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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JULY 15, 2011 12:19AM

Bobbot's Birthday is Today!

Editor’s Pick
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 »

Editor’s Pick
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 »

Editor’s Pick
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 »

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 »

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JUNE 12, 2011 9:20PM

Twain Knew What He Was Doing



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?


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 »

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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


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 »