- 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
- Objectivity and Taking Sides
July 20, 2014 07:07PM
- I Woke Myself Up While Making
June 25, 2014 12:39PM
- The Top 10 Things I've Always
Wanted to Say -- Marilyn's OC
June 23, 2014 04:15PM
- A Dad is Not About Biology
June 15, 2014 02:25PM
- Life for Young Males in
America's Urban Ghettos
June 02, 2014 06:25PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Stirring the pot this
morning are we, Jon? You
- “For you it was the only
acceptable choice, but there
- “Bon Voyage, Ande. I hope
we are all still here when
- “Amy: I am learning a lot
- “Where indeed? You have
made excellent points on
Jews are still…”
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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 »
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 »
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:
At first I thought it was a piece of bark. But… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
This mornin… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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