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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JUNE 27, 2012 4:35PM

Kosh’s OC: Catching Up with L

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I came to OS in October 2009, mainly because my friendly ex-husband saw Julie and Julia and mentioned Salon.com.  I decided the “Open” aspect of OS was exactly what I was looking for, because I wanted to share my experiences with turning 65 right in the middle of losing my nest egg.  I wanted to vent and to warn others about the hell I experienced trying to work with Wachovia Mortgage to get my loan restructured in order to stay in my home. 

Well, I had to leave the home, but I was one of the few in my area who was successful in getting the bank to accept a short sale.  It took 18 months of daily calls, false promises, lost documents, and run-arounds the likes of which I hope never to see again.  When I closed the short sale, I was left zero proceeds.  I rented a townhouse from a friend/neighbor located directly across the street from my ex-house, and proceeded to find the road to healing.

Blogging has become so much more than sharing and venting over these three years.  As you will see, I slowly moved from mortgage and recession woes to telling the story of my life.  I covered the good, the bad and the ugly.  Once I ran out of memoir material, I morphed into politics, race relations, current events and literally anything that strikes my fancy.

I have chosen 10 of the posts I view with pride.  Two of my selections are actually series; the story was too long to cover in just one post. 

The Surprising History of My Hometown

My mother’s family moved to my hometown in the late 1800s.  They played a strangely historical part in the town’s development,

2. Real Families: Fireworks

Alcoholism has been a huge part of my life, but it has never been my own.  Family life never dull and never totally comfortable.

3. Zebras Can’t Blend In

A rare foray into the scary world of poetry explains what it felt/feels like to be a mixed-race person.

4. Series: Tripping to Tougaloo -- Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4

1964 was a hot time in the Civil Rights Movement.  This is the harrowing tale of my trip to Jackson, Mississippi with a carload of white students and our professor, from Ripon, Wisconsin

5. Series: A Funeral for the Ages – Parts 1, 2, and 3

My first husband was a piece of work.  When he died at the early age of 50, he left a legacy behind that is the stuff stand-up comedy is made of.

6. Lord of the Flies, Holden Caulfield and The Wire

Here I tried to compare and contrast the important elements of three wildly divergent works of art.

7. The Faux Faux Pas

It has been rare, but sometimes I try my hand at fiction.  This is better described as current-event-fiction.  I stow away in a prominent couples bedroom

8. Why I Ended My Career Early

I retired from my Fortune 100 public relations career at age 55 in 2000.  This piece explains how I reached that decision. My tongue was tucked firmly in my cheek.

9. A Hurst Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, not just for the feast – I learned to dread that part when it became my turn to create the spread – but for the togetherness.  This particular year stood out.

10. Who or What are Infidels?

I wrote this during the New York City Mosque controversy.  I tend to never take anyone’s word for much of anything.  I like to see for myself.

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This was not easy to do. In the close to 3 years I have blogged here, I have posted around 275 pieces! What the heck else did I ever do? :D

Looks like you've found the comfort zone...
I may not have read all of these, yet, but you are a great writer and as you and I know, a great teacher!:-) Thank you for all you've done for me.
wow, 275? I need to go get some dinner and check some of these, your favorites out. R for longevity, and I expect I will know soon, quality.
275? SLACKER!! :D

I should do this OC but I won't, most of my stuff is just STUFF!! :D


~wanders off into the thorn bushes~
I've always thought that would be a great OC idea. Terrific. 275? Mazel Tov. And, as far as I recall, all were quality.
Wow, Lezlie! 275 posts. So admirable. And I'm always impressed with your work. I need to work harder.
I remember many of these. The piece about your ex-husband's funeral was one of the most memorable things I've read here; the only difference between it and a slapstick comedy was the absence of pie-throwing. Hope OS sticks around long enough that you do another 275!
You have written some of the most memorable stuff and I have enjoyed reading it. You are a great writer and you are much appreciated. R and hugs.
You are all being so kind. I hope you will each take on Kosh's OC, too.

All great writing. Here's to the next 275!
You have written some really wonderful and memorable pieces, Lezlie. Thanks~r
I remember most of these, Lezlie. Got some catching up to do, I see. You know, you likely have enuf material already written to stitch a book together. Put me down for a signed copy!
I have read you from the start, and always honest, witty and interesting to say the least.
Working with you briefly on the RP pieces I admired your acumen at just about everything!
And truthfully, you remain someone I'd love to have a drink with.
You're the first I know about to take me up on this. Thanks for doing it. This is a great collection.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of these, in part because I want to see what these people pick. You've got way more posts than I do but I'm wondering how someone who blogs daily or close like Jonathan is going to handle this. Aside from the volume problems, I'm just curious what everyone finds important. Of the people I already know.

Of those I don't, I just want to find out exactly what I said I did.

I like My Back Pages but I suppose I could have used the Who's Who Are You? I just like My Back Pages better as a song.
I've read most of these Lezlie but not the Tougaloo series. I was just getting started and limited myself to just two nights a week on OS. That one will go on my reading list. Great idea from Kosh.
275 pieces, Lezlie, I can not even imagine myself reaching 20. Glad to meet you, since I am new in OS, and you gave me a lot to read. Rated.
I didn't know about why you came to OS. I'm glad you've stayed - I love reading you, and I can't wait to discover the posts on your list that I've missed!
Lezlie, we're the richer for your presence. I have found your stories sad, disturbing, funny, and up lifting. Sometimes all in the same story.
escrito or nada . . .
You bet there are wonderful people here.
Sometimes you sense a real magnificence.
I got to get gone gone. I be back later? Gone.
I agree
I came to Open Salon as blogger`Arthur.
Nobody calls me Arthur except FBI folk.
Kerry Lauderman may explain the Past?
He sure was nasty.
Interns deleted too.
One day was a riot.
The Topic was Justice.
I had a ball? He tell you?
I lost respect for honcho.
Every comment was deleted.
I could go on and on. Merci.
I may reveal. Show deletes?
It sorta makes me barf pizza?
I sure did came to Open Salon.

I learned to No Ever Cower!
I best get gone. I no cuss yet!
I make up a few outside. Bug!`

Glad we are all here. Amazing.
I feel like riding a zebra bare?
Ride Zebra with Amish Buggy.