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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FEBRUARY 22, 2015 11:03AM

Thought for Today

FEBRUARY 16, 2015 11:31AM

Black on Black Crime: Made in America

Crips and Bloods Made in America I added a documentary to my Netflix watch list (streaming) more than a year ago.  Crips and Bloods: Made in America.  Every time I clicked on that menu to find a movie or show to watch, I skipped over that one, thinking I wasn’t in/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2015 7:05PM

Broken People


Broken people
Just read another sad post on Open Salon.

So many broken people suffering behind their screens.

But not just online.

Most  people I see on a daily basis are damaged in some way.





Diabetes and Hypertension.

Victims of abuse.

Has it always… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 6, 2015 6:11PM

This I Will Never Unsee


OS and the rest of the internet is ablaze with comments and discussions about the immolation by ISIL of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh and all it implies. 

People post links to stories from seemingly reputable sources that put a finer point on whatever his or her own… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2015 4:39PM

One Great Cop

There has been a lot of chatter on social media about rogue cops, racist cops, crooked cops and cowardly cops who shoot first and ask questions later.  Every now and then, someone will post about something a police officer has done that can momentarily change the tenor of… Read full post »

JANUARY 21, 2015 2:40PM

Nice Try, Right Wing

A. J. Calhoun, an Open Salon blogger most of us know, posted the following article from Politicus USA on Facebook earlier this week.  I shared the link with others not on Facebook and was encouraged to repost the article here. 



I was watching the news unfold in Paris all weekend, horrified and helpless.  On Saturday, my friends treated me to lunch and a movie.  We saw Unbroken, the new film directed by Angelina Jolie about the Italian immigrant named Louis Zamporini, who became an Olympic runner and… Read full post »

DECEMBER 31, 2014 5:38PM

Report Card on Selma, the Movie

Casting: A-

Cinematography: A

Screenplay: A (Paul Webb)

Lead Actor:  A+ (David Oyelowo)

Lead Female Actor: A  (Carmen Ejogo)

Direction: A  (Ava DuVernay)

It is one thing to watch the news on one’s black and white television set, news that was selected and edited and scrutinized… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2014 11:08AM


Christmas Facebook and OS post 2014
from LEZLIE and COQUI*

*Pronounced  CO-key

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DECEMBER 23, 2014 11:01AM

Possessions -- Open Call


After reading Just Thinking’s exquisite post about two white bowls, I got to thinking about all the things that surround me in my daily life and what they  mean to me.

Name your oldest possession(s) besides yourself and tell us their stories.  You can choose one orRead full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2014 12:28PM

Human with an *

As the conversation continues here on OS about the recent events of homicide-by-police here in the U.S., my mind has been on overdrive, searching for words constructed in such a way that might get the attention of people who insist racism is not the reason or the primary reason for these… Read full post »

This Bill Cosby business has caused me to wonder if I have ever been stupid and put myself in harms way when it comes to the prospect of rape.  I suppose one could say I do that every time I leave the house…or open the door to a man… Read full post »

 Those of us who are actively advocating for the anti-racism movement are often accused of having tunnel vision when it comes to black people behaving badly.  They accuse us of having a “My people, right or wrong” approach to every incident that morphs into a racial divi… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 28, 2014 1:49PM

A Stimulating Thanksgiving for L

“It’s cool being a black man, ‘cuz everybody’s afraid of you.”

My family’s Thanksgiving was destroyed by the greed of AT&T and the Kohl’s Department Stores.  We had to postpone it until tonight, so that my sister, her son and her grandson could toi… Read full post »

Take this blog and shove it
I ain't writing here no more
Everyone's left
And took all the reasons
I was writing for

You better not try to stand in my way
As I'm walking out the door
Take this blog and shove it
I ain't writing here no more

I've… Read full post »


1.  No matter how old a child gets, the child’s mother will worry about him or her until the day she dies.

When my son and his girlfriend were caught by Hurricane Odile while vacationing at the very tip of Baja California, Mexico, I was just as much a hot mess… Read full post »

We've done it!Talking to the Wall final cover

The project, which was undertaken more than  a year ago, by a team of Our Salon bloggers and myself, is finally completed and is now available online.

The ebook contains some things you should know, and some things you can say, when your… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 1:05PM

Living With L


Hello, my human’s virtual posse. I would say I hope all is well out there in the ether for you, but I keep up with what is going on here.  I know things have been – shall I say – interesting lately.

I wasn’t really paying all that much… Read full post »

 I couldn't figure out how to get the embed code, so please follow the link.  It's worth the effort.


L.  Read full post »

AUGUST 17, 2014 12:32PM

A Blockhead's Thoughts on Ferguson, MO




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 »

Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook

For full screen view, click on Play, then click on Full Screen icon in lower left corner. Read full post »
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 »