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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FEBRUARY 14, 2012 11:51AM

It's the Little Things

Like when an ex of 27 years sends you a video with the lyrics of Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You."

Or when a new admirer starts your day with a "Happy Valentine's Day" text.

FEBRUARY 11, 2012 10:30PM

For Designanator: Separated at Birth

Shirley MacLaineLRB blog photo


Sorry, Shirley MacLaine! Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2012 11:35AM

Frozen in Time


Snapshot 2 (2-11-2012 11-21 AM)


My date of birth says one thing,

My spirit, something else.

The mirror shows the trophies of a life well lived, but lived.

The outside world barely sees my countenance.

Fear has replaced a heightened sense of adventure.

Fear prevents myRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 7, 2012 12:12PM

Gifts from Muzz

 She was a fastidious housekeeper. All her fancy lace and embroidery hankies were starched, ironed and kept in a clear Plexiglas box. Climbing her stairs to reach the bathroom was always paid off with a whiff of White Shoulders, her signature scent.

My mother’s mother—we call… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 5, 2012 9:05PM

Madonna is Absolutely Awesome


I’ve never been a fan.  Not of the ever-morphing, suddenly British-accented bad girl of the last century.  Nor have I ever before watched a Super Bowl in its entirety, unless my hometown team was representing.  I watched past years for the commercials and the half-time… Read full post »

 Within 72 hours of announcing the Susan G. Komen organization was pulling their funding from Planned Parenthood, they were pinned to the mat, screaming “uncle.”  The power of the social media, with all its detractors, once again said “over our dead bodies” to the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2012 8:04AM

L's Outing

Yesterday's post will provide background


The black skirt and cardigan over a teal green ruffled blouse proved to be just right.  They say the legs are last to go; the black heels and hose were a conscious attempt to prove the rule.

There are some days when the temperamental… Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2012 3:38PM

An Unlikely Date Tonight

I am trying so hard to be cool.  I have had my hair up in hot rollers all day.  Of course, they are far from hot now.  The air is rather humid and it is the only way to hold the frightful frizzies at bay.  The hair is always… Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2012 9:18AM

Red Tails: The Black Super Hero Movie

I went to see Red Tails yesterday, without having read any reviews of the Red Tails poster movie.  I went because I saw George Lucas on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart explain how difficult it had been for him to get the picture made, saying “Hollywood… Read full post »

JANUARY 26, 2012 12:22AM

The State of My Resolve

Someone asked me yesterday where my post about the President’s State of the Union address was.  Of course I watched every second of it.  I had decided not to write about it at all.  Sometimes, it is best to leave the Debbie Downer essays to others who have far… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 24, 2012 1:32PM

Unemployment: Caught Between Classes


It’s not that I’m looking for sympathy; not the “woe is me” kind, anyway.  I’m not interested in getting involved in pity parties.  I abhor pity.  Understanding and non-judgment would feel just about right.  That’s what people like me,… Read full post »

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JANUARY 20, 2012 12:06PM

Newtie Had a Fit and Fell in It

A friend of mine asked me yesterday why on earth I would watch the Republican Presidential debates.  He wondered if I felt my blood pressure was too low and needed elevating.

I agree it is a rather masochistic thing to subject myself to, especially since they seem to… Read full post »

JANUARY 19, 2012 1:25PM

Keystone XL and Dirty Politics

“ I love it when a plan comes together.” 

That was the catchphrase of Col. John “Hannibal” Smith as played by actor George Peppard in the popular 1980s TV series, The A-Team

Today it would be easy to imagine the same quip coming out of the mouth of… Read full post »

JANUARY 16, 2012 1:01PM

Dr. King Would Not Be Pleased

 The ironies of human life are almost unbearable sometimes.  Like on today, the national observance of the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Living as I do in the city Dr. King made famous, my local Atlanta news station covers the annual MLK services at Ebenezer… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2012 12:33PM

Weight Wars

 This is a sad story.  It is not a new story, or a terribly original one, but it is sad.

At roughly the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, the American marketing machine began its annual assault on blubber.  Never willing to miss a chance to capitalize… Read full post »

JANUARY 11, 2012 4:59PM

View from my window: Cardinals Rule

Cardinal playing hide and seek  

I believe my beloved late grandfather visits me in the form of the brilliantly plumed cardinal.  This time he was playing hide and seek with me and my camera, looking more like a red blotch in the middle of my shot.  Grandpa was like that. 

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JANUARY 9, 2012 12:44PM

Ideology Just Doesn't Work for Me

While I was reading a recent OS cover piece by Ted Frier about Rick Santorum’s relentless Catholicism, the realization almost bowled me over:  I don’t do ideology well.

I am supposed to be Catholic, too.  I was baptized, confirmed and indoctrinated.  Eight… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2012 5:41PM

Reflections On an Icy Pond

Ice on Springvale Pond January 4

Two days ago there was a hard freeze in Atlanta.  It was the first freeze of the season.  The bubbling fountain on my patio froze solid, threatening the survival of the clay pot that holds its water.  The robins came… Read full post »

JANUARY 3, 2012 1:02AM

The Woman in the Mirror

A couple of recent lessons in humility have weighed on my mind for the better part of a week now.  It is my nature to detest making what are normally called faux pas; those lapses in social consciousness that find us saying things that are offensive to another… Read full post »

DECEMBER 30, 2011 4:06PM

Camellia -- Winter's Pop of Color


Camelia2 (first of season 2011)


The first bloom on my camellia is a spectacular double flower.  Although I have lived in Atlanta for nearly 19 years, the arrival of these showy blossoms never ceases to surprise me.  The next photo will undoubtedly be a loaded tree with a dustingRead full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2011 10:58AM

We Blew Bluestocking Babe's Birthday, OS!


Belated Birthday Graphic #23

    bluestocking babe

bluestocking babe

 born December 26, 1970


It is easy to understand why people born around Christmas feel they get cheated.  We were derelict in our desire to celebrate every birthday possible.  So, here’s a cake just for you:

&n… Read full post »

DECEMBER 26, 2011 2:03PM

L's 2011 Doofus Awards


The Year of the Dumbass has almost ended, thank the Fates. 2011 has been a year of bountiful idiocy, served up in every category of life on Planet Earth.  Never in history has the list of laughable lunacy competed in length with the laudable and annually lauded… Read full post »

gif-Merry christmas Pictures, Images and Photos

Lezlie, Stephen and Coqui

wish you the peace this

scene exudes, now and for

the coming year.


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DECEMBER 23, 2011 1:42PM

Secret Santa OC: Free Naughty Pass

I have come to enjoy these times on OS when there is no danger of getting an EP or a dreaded Salon cross-posting.  We can just write whatever comes to mind and have a kind of free-style, interactive sandbox experience.

Today I’m issuing an open call. Here’s the premise:… Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2011 6:10PM

'Twas Three Nights Before Christmas

‘Twas three nights before Christmas, with time running out;

And the Congress was deadlocked, resolution in doubt.

The plane rides were ordered, the Christmas break called.

The Senate was screaming that they were appalled.


The people were jumping right out of ther… Read full post »