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 2, 2011 3:45PM


If there were a way for another person to somehow tap into my inner sound track, I would be committed to the nearest psychiatric facility before sundown this evening. 

My mind is constantly blaring some form of music unless I am reading, talking or typing on this keyboard.  Has… Read full post »

MAY 31, 2011 1:57PM

Chillaxing with Age

Key fob
The real culprit

I really AM mellowing with age.  No one could have convinced me I ever would twenty short years ago.  That was back when I was trying to become all I could be; to keep myself empowered, enlightened, entrenched and employed.

Between the ages… Read full post »

MAY 28, 2011 1:04PM


Magnolia closeup

Mom says the first word I ever spoke was “why.”

I wondered why the sky was blue

And why the rain would change the smell of air.

If money didn’t grow on trees, why not?

Why boys can stand to pee but I cannot?

And… Read full post »

MAY 27, 2011 12:51PM

Killer Trees

The storm that refuses to die had its way with Metro Atlanta last night and early this morning.   We lost three of our citizens last night when they were fatally injured by falling trees.  The wind howled and the rain pummeled the parched ground so fast that many cars in certain… Read full post »

MAY 26, 2011 5:13PM

Schmaltz in the Afternoon

You know the type of person who never wants to find herself in the dark about anything other people are discussing?  I’m like that.  Some might unkindly characterize me as a know-it-all, but I chose to think of myself as up to speed on current events.

Which is why I… Read full post »

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  The degree of death and destruction in the city of Joplin, Missouri has some media people speculating about the amount of time it will take for the citizens to recover.  That discussion is usually geared to the rebuilding aspect of recovery, the time and resources it will ta/… Read full post »

Harold Camping Oops!
 I know how unpopular it was around here to admit to any concern over the End of Times as predicted by today’s most humiliated human being, Harold Camping.  I didn’t even lift my head yesterday to look at the clock until the deadline had been exceeded by ten/…

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MAY 20, 2011 1:29PM

From a Different Point of View

Coqui in back seatShe gave me the name Coquette.  I thought that was kinda cute, even though I had no idea what it meant.  I heard Her telling somebody it was the perfect name for me because I was such a tease.  See, I’m not too keen on people putting their filthy hands on… Read full post »

MAY 17, 2011 2:21PM

Hey Ahnuld! RIBBIT


frog with eyelashes
 Image from Avanti Press birthday card
The moment I heard that Arnold and Maria were splitting I knew he had been caught with his drawers around his ankles.  I just knew it. 

Like eyelashes on a frog, no amount of “official statements” declaring ther… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 16, 2011 7:33AM

The Surprising History of My Home Town

The thing about a home town is its randomness.  I could just as easily have been born to a different family in a different city in a different country. Sometimes I think about how lucky I was to be born me instead of, say, the unwanted child of a Romanian peasant… Read full post »

MAY 15, 2011 9:21AM

Deal Signed Raw Deal

I sat sanctimoniously sucking my teeth in disgust at Arizona, and damned if I’m not living among the same brand of muck.

The legislators of the Grate (sic or sick, take your pick) State of Georgia in their obstinate wisdom have passed a law that mimics the details of Arizona’s… Read full post »

MAY 12, 2011 12:44PM

Mirror Madness

I’m sort of watching the View.  It’s what I do when I return from Silver Sneakers, along with firing up my laptop, eating something and playing fetch with Coqui.  Yes, I am a multi-tasking maniac.

Something broke through the fog that is my consciousness just now, causing me to… Read full post »

MAY 10, 2011 3:39PM

The Publix Heist

I was under the impression that older people are supposed to be set in their ways. They have figured everything out and are willing and able to tell youngsters how things should be done.

I find myself instead spending a lot of time examining my own reactions to things I… Read full post »

MAY 9, 2011 12:15PM

The Value of Gifts

Mother's Day 2011
My Mother's Day roses

The delivery man had the wrong address on his invoice, so he was calling my phone to see if I was home.  When he finally found me, he handed me a gorgeous rectangular glass vase filled with crimson roses with/… Read full post »

MAY 7, 2011 2:22PM

A PhotoShow Tribute to OS Moms

This is new software for me, so I'm just learning.  This might take a lot longer than you think it should to load.  I hope it's worth the wait. -- L
MAY 6, 2011 9:12AM

So Glad I'm a Mom

LRB and Stevie circa 1971 I have a friend who cannot have children.  Her gorgeous body took her on a wild trip when she was thirty-something and when she reached her destination she had undergone total ovarian failure.   Her way of dealing with this tragic outcome has been, I think, to believe… Read full post »

December 23, 1776  Thomas Paine

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, isRead full post »


Osama bin Laden



The state of the United States Presidency on any given day can be turned on its head in a matter of seconds.  One minute, the President is said to have done nothing of importance by his detractors.  The next, he takes the podium in the White House… Read full post »

APRIL 29, 2011 9:13AM

Backfire - - Fiction Friday

It was one of those days.  Monica had done battle most of the day with the general contractor she hired to direct the kitchen remodel.   Murphy’s law had camped out on her family room LazyBoy, apparently, because everything that could go wrong did go wrong that day.

After she pu… Read full post »

Trump Caricature by

Caricature by Euan Mactavish

For the first time in my adult life, I am ashamed to be an American.  Yes, that is a parody of the First Lady’s earth-shaking comment made during the Obama Presidential campaign, so sue me.  Just as she was being honest and sincere when she/…

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APRIL 25, 2011 12:42PM

Royal Wedding? zzzzzzzzzzzz...

I was just over on Politico.com reading Friday’s daily debate thread which discusses whether or not the upcoming royal wedding is a waste of money.  Opinions from political pundits ranged from calling the wedding a welcome diversion from the barrage of negative news (Former New Mexico goveRead full post »

APRIL 22, 2011 1:21AM

The Light Switch




I call it the light-bulb moment.   That split second when someone I am teaching or training suddenly moves from confusion to oh-I-get-it.  The brow unfurrows.  The eyes twinkle with the light of understanding.  The smile lights up the room.

The middle-… Read full post »

APRIL 20, 2011 2:38PM

What's On Your List?

Life can get pretty mundane for a retired single woman with little or no life.  When walking the dog is the highlight of my day, as it will be today, something as insignificant as finding somebody’s shopping list lying face-up on an Atlanta sidewalk can be inspiring!


APRIL 17, 2011 2:56PM

Why Women Carry Handbags

Many's the man who has been relegated to holding his woman's purse on his lap while she tries on clothes.  They have no doubt wondered why women can’t just carry their shit in their pockets like men do.   Wouldn’t life be a lot simpler for her if she did?

Sure,… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2011 12:15PM

The School Bus Jungle



 “This eight-grader named Sebastian tried to sell me pot when I mistakenly sat in their section of the bus at the beginning of the year.”  Jordan was in the midst of telling me why he was so frustrated and distracted when he showed up Tuesday.

I… Read full post »