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 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 »

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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 »

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


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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 »