L in the Southeast

L in the Southeast
Location
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Birthday
November 04
Title
Retired PR Director
Bio
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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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

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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 »

NOVEMBER 30, 2011 1:32PM

Dr. Murray Catches a Break

He took the oath they all take.  First, do no harm.  He spent a minimum of 14 years after high school earning the right to practice cardiology, the most demanding specialty in medicine.  He can’t be stupid, so he must be seriously flawed in character.

Judge Michael Pastor… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2011 1:03PM

What Do We Do About Santa Claus?

The Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy entered the restaurant together.  They figured the Big Guy was already seated at their reserved table, digging into a pile of Toll House cookies, a gallon jug of ice cold milk at the ready.

This was a meeting that probably should have… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2011 1:20AM

My Surprising 7 -- Beth's OC

Many people think I’m odd.  Imagine that.  It’s because I fit into few stereotypes, I suppose.  I seldom do what others might expect from an African American woman living in the South with age 65 visible only in her rear view mirror.  So, I’m used to it &… Read full post »

It is with deep sadness that I report the passing of the last family-focused American holiday.

Thanksgiving, the annual gathering of families to celebrate the gifts of bountiful harvests, blessings of the heart and the prosperity that enables a sumptuous feast for both the eyes and the body,… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 21, 2011 7:01AM

One More Lobbyist Running Amok

“Today's Republican Party may revere Reagan as the patron saint of low taxation. But the party of Reagan – which understood that higher taxes on the rich are sometimes required to cure ruinous deficits – is dead and gone. Instead, the modern  Ronald Reagan (Public Domain)GOP hasRead full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2011 7:24AM

Measuring the Worth of My Words

Do I write because I’m a good writer, or am I a good writer because I write? Am I even a good writer? Am I a writer at all?

Writing, to me, is like fine art. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2011 12:22AM

Sandusky Sinks His Own Ship

Jerry Sandusky, the Penn State dirtbag accused of sodomizing a ten-year-old boy in the locker room shower,  is one sick puppy.  And by sick I mean the lowest form of human detritus roaming the globe, a predator masquerading as a tender-hearted do-gooder.

Bob Costas reportedly lear… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2011 10:23AM

All I Want to Do is Read a Book

If the Woodsman is Late

Like the majority of the people reading this post, I love books. I devoured as many as I could carry from the public library as a child.  I actually read the classics assigned in American and English literature classes; no Cliffs Notes for me.  In adulthood, when I/…

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 I felt the unwelcome signs of impending panic.  It wasn’t rational.  It certainly wasn’t timely.  But there it was.

As often happens when I watch the news, I became emotionally involved as the details of the Penn State molestation scandal were slowly revealed. … Read full post »

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

 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

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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.

 

Congress

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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 »