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 27, 2012 6:36PM

More Than a Pretty Face...and He's Right

FEBRUARY 26, 2012 11:23AM

This Just In...

"Let's face it...Mitt Romney is a dork!"
 Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post, on 2/26/12 Meet the Press
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And, surprising to no one, Arizona's rude Governor Jan Brewer, also on MTP, today endorsed The Dork.… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 24, 2012 2:37PM

Life Perspective: To and Fro

Today I realized there must be a point in life when a person changes from  looking forward to reminiscing and longing for what used to be. When I made that transition, I cannot say for sure.

I remember as a child being anxious to reach the ages considered benchmarks… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2012 3:24PM

Let's Get Our Rights Straight

It is my fervent belief that all the people who strive to control human sexual behavior in the name of God are demeaning the very God they claim to worship.

It is extremely difficult to follow the logic of the typical conservative’s conclusions about reproductive liberty.  If I am… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2012 12:22PM

When Funny Backfires

I’m not very funny.  No, no.  It’s okay.  I realize I have my moments of hilarious repartee.  Those are mostly based on my penchant for sarcasm, which sometimes bursts forth, evading my oral governor.  But in the main, I am a serious thinker who uses a tell-it-… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2012 11:53AM


  Depression by sabine Sauermaul

{For credit, click on image}

Pain is no stranger to this writer.  I wake up in the morning and just lie there taking inventory.  Which will it be:  my head, my lower back, the shin splint, the permanently broken foot?  As I have joked before, sometimes the on… Read full post »

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 »