- 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
- Nice Try, Right Wing
January 21, 2015 02:40PM
- Mr. President: What Were You
January 12, 2015 03:46PM
- Report Card on Selma, the
December 31, 2014 05:38PM
- MERRY CHRISTMAS!
December 24, 2014 11:08AM
- Possessions -- Open Call
December 23, 2014 11:00AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Arthur, don't make me
laugh. Objective eye?
- “Oh, and I just thought
of something. Dan Akroyd of
used to address
- “Kosh, you know what my
answer is to your question.
- “Uh-uh. I have taken all
power to anger me away from
trolls. I just
- “Damn, man, your days are
starting to sound like mine!
Happy date night.
January 30, 2015 07:15PM
L in the Southeast's Links
- MY LINKS
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.
Sorry, Shirley MacLaine! Read full post »
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 my… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
I went to see Red Tails yesterday, without having read any reviews of the 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
“ I love it when a plan comes together.”
Today it would be easy to imagine the same quip coming out of the mouth of… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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.… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 dusting… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
Lezlie, Stephen and Coqui
wish you the peace this
scene exudes, now and for
the coming year.
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 »
‘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 »