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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OCTOBER 10, 2012 1:01PM

Backlash from Black Americans

 

Stacey Dash flap

 

It used to be a kind of “family” secret.  Before Twitter and Facebook, we were able to keep the intra-community ugliness under wraps, more or less, while we shot each other with poison arrows via the grapevine.

Stacey Dash, star of the 90s hit movie, ClueRead full post »

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OCTOBER 8, 2012 3:05PM

Euphemisims: Who Needs Them?

Lie -- definition from Merriam-Webster

The other day I got involved in a Facebook exchange about the Presidential campaign in general, which was triggered by a discussion of the October 3, 2012 debate between the President and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

I asserted that one of the explanations I’ve heard for President… Read full post »

 

You’ve seen it on these pages many times.  One of our fellow bloggers who writes almost exclusively about current events or politics attempts to lay out for our consideration a solution to one of the world’s diciest problems.  And soon someone swoops in and wants… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 2:26PM

50th High School Reunion Was a Blast

 

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          Proviso East High School Pirates, Maywood, Illinois

 

It felt much like one of the school dances we loved to have.  These were the times when the squares (nerds,) the hoods (hoodlums,) the social climbers, the brain… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 5:31PM

Fifty Years Ago Today...

 

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Proviso High School Freshman Class Officers 1958

 

…I had just arrived on campus, parents in tow, to begin an adventure that no one in my known lineage had experienced.  College.

I have written about some of my escapades during those idyllic four… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 7:22PM

Regrets? I've Had a Few

 

Events of the times are shutting me down.  For nearly three years now I have been spilling my story like a dental patient on nitrous oxide.  My not-so-easy childhood, my adventures as an adolescent and a young adult, my heartbreaks and heartaches.  I have tried to describe… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 11:50AM

L'shanah Tova!

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 2:20PM

Will WWIII Be Started Online?

 

Loose Lips Sink Ships, a variation of a poster slogan used during World War Two, seems extremely relevant today, albeit in a different sense.  loose-lips

Back then it was a reminder to Americans to watch what they say to avoid giving away strategic war secrets to the… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 2:39PM

Michelle...Our Belle

 

Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble  -- The Beatles

Michelle Obama at 2012 DNC

Our elegant, statuesque, brainy First Lady knocked ‘em dead last night.  I’m still not clear if she was using the prompter or if she was speaking extemporaneously, but one thing I am sure… Read full post »

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AUGUST 31, 2012 5:34PM

We Need You Again, FDR

 

 

They were far from rich.  They were factory workers, secretaries and postal clerks.  They scraped together the down-payment to buy a $7,000 duplex in 1949, proud as can be to be homeowners.  They were my family and they adored-- literally adored-- Franklin Delano Roos… Read full post »

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AUGUST 30, 2012 3:40PM

Paul Ryan is a Smooth, Charismatic Liar

 

  
Paul Ryan

As Paul Ryan strode confidently to the podium Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention, my thoughts jumped immediately back to 2004.  I had the exact same thought when now-President Barack Obama opened his mouth and uttered his first line from … Read full post »

 

Sometimes I half expect to wake up from a looooooooong sleep, one that featured a dream lasting for decades.  No nightmare I have ever had can hold a candle to the daymares the world faces on a daily basis.

Remember that scene from the movie Private Benjamin (1980),Read full post »

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AUGUST 21, 2012 12:42PM

Hoof in Mouth Disease Just Might Save the Nation

 

Ah, Todd Akin.  You are such an intellectual lightweight, I’m not even sure you understand what a favor you have done to the Obama campaign.

Candidate for U. S. Senator Todd Akin,( r.,) stood at Paul Ryan’s side as Ryan announced his controversialRead full post »
AUGUST 19, 2012 12:46PM

Reasons to be Proud

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When I ran into a neighbor I hadn’t seen in months in the grocery store this past week, she was anxious to tell me how much she enjoyed my son’s role in the 2011 hit movie Moneyball. 

How is your son?  You must be soooooo proud of him!”… Read full post »

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AUGUST 8, 2012 4:13PM

The Right-Fighter Never Really Wins

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 A right-fighter is someone who struggles to win arguments, even if they doubt their own view. A right-fighter is someone who gets overly emotional or angry when people do not agree with them and their opinions or beliefs. A right-fighter is someone who insists on havingRead full post »

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AUGUST 7, 2012 1:30PM

A Letter to Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas Dear Gabby,

Congratulations on your monumental achievement.  That gold medal hanging around your tiny neck is your reward for your hard work and your great sacrifices.  Most of us here back home are bursting with pride, as if we did something other than cheer you… Read full post »

AUGUST 3, 2012 12:46PM

August Storm Surprises

 

It seemed to come out of nowhere.  The cooling afternoon thunderstorms we have  been getting with unusual frequency were not predicted yesterday.

 I was reading OS posts on my laptop  when the sky opened and literally poured sheets of rain over our landscape.  Rain is… Read full post »

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AUGUST 2, 2012 12:51PM

Mosquitoes–170M Years of Misery

 

"One in 10 people are highly attractive to mosquitoes," reports Jerry Butler, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Florida

 

Mosquito biting from HowStuffWorks

 

Lucky me!  For once I am in the upper 10% of a category of humans.  Mosquitoes are so enamored of my essence, they… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2012 4:53PM

Spoilers, Spoilers Everywhere

 

I am as mad as a hornet!  I could spit nails.  Think of any cliché that means being angry beyond all measure and I am that angry.

As I sat typing on my laptop, my Microsoft Outlook email manager flashed an incoming message.  It was Breaking News from… Read full post »

JULY 30, 2012 12:45PM

JUST DID IT!

 

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning I wake up and start an argument. 

Maybe I’ll just skip the cardio dance class today.  My hair looks too cute to sweat.

Think Nike, Lezlie.  Stop your malingering, you twit.  Get your ass up!”

That teacher atRead full post »

JULY 26, 2012 5:04PM

Who are "The People?"

 

Bill of Rights

 

All this talk about the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has caused me to do a little research.  No one would ever accuse me of being well-versed in the constitution or any of the specific rights affected by the Bill of Rights. … Read full post »

 

Two twenty-something women went to a trendy new wine bar/restaurant Saturday night.  The popular night spot is the most recent upscale dining option in the commercial district of my Atlanta neighborhood  Sipping wine and eating tapas is a satisfying way to spend an evening.

A litt… Read full post »

JULY 21, 2012 4:27PM

Sans Taxes

 

I woke up one morning out of a deep, coma-like sleep.  Inexplicably, I felt awash in a sense of newness. Foreignness.  Something had changed.  Something was different.

I looked at the calendar—Monday, January 21, 2013.  Oh yes.  Now I remembered.  It… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2012 2:01PM

Whoa! A Not So Gentle Reminder

 

As a writer who uses television as white noise, I see a lot of things I wish I hadn’t.  I might look up from my reading or keyboard and see on the screen a person behaving so badly in front of a judge, for instance, I just cannot… Read full post »