- 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.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Objectivity and Taking Sides
July 20, 2014 07:07PM
- I Woke Myself Up While Making
June 25, 2014 12:39PM
- The Top 10 Things I've Always
Wanted to Say -- Marilyn's OC
June 23, 2014 04:15PM
- A Dad is Not About Biology
June 15, 2014 02:25PM
- Life for Young Males in
America's Urban Ghettos
June 02, 2014 06:25PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I had to laugh at
Rosigami's comment. It is so
true. Since I
only had one
- “Linda!!!! Still funny
after all these
- “Stirring the pot this
morning are we, Jon? You
- “For you it was the only
acceptable choice, but there
- “Bon Voyage, Ande. I hope
we are all still here when
L in the Southeast's Links
- MY LINKS
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 »
Sad News From the
Sarah, you murdering moron –
you’d better hope there’s no“foggy Christmas Eve” this year.
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 »
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 ce… Read full post »
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 »
Somewhere along the way, I came to believe it is inherently wrong and unnatural to dislike a chi… Read full post »
Our President is 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 »
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.
You probably see a young mother posing for a professional photograph with her cute little son. The proverbi… Read full post »
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 friend… Read 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 »
It has been like this for a while now. I’m watching something on TV 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. dollar… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 exhilarated, 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 »
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 »
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 »
I 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 »
DOUGLASVILLE, 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 Tillman… Read full post »
I cannot turn off my thoughts. God knows I want to. I need to just accept what’s happened and let it go. The people have spoken, whoever the hell they are. Their newly elected officials are gleefully calling for a swift undoing of, not just Obamacare,/… Read full post »
A little more than a year ago my son celebrated a milestone birthday. I wanted to do something more meaningful than sending the annual personalized Visa Gift Card, which has always been his all-time favorite gift. After several weeks of attempts at conjuring an uber-creative gift,… Read full post »
We pirate wimmin aren't in the mood to take any flack from spambots. In fact, we wi… Read full post »
I know it may seem like an exercise in futility, but let’s do it anyway.
I know it seems to be a choice between morons and sleaze bags, but let’s do it anyway.… Read full post »
#2, #3 Kody Brown, #1 and #4
World Series Game Number 4 was only periodically interesting to me Sunday night. If I had my way, I would only tune in for the 9th inning for any baseball game. It is, after all, the only… Read full post »