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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Editor’s Pick
JUNE 20, 2011 4:36PM

Human Histrionics Threaten Anthony Trial

Once again I find myself riveted by a murder trial that comes Jose Baezreplete with sex, lies and videotape.  As I write this post I am battling that sense of emptiness that comes when some anticipated something I was looking forward to has suddenly been withdrawn. 

The trial of… Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2011 10:40AM

OS Dads Rock!

 
 
 
Daylilies5
 
My prize daylilies, just for you
 

Happy Father’s Day

to all you papas!

 

 

 
JUNE 17, 2011 10:38AM

A Dad Is Not About Biology

My sister loved this post so much last year, I decided to repost it in honor of our late Dear Old Dad.  It has been slightly revised.


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

Only those who have started participating in Open Salon recently or who have been genuinely flounced  have escaped my probably excessive boasting about my son's role in a new movie based on the best-selling book MoneyballSteve seated no smile

Stephen Bishop -- the actor, not the aging musician -- play… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JUNE 12, 2011 9:20PM

Twain Knew What He Was Doing

 

huckleberry_finn

Nigger.  The most hurtful word anyone could hurl my way?  Yes.  Should the publisher have made the controversial decision to change the more than 200 appearances of that word to the word slave in Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?  I don’t thin… Read full post »

JUNE 11, 2011 12:07PM

Scanner Has a Birthday!

 

The Real Scanner is much better looking than

The Dude, isn't he?


Scanner
 
 

We love you, man!

 
JUNE 10, 2011 1:38AM

What Kind of Animals ARE We?

 

Cheaters Collage 2

 

These have been a rough couple of weeks for the humanoids of America, especially the ones who have genitalia of the penile variety.  Schwarzenegger, Edwards, Spitzer, Woods, Sanford…I’ve lost count of all the prominent men in America who have gone woefully as… Read full post »

JUNE 6, 2011 8:47AM

I Worked on a Georgia Plantation

 

It never occurred to me.  When I made reservations to hold a customer barbecue event at the Archibald Smith Plantation in Roswell, Georgia, I was in full public relations mode.  It seemed like the perfect departure from the usual chi-chi cocktail parties and hot hors… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JUNE 5, 2011 11:50AM

Parents: Please Don't Overreact to Little League Tragedy

Thirteen-year-old Hayden Walton of Winslow, Arizona approached home plate Tuesday with a swagger familiar to any seasoned Little League baseball Hayden Walton player.  Eyes locked with those of the opposing pitcher, he adjusts his batting helmet, tugs at his twin wrist bands and scratches the home pla… Read full post »

JUNE 2, 2011 3:45PM

myTunes

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

Why

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 »

joplin-tornado-ryan-harper (1) 

  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/…

Read full post »

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 »