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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NOVEMBER 7, 2011 2:21PM

Will "White Folks" Come Between Us?

Children choose their friends mostly by happenstance, I think.  They have no say in where they live or who moves in next door.  They are confined by vigilant parents to their front yards or, as they gain some years, to the block on which they live.

Their schools are populated… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2011 8:19AM

I, Scorpio


So, today’s my birthday – again!  I don’t mind telling you I am pretty sick and tired of getting older.  But, considering the alternative, I have decided a good use of my time would be to analyze myself.  It’s okay.  It’s what I/…

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OCTOBER 31, 2011 1:19PM

Cain Has Been Thomasized

It was bound to happen.  Herman Cain was getting too popular.  He was showing some cojones when he aired one of the dumbest campaign ads of all time and succeeded in having every talking head on North America scratching his or her head, true, but talking about Herman… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2011 5:00PM

Tough Love is Tough to Give


State the desired behavior.  Explain precisely what it looks like. Describe completely the consequences of choosing not to deliver.  Follow through 100% of the time.

Simple, right? 

I have written before about Jordan (fictitious name), the pre-teen boy I have been… Read full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2011 5:44PM

Murphy's Car Wash Law

LRB's car
I washed my car Sunday for the first time in, oh, two or three decades, maybe.  

Back before I became a poor senior citizen, my 2005 baby blue baby was always garaged and always detailed by Atlanta's number one car wash.  Dirt didn't have a chance… Read full post »
OCTOBER 21, 2011 3:17PM

Battered Soldier Inspires Me

I have a new hero.  I found him in one of the most unlikely places, but I found him and I am smitten.

Meet  Jose Rene Martinez, better known as “J.R.“  If you happen to be a soap opera addict, you already know him as the character Brot Monroe… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2011 6:00PM

Do Kids Really Love the Macabre?

Halloween Death inflatable

Next to Christmas, Halloween was my favorite annual event when I was a kid.  The idea of dressing up and scoring special treats from little known neighbors blocks away from home was thrilling beyond measure.

Since my birthday is only four days after Halloween, many… Read full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2011 12:58PM

Sandwich Meat

 SalamiIt has become the question I dread most.  It screams judgment and pre-determined disapproval.  “How long since you visited your mother?”

From where I sit, that question is based on so many assumptions, any answer I give is guaranteed to make an ass of only me.&nb… Read full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2011 8:29PM

Herman Cain Scares Me


Herman Cain


My approach to politics hasn’t been blindly loyal since I was a schoolgirl parroting the words I heard my parents and grandparents spouting at supper.  Back then, I sounded like a dumbed-down version of the lackluster array of people vying for a spot… Read full post »

Civil rights icon U.S. Representative John Lewis showed up to downtown Atlanta’s Woodruff Park to tell the protesters he stands with them.  If he expected to be given special treatment in deference to his immense status in this city, he wasn’t admitting it.



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Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 7, 2011 1:58PM

The History of Crackers

I hope you weren’t expecting to find pictures of the Keebler elves or a box of saltines in this post.  A “conversation” in the comment section of a blog post about the use of racial pejoratives put me in the frame of mind to notice a yard sign inRead full post »

OCTOBER 6, 2011 1:56PM

The Color Blue

Baby blue.  Sky blue.  Mediterranean Teal Blue Metallic. Turquoise.  Caribbean.  Azure.  Navy.  Cobalt. Royal. Breakwater Blue Metallic.

Blue was the color of my true love’s eyes.  Still is.

Blue is good, mostly.  I admire the color blue almost as m… Read full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2011 2:39PM

Propofol and Me


Deputy District Attorney David Walgren holding Propofol


 LA Deputy District Attorney David Walgren displays 100 ml bottle of propofol to Dr. Conrad Murray’s jury. (Photo: nydailynews.com)


The criminal trial of Dr. Conrad Murray for the death of superstar Michael Jackson centers around the doctor’s use of a… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2011 8:50PM

The Great Leaf Blower Debate

A faint memory of an old-fashioned black and white film flitted through Leaf blowers my mental movie theater as I watched the latest neighborhood dustup unfold on our Yahoo Group.  The film was for primary grade children.  It depicted all the sights and sounds of a suburban… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 12:59PM

When Lying Will Do


pinocchio lying


“I can’t continue this conversation, Mama.  I am upset because one of you is lying to me and that pisses me off.”

My lifelong friend agreed to take my mother to see a movie – at least that is what my mother told me.  It wasn’t… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 12:08PM

Fantasy Interview with My Bully

light vs dark

Open Salon editor Emily has suggested we try to contact our childhood bullies for an interview.  Not gonna happen, dear Emily. I wouldn’t give that woman the time of day, nor would I give her the satisfaction of knowing I still entertain thoughts of her cruelty… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 12:05AM

This Red Carpet Was White (Photos added)

 The phone in my hotel room rings just as my friend Beverly is trying to adjust my bra strap to keep it hidden under my dress.  Like a bridesmaid assists a bride, my friend of well-over twenty years had spent a little too much time arranging my coif and time… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 1:45PM

Where is My Tuxedo When I Need It?

Even if I were to tell you I am a basket case right about now, you would have no idea how completely rattled I am.  In case you have been deliberately avoiding my posts for the past, oh, six or seven months:  I am leaving Saturday morning for… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 11:20AM

Crimes of Opportunity Abound


Purse snatching


Crime in Atlanta is as routine as ants at a picnic.  Atlantans who live within the extended city limits defined by its infamous circular I-285, or the city by-pass highway known as The Perimeter, develop living habits designed to thwart the purse-snatches, the daylight b… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 10, 2011 2:51PM

The Actor at The Toronto Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 10:19AM

September Mourn

Re-posted in memory of all who were lost.


September 11

Image from Sal2009.c0m 

This was the one day I regretted my gift of empathy.   I didn't want to feel what I knew they were feeling.

 I had just been fingerprinted at the headquarters of the Atlanta Public Schools.  It… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 1:38PM

Dear Barry:

 Hey there, Barack.

I know I am supposed to address you as Mr. President, but…well, that would suggest I have respect for you, the man I helped put into that oval office.  I wouldn’t want you to think that.  Besides, you are always sending me emails calling me… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2011 5:18PM

Words That Make Me Go “Yuck!”

There are certain words in our versatile English language that make me nuts.  These words evoke highly unpleasant autonomic responses in me…like gagging.

Today I read a blog post that included a graphic description of someone removing debris from inside his nose and… phew! There… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 12:14PM

...On the Radio

 The Actor woke me from a sound sleep to alert me to his early morning radio interview with some guy named Joshua Estrin on 810 AM (KGO) in San Francisco.  Apparently Josh is a fabulously famous pop culture journalist and broadcast personality.

When I tuned in online to… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 29, 2011 11:01PM

When Did the Weather Become Political?

 We are not so good at predicting calamities, but I am getting better and better at predicting dustups between Democrats and Republicans.

Anderson Cooper was standing in the middle of the street in Time Square when Hurricane Irene was downgraded from a category 1 hurricane to a tropical… Read full post »