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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JANUARY 18, 2011 5:45PM

Vitriol vs Tact


 "But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized—at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do—it’s important for us to pause for aRead full post »

JANUARY 17, 2011 6:24AM

The Misfit Heroes

Serendipity happens to me a lot.  When it does, I feel as if a mini-miracle has occurred.  It happened again today. 

I was thinking about Daniel Hernandez this morning.   You know.  The  Daniel Hernandez young University of  Arizona student who bravely ru… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2011 4:29PM

Mistakes Were Made because A+B ≠C

Thoughts about the tragedy in Tucson have monopolized my mind since it happened.  There has been a wave of inspired writing here on Open Salon, the likes of which I hadn't seen in my 11-month involvement here.  It tells me I am not alone as I cast about for an inkling of… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2011 12:18AM

Let's Wish Fusun A Happy Birthday!

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JANUARY 11, 2011 9:35AM

Snooki Takes Today

Somebody hold me back.  No, really.  I am about to lose it. 

Contrary to some of my friends' opinion, I am not an egghead.  Yes, I like to read, and I read a lot.  But I'm not above awaking every morning and reaching for my bedside remote control.  I usually… Read full post »

JANUARY 10, 2011 6:48PM

Snow Job

The South is pathetic when it snows. 


                          Photo submitted by viewer to 11AliveTV (Atlanta)

I live in the city of Atlanta itself, about two mi… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2011 11:43AM

"You're Gonna Die, Mommy" (open call)


"Does this ciggy-butt make me look cool?"

I sure hoped so.  I was still only 17 when I arrived on my college campus, so I wasn't old enough yet to partake of the brewskis served at The Spot to anyone who had reached the magic, oh-so-sophisticated age of 18. … Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 7, 2011 6:58AM

I Fear for Ted Williams

I found myself waiting anxiously Thursday morning to watch the interview between Matt Lauer and the newly discovered Man With the Golden Voice, Ted Williams.

Several days ago, Williams was holding a sign on a freeway, hoping for the kindness of motoring strangers.  That morning he was clear… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 6, 2011 8:11AM

Divorcée Confidential (OB Open Call)

Divorced Game Over by Bogac Erguvenc Istanbul Turkey

I am no day at the beach.  Living with me is not for the faint of heart.

Old and new friends frequently make it known that they don't understand why I have lived alone for the past 26 years.  Obviously, they've never been married to me.   The one of my two ex-hus… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2011 11:24PM

Growing Into My Shoes


Child's foot in high heelToday I pronounced myself liberated.  Today I realized I have completed a transformation I never set out to make on  myself.  Today I became, not a faux adult, as I had been, but a full-fledged, unadulterated grown-up.         Read full post »

JANUARY 3, 2011 3:21PM

My Writer's Den

Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook

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JANUARY 1, 2011 2:10PM


after party mess

Another year has come and gone

The tree is down, the drapes are drawn

The revelers have left Times Square

The crystal ball’s no longer there  


Although today marks a year brand new

My life’s the same; no dreams came true

The world still writhes in tortured pain

TheRead full post »

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 »

Editor’s Pick
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 »
Editor’s Pick
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 »

Editor’s Pick
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 »