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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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 »

Editor’s Pick
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 »

Editor’s Pick
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 »

Editor’s Pick
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 »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 5, 2010 1:07PM

Okay. You Win. Now What?

John Boehner

Dear John:

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 »

NOVEMBER 3, 2010 10:20PM

Across the Aisle


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 »


Pirate Woman
Okay, I'll admit it.  I forgot the 6 p.m. assault time. But that doesn't mean I'm above putting on an eyepatch and taking out some scurvied spammers.  Arghhhh, I hate those buckoes.


We pirate wimmin aren't in the mood to take any flack from spambots.  In fact, we wi… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2010 1:08PM

Bulletin: All Americans

Go Vote!   Vote!  Please Vote!  Vote, Please!

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 »

NOVEMBER 1, 2010 12:52AM

Sister Wives Special Makes Me Wonder


Sister Wives Post-Season Special

#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 »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 28, 2010 2:01PM

Who or What Are Infidels?

News Flash:  Some people are ignorant due to circumstances beyond their control.  But most ignorant people actually choose to stay ignorant so as not to confuse themselves and their cherished beliefs by learning the truth.


The Holy Koran


This morning an online friend, who shares my cRead full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2010 12:40PM

HOOOOoooo's Coming for Trick or Treat?

Little children dressed in costumes on Halloween are to me what candy is to them.  I love it!  Every year I get the chance to see how much my neighborhood kids have grown, and I've known most of them since their birth. 

In anticipation of the big day, I began… Read full post »

OCTOBER 26, 2010 1:50PM

Joan H. is The One

Joan is the one who always helps the homeless. Happy Birthday, Joan

Joan is the one who writes like no one else.

Joan is the one whose garden plot is weedless.

Joan is the one who seldom touts herself.


 Joan is the one who gets the highest ratings.

Joan is the one… Read full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2010 3:44PM



Spam Sandals


S   is for the stupid shit they try to sell and say,

     And for the sucky way they just assault us every day;

     Strangling out the new posts, screwing up the feed,

     Sending us to other siteRead full post »

OCTOBER 21, 2010 2:46PM

Juan Williams Did Nothing Wrong

The United States of America is losing its collective mind!  Idiotic decisions under the guise of political correctness is going to bring this nation to its knees while we are still alive and breathing, unless we can manage to get a grip on ourselves.

First Bill O'Reilly makes either a careless… Read full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2010 1:55PM

Now Can I Love My Hair?

Hair is nothing but trouble.  It must be washed, combed, brushed, conditioned, grown out, cut back, thinned out, colored and kept out of one's eyes.  We would be so much better off if we just didn't have hair, right?

Uh-uh.  That couldn't be more wrong.  Hair is a "woman's crownin… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2010 11:58AM

Botox for Migraines? Hold On a Minute

Botox needle





 The first thing I spotted when I looked up from my reading was a vial being approached by a very large hypodermic needle.  The label on the vial read  BotulinumToxin Type A.  My local TV station was reporting that the FDA had ap… Read full post »

U of ChicagoWhen I landed a job in Public Relations at the renowned University of Chicago in 1972, no one could have convinced me I wasn't the luckiest young single mother in Chicagoland.

Instead of driving 60 miles a day commuting between Downer's Grove, a  western suburb of Chicago, and the Souths… Read full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2010 11:45AM

Tomorrow's Never Promised

Holly rose early Tuesday morning to a glorious, crisp and sun-drenched vision of an October day in Atlanta.  When she opened the front door of her perfectly appointed Victorian to get her Atlanta Journal Constitution, she stopped to gaze out over the vast array of centuries-old oaks to chec… Read full post »