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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DECEMBER 31, 2010 6:26AM

Blues for New Year's Eve

I'll be sad before the day is over.

I'll fight it.  I always do.  I tell myself it's just another night.  It's Amateur Night, the night when the crazies get drunk, drive drunk and shoot guns into the air.  I'll stay home, where it's safe, try to stay awake long enough… Read full post »


The true story about welter-weight boxer "Irish" Micky Ward as captured in a riveting movie, The Fighter, is definitely not a story about boxing.

Yes, there is plenty of footage of boxing activity:  Micky (Mark Wahlberg) training, Micky sparring, Micky getting the s… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 27, 2010 12:57PM

A Cougar Christmas

I have been known to enjoy the company of men younger than I am.  Cougar sign There.  I said it.  Hello, my name is Lezlie, and I am a cougar. 

It must be a trait that is carried on some esoteric pair of chromosomes, the number of which I have no… Read full post »

DECEMBER 26, 2010 1:36PM

Filled Blanks for Sparking

My first Christmas memory is waking in my bed to the ethereal glow eminating from the silver-painted live tree with all blue lights, which wasn't there when I was put to bed the night before. That glow lingered for decades, but is sadly gone now.  Maybe I need to drink more on… Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2010 3:32PM

This I Wish For You

Coqui in Christmas Basket  
  Peace  and  Joy  to  all!


In the spirit of global unity, if only for this fleeting moment in my mind, I wanted to extend a wish to readers that transcends all differences in culture and ideology.  What is it that every human being seeks?&nbsRead full post »

DECEMBER 20, 2010 5:01PM

Dressing the Bird

Cornbread Dressing  

I have a thing about stuffing, or dressing, as we call it.  When it comes to filling the cavity of a Christmas turkey, there is no compromising.  If it doesn't taste exactly like my Granny's cornbread dressing, I'll pass.

I've read dozens of recipes t… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2010 1:26PM

Grins From My Spam Email Files



Sad News From the

North Pole

Sarah Palin w Rudolph


 Sarah, you murdering moron –

you’d better hope there’s no

“foggy Christmas Eve” this year.
Love, Lezlie

I received these offerings in emails that had been forwarded 27,4Read full post »
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DECEMBER 17, 2010 12:14PM

Your Wedding is When?!?

You would think they would have said something.  Isn't that what grown-ups are supposed to do when they see their children headed to the brink of disaster?

Not our parents.

Not that we would have listened.  Our wedding was set for December 17, 1966.   That's it.  That's all.&… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2010 6:09PM

L's Letter to Santa


Image from St. Nicholas Center

Dear Mr. Claus:

It has been a very long time since I've thought about you as someone to ask for favors.  Our relationship, while it lasted, was magical, wasn't it?

Your indulgence of my childhood dreams of  giant, silver-painted trees glowing in ceRead full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2010 1:11PM

A Men's Guide to Gift-Buying Safety

bad gift


There are guys who are notorious for waiting until Christmas Eve at 3 p.m. to rush to the mall in search of a gift for the women in their lives.  There are many reasons for this seemingly self-defeating behavior, but I believe the most prevalent reason is pure, unadulterated… Read full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2010 11:39AM

Children are People Too

sugar and spice sign
 Children have fascinated me since I was a child myself.  Tiny intellectual sponges filled with innocent wonder, they are the human equivalent of a blank, newly stretched artist's canvas.

Somewhere along the way, I came to believe it is inherently wrong and unnatural to dislike a chi… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 7, 2010 3:07PM

For Once, the People Win

Our President is obama on the air, his press conference announcing the Bush Tax Cut Compromise droning on.

Obama's once-youthful face looks drawn and grey, his nasolabial folds deep and pronounced.  The toll is being taken.  Like all the American Presidents before him, the most coveted jo… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2010 5:26PM

A Backward Look at Things to Come


While rummaging through 40 years of photographic proof of my existence to locate a photo I needed for my last post, I came across one that screamed for my attention.LRB and Stevie at age 2

 You probably see a young mother posing for a professional photograph with her cute little son. The proverbi… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 1, 2010 5:09PM

L Gets Her Groove Back

I needed an adventure; a break from the daily reminders of my second failed marriage and the weight of my responsibilities. Club Med, Playa Blanca, was the chosen crime scene.

It had been difficult to crawl out of the divorce-induced doldrums this time.  I had been dumped for a friendRead full post »


Open Salon has some of the brightest writers of historical and political perspective I have ever seen in one place.  As a student, I despised all forms of history, which also meant that political and/or military science were not on my radar.  Since stumbling upon OS last March I have… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2010 1:11AM

Baba Wawa and Me

It has been like this for a while now.  I’m watching something on Barbara Walters and the ObamasTV or I’m reading a magazine or a book, and before I know it, my mind has taken a side trip to Lord knows where.  My attention span seems to be declining faster than the U.S. dollarRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 23, 2010 2:57PM

Never Take a 9-Year-Old to a Non-Traditional Thanksgiving

My newly acquired husband and I decided to transfer from Chicago to San Francsico in July 1978.  Our wedding had been on February 18 of the same year.  My 8-year-old, Stephen was already reeling from having another "man" in the house after six years of singing our theme song, “You and… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2010 1:23PM

Children: Little Kate's Open Call


Blankish slates with genetic predispositions

Replicas of mom or dad or no one

Self-involved, demanding little creatures

Aching for a map to get through life alive


Chirpy little sources of endless joy and wonder

Soon becoming surly, churlish teens

Driving cars, experimenting with adultho… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 18, 2010 3:19PM

A Hurst Thanksgiving

My family traditions are grounded in the preferences of my maternal ancestors.  Fathers came and went at such a clip; there was never a chance to really incorporate their family customs into our reality. It wouldn't have mattered, anyway, because variations were simply not entertained.

Holiday… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2010 1:34PM

A Gentleman Beggar

Our Silver Sneakers workout was over, thank God.  Greta, the trainer, was feeling her Cheerios yesterday, so we seniors paid the price with extra cardio and double weight training.

Sweaty, but exhilablack man smokingrated, with silver locks dripping, I pulled on my hoodie and drove from the athletic club… Read full post »


Yesterday I had a great time with my post That's Annoying! or Oprah Drives Me Crazy.  Bernadine Spitznogel liked it so much she asked me to make it an OC.  That seemed like a good way to spend our Spamblasted Weekend to me, so let's do it.

While you think… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2010 12:07PM

That's Annoying! or Oprah Drives Me Crazy

The movie Grumpy Old Men (1993) cracked me up.  Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were at their character-acting best playing codgers with a life-long beef vying for the attentions of a sexy new neighbor.

I was still in my forties (okay, late forties!) when that movie came out, and I/Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2010 8:48AM

Happy Birthday, Coqui!

Today is Veteran's Day, the official day to celebrate all the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military. My flag is flying out front in tribute also to those who are not yet veterans; our women and men who are deployed to Afghanistan and… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 10, 2010 7:44AM

Has Bush Sent a Doppelganger to Today?

Lauer-Bush InterviewI am propped up in bed watching Matt Lauer do a live interview with George W. Bush.  I must be dreaming.  If  I'm honest, which I always try to be, "W" is getting my attention.

Far from the bumbling, stammering dolt I always thought him to be as a public… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 8, 2010 8:32PM


Bobby Tillman AP PhotoDOUGLASVILLE, Ga. --A beautiful young mother is valiantly attempting to stifle her sobs in front of the camera.  A photo of her son, a handsome 18-year-old, is flashed on screen.  His pale green eyes twinkle above a sweet face as he posed for his senior picture.

When Bobby TillmanRead full post »