L in the Southeast

L in the Southeast
Location
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Birthday
November 04
Title
Retired PR Director
Bio
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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AUGUST 17, 2014 12:32PM

A Blockhead's Thoughts on Ferguson, MO

 

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That would be me.  My new best friend Arthur Louis bestowed me and others who believe racism plays a role in American policing and criminal justice with that moniker yesterday.

I have waited an uncharacteristically long period of time to weigh in on the incide… Read full post »

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AUGUST 1, 2014 1:05PM

How's That Workin' for Ya?

 

Your venom spews shrilly , day after day

Declaring the ignorance and moral decay

Of any and all who have something to say

That doesn’t exactly see it your way.

So…how’s that working for you?

The names that you call us just fall on deaf ears.

Your snark

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JULY 20, 2014 7:08PM

Objectivity and Taking Sides

 

I am not known for being indecisive.  I have opinions, some of which are pretty strong and non-negotiable. 

I am absolutely clear about my stance on:

-- abortion (for it)

-- gay rights (for them)

-- public  education (yes. It is the only way to pull people… Read full post »

I consider myself fortunate to be among the few OS friends who doesn’t wrestle with insomnia.  I only sleep about seven hours a night, but it is quality sleep. 

I have recently noticed that my dream patterns have changed drastically over the years.  Back in the day… Read full post »

10.  Should we have lunch in Paris or Sydney today?

9   No matter how hard I try, I cannot gain an ounce.

8.   I love everybody.

7.  Money is no object.

6.  No, I won’t marry you, but feel free to shower me with your money.

5.  I don’t give a… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2014 2:25PM

A Dad is Not About Biology

I last posted this tribute three years ago, so I thought I'd repost it in honor of  LeRoy A. Comer, who left this life in 1998.


 

A dad is a guy who tells his daughter how to handle boys.  He teaches her the responsibilities of driving a… Read full post »

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be a kid growing up in an inner-city ghetto?  Unless we have experienced it personally, many of us give it little thought, except for the daily barrage of media reports of car-jackings, drug deals, gang-banging deaths and shootouts in the parking lots… Read full post »

Elliot Rodgers, the Santa Barbara assassin, made some unconscionable comments about women in his so-called manifesto.  For whatever reason, the media has chosen to focus on the killer’s misogyny at the expense of a number of other equally troubling issues surrounding this tragedy.

It w… Read full post »

MAY 21, 2014 1:16PM

Don't Bug Me!

This morning in Atlanta was among the most beautiful I've experienced here.  As Coqui and I were taking a refeshing walk, something told me to look down before I took another step.  This is what I saw:

bug

 At first I thought it was a piece of bark.  But… Read full post »

MAY 16, 2014 3:58PM

I Choked Back Tears Today

I choked back tears today  I shook my head and sighed.

It hurts me when I hear about children who are neglected, beaten, starved and even murdered by their parents, the people who are supposed to protect them.  Little children have no voice.  The nine-month-old infant in Stone M… Read full post »

 

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?"

 

 

Lies

 

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

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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

OS JINGLES!

 

 

Jingle bells, OS smells,  

 

Like the good old days.

 

Open Calls are back again

 

And the gang is out to play.

 

 

(REPEAT)

 

 

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 »