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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AUGUST 19, 2011 11:23AM

The Jerk and the Witch Had a Date

Morgan vs O'Donnell


Perkier-than-thou Christine O’Donnell has returned from the darkness of shame and rejection to peddle a book she allegedly wrote.  Whoever chose the title, Troublemaker, slipped up and told the truth.

I’d like to send a gift to the publicist who decided it would be… Read full post »

AUGUST 14, 2011 7:34AM

These Things I Know For Sure

I’ve learned…

  • No matter how certain I am that my opinion is the right opinion, there is someone I respect who believes the diametrical opposite with the same certainty.
  • When it seems things cannot get any worse, they do.
  • When it seems things are hopeless, they aren’t.
AUGUST 11, 2011 5:31PM

The Help is deeper than it seems


The Help

l-r: Emma Stone as Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, 

Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson, and Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark

As I left the theater this afternoon, my head was swimming with impressions. Get home before all these thoughts disappear.  The movie was this closRead full post »

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AUGUST 10, 2011 9:13PM

Why Middle Schools Were A Mistake


Middle schools kids

A long, long, long time ago, back when I was a very young girl and cars had running boards, there were no junior high schools or middle schools.  The Catholic school I attended offered grades 1 through 8, and each of those grades had one teacher… Read full post »

AUGUST 9, 2011 7:34PM

Fernsy's OC: L's First OS Post Evah

This, my first and completely ignored post on OS, appeared on February 27, 2010. Seems like only yesterday in a lot of ways.  I hadn't figured out how to post a photo yet.


Coming Soon: the Toyota Defense

My family and I had just moved to the San Francisco… Read full post »

AUGUST 6, 2011 9:56PM

No Ordinary Kid

“… and a little child shall lead them…”  [Isa. 11:6, 8-9]

Children are magical creatures.  Like cherubic sponges they soak up knowledge at a staggering rate, going from totally helpless at birth to skillful escape artists in a matter of months.  They are wh… Read full post »

AUGUST 4, 2011 3:25PM

Stop! I Think I Want Off

Carousel out of controlLike a carousel whose horses have rebelled and taken control over the microchips, the world is spinning faster than I can handle.  The momentum is picking up speed and the outcome seems more and more inevitable: I will either be thrown from my underpinnings by the mere… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2011 5:24PM

The Sound of Chickens Roosting


Do you hear it, too?  The sound of silence in America is deafening this Sunday afternoon.  Shallow breathing and nervous coughs are all that break through while we all pretend to go about our business. 

At 5:00 p.m. on Sunday July 31, 2011, the world awaits the announcem… Read full post »

JULY 29, 2011 12:23AM

Here I Go Again...

I try, God knows I do. Ever since I made the mistake of writing a blog post lamenting the frequent disregard for the fundamental rules of the English language, I have tried to remain silent while people who should know better assert how badly they feel about this,… Read full post »

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JULY 26, 2011 1:06PM

My So-Called Life after Fried Chicken

chicken wings
In 1972 I gave up cigarettes, which I had been smoking since the fall of 1962 when I entered college at 17 and *needed* to appear more grown up.   I never even smoked an entire pack a day, but quitting for my three-year-old proved to be very tough/… Read full post »
JULY 23, 2011 5:20PM

OK, You Guys. Knock it OFF!

unreformable, obstinate, wayward, cussed, obdurate, unrepentant, unregenerate, refractory, perverse, stubborn, contrary, infantile, boneheaded, moronic, meatheaded, infuriating, off-pissing


And these are the nicer adjectives that come to mind when describing the antics of the insufferab… Read full post »

JULY 23, 2011 10:43AM

Happy Birthday, Bernadine Spitznogel

JULY 21, 2011 1:23PM

You Call THAT Art?!?


Public Art by Tommy Taylor 001

My trendy in-town Atlanta neighborhood is known for its liberal politics, fierce loyalty to the ‘hood and propensity for all things artistic.  We have several little theaters, music venues that draw the tattooed and pierced types with crayon-colored hair, and all the arch… Read full post »

JULY 17, 2011 11:24PM

Musings on My Death

 Most of the time I won’t allow the thoughts to break through to consciousness.  There is a vague sense of them, a nagging little knock at the partition in the part of my brain that controls such things.  But these are thoughts that are better left sub-conscious.  They are j… Read full post »

JULY 15, 2011 12:19AM

Bobbot's Birthday is Today!

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JULY 6, 2011 7:41PM

Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal Worsens


Erasing test scores
Ordinarily, a headline such as the one above would portend a story about a group of high school students who have stolen the answers to a test, or something similar.  Not this time.

In what can only, in my opinion, be blamed directly on government pressure on… Read full post »

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JULY 5, 2011 6:12PM

This is Justice?


Casey at verdict

I’ve only felt like this once before, and it won’t take long for you to guess when that was.  O. J. Simpson’s smirking face at the reading of the verdict in his murder trial should be all the hint you need.

It has been three hours… Read full post »

JULY 5, 2011 12:35AM

Muggy Nights on the Porch

It was as hot as hell in Atlanta today.  No surprise there, but it has been above 90 degrees every day since sometime in May.  That's pretty relentless, even for Atlanta.

I opened the door to let Coqui out for her evening relief and a blast of hot, humid air smacked… Read full post »

JUNE 30, 2011 1:39PM

My Surge of Patriotism


USA Rocks

The moment it was determined for certain who was responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks on our country’s eastern edges, a switch was flipped in my soul.  A surge of an emotion I had never truly experienced before that moment possessed my being.  

My… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2011 5:34PM

The Case Against Kronk is a Crock

After watching the direct examination of Roy Kronk, the utility meter Roy Kronkreader who found the remains of little 2-year-old Caylee Anthony in a Florida woods, I don’t know why any citizen would ever report such a discovery to the police.

Kronk stopped in the woods located within a mile… Read full post »

JUNE 27, 2011 10:50AM

Casey Has Her Head Examined...Again

Lead defense lawyer Jose Baez halted the Orlando-based Casey Anthony trial last Saturday when he requested and got a court order from Judge Belvin Perry to have his client examined by three court-appointed psychiatrists to determine her competency to stand trial.  Hmmmm. Casey crying

Feeling a lot l… Read full post »

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JUNE 23, 2011 5:56PM

Would You Lie Under Oath to Save Your Kid's Life?


Cindy Anthony on 22jun11

 abc news photo


Cindy Anthony might have just fallen on the sword to save her daughter’s life.

Cindy is the grandmother of Caylee Anthony and the mother of Casey Anthony.  Casey is charged with the first degree murder of little Caylee, her own daughter.  T… Read full post »

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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!

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 »