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 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 »

DECEMBER 21, 2011 5:04PM

Why is That Christmas Present Ticking?

I’m afraid I might regret the gift I sent my mother for Christmas.  There is no question she will absolutely love it and gush over it for days.  But within that gift is something she might have noticed, but probably hasn’t, that could cause her some degree of emotional… Read full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2011 7:59AM

Cleveland, Cooper and Streep


60 Minutes logo
I have watched 60 Minutes for as long as I can remember.  Most of the time I am absolutely absorbed by at least one, sometimes two, of the three segments presented.  Occasionally, I think the enduring CBS workhorse strikes out. 

That was most decidedly… Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2011 1:49PM

Kim Katches a Klaim to Fame

Well praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!  Some scientist has finally Kim Kardashian Wikipedia put a label on a Kardashian that we can all grasp.  No, it’s not “annoying!” Well, yes it is, but that’s not the word I’m going for here.

Kim Kardashian is a poster child for a… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 12, 2011 3:32PM

Santa Had Hairy Arms -- Open Call


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The blue glow shining in the foyer at the bottom of the stairs signaled the official arrival of Christmas .  When my sister and I had put ourselves to bed far too early the evening before, there was no sign inside or outside… Read full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2011 12:54PM

Wanna Bet?

  Debate 11dec11

As entertainment goes, Saturday night on TV has become the epitome of an oxymoron.  If one is not in possession of the pair of chromosomes that makes a person amenable to watching gigantic men run, jump, pass and collide in a sporting event, the menu on the boob… Read full post »

The act of brushing my teeth triggers some of my most interesting thoughts .  I’ve always been rather bored by the task, standing there gazing into the mirror, trying to remember not to skip the lower molars my dental hygienist nags me about.  So I allow my vagabond… Read full post »

Canton, GA --  Authorities this afternoon announced during a live press conference that River Ridge Apartments employee Ryan Brunn, 20, has been arrested in connection with the abduction, rape and murder of 7 -year-0ld Jorelys Rivera.  The arrest was made at 12:40 p.m. EST. Ryan Brunn

Georgia… Read full post »

DECEMBER 6, 2011 12:11PM

Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground


Jorelys Rivera ajc
Jorelys Rivera, age 7
photo from 11Alive, Atlanta
Her mommy had to work the night shift at the Canton, Georgia chicken processing plant.  It’s the only work available for the young mother of three. A teenage family friend was the babysitter who watched…

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DECEMBER 4, 2011 7:50PM

A Fly on the Cains' Wall

I happened to have flown into the patio door at the Cain’s suburban manse and was hanging out on the wall above the fireplace when the Pizza Man finally made his appearance.  Being a fly and all, I’m not very tuned in to  politics, presidential campaigns and such, so&nbs… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2011 1:32PM

Dr. Murray Catches a Break

He took the oath they all take.  First, do no harm.  He spent a minimum of 14 years after high school earning the right to practice cardiology, the most demanding specialty in medicine.  He can’t be stupid, so he must be seriously flawed in character.

Judge Michael Pastor… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2011 1:03PM

What Do We Do About Santa Claus?

The Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy entered the restaurant together.  They figured the Big Guy was already seated at their reserved table, digging into a pile of Toll House cookies, a gallon jug of ice cold milk at the ready.

This was a meeting that probably should have… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2011 1:20AM

My Surprising 7 -- Beth's OC

Many people think I’m odd.  Imagine that.  It’s because I fit into few stereotypes, I suppose.  I seldom do what others might expect from an African American woman living in the South with age 65 visible only in her rear view mirror.  So, I’m used to it &… Read full post »

It is with deep sadness that I report the passing of the last family-focused American holiday.

Thanksgiving, the annual gathering of families to celebrate the gifts of bountiful harvests, blessings of the heart and the prosperity that enables a sumptuous feast for both the eyes and the body,… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 21, 2011 7:01AM

One More Lobbyist Running Amok

“Today's Republican Party may revere Reagan as the patron saint of low taxation. But the party of Reagan – which understood that higher taxes on the rich are sometimes required to cure ruinous deficits – is dead and gone. Instead, the modern  Ronald Reagan (Public Domain)GOP hasRead full post »