTOBER 17, 2013 12:27PM

Coqui Pinch Hits for L


Coqui small for blog 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 »

OCTOBER 14, 2013 3:41PM

U.S. Politics: Theater of the Absurd

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… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 5:48PM

Friendships Built Inside Out


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 »

AUGUST 31, 2013 4:33PM

About Syria...Wait. What?


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 »

AUGUST 15, 2013 12:47PM

Eminess* Strikes Again


*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 »