- 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
- With Apologies to Johnny
Paycheck and David Allen Coe
October 03, 2014 03:31PM
- 5 Lessons I've Learned in the
Past 30 Days -- Kitd's OC
September 30, 2014 05:42PM
- "Talking to the Wall"-- our
eBook is now online
September 21, 2014 07:47PM
- Living With L
September 07, 2014 01:05PM
- The Truth about American
Wealth Inequality --
August 23, 2014 05:18PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I ENTHUSIASTICALLY
I am so
happy for both of you smart,
November 17, 2014 12:16PM
- “I love you all and
especially Kosh for these
November 05, 2014 12:16AM
- “OIT: I'm not surprised
that's how you feel. I've seen
take more crap than
October 03, 2014 08:03PM
- “LOL. That Emmerling
fella is everywhere these
days. You have
October 03, 2014 07:39PM
- “BTW, Tom, thanks for the
oh-so-gentle correction of my
October 03, 2014 05:29PM
L in the Southeast's Links
- MY LINKS
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 »
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 »
That was most decidedly… Read full post »
Well praise the Lord and pass the ammunition! Some scientist has finally 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 »
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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 »
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.
Georgia… Read full post »
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 »