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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I’m thinking it is pretty pathetic to feel as if one has said all one has to say about everything, but that’s how I feel. 

My writing get up and go got up and went about two weeks ago.  I refuse to believe it has anything to do… Read full post »

MARCH 19, 2013 2:53PM

Falling Into Place


I woke up this morning feeling groggy and seriously unmotivated, but I had made a commitment for 10 a.m., and a commitment for me is like an Eleventh Commandment.

It only took the party in my mouth that toothpaste creates to perk me up.  Even… Read full post »

MARCH 15, 2013 2:03PM

Eminess and Me

I have given her a name.  My new constant companion, Multiple Sclerosis or “Eminess.”  (Sorry Mr. Marshall Mathers or Eminem)

Sharing my personal business with others has never been a big deal for me. I’d rather be an open book than locked up alone with my own… Read full post »

MARCH 11, 2013 8:26PM

Poverty, Atlanta-style -- Bea's OC

Atlanta is a city unlike any other I have visited or lived in, at least when it comes to the visibility of poverty. 

Chicago has two complete “Sides” almost dedicated to the impoverished: The West Side and the majority of The South Side. People familiar with the layout… Read full post »

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MARCH 4, 2013 8:27PM

It's All In My Head


Brain with MS


Those who know me well understand I spend the vast majority of my time inside my own head.  It’ not, I don’t think, because I am self-absorbed so much as I am self-curious and self-driven.

Last week I received the news that there is an 80 percent… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 26, 2013 8:52PM

My Day With the Neurologist

You know how every time you go to a different doctor – whether it be for a consultation or a test – the first thing you get is a clipboard full of forms to fill out?  God, I hate that.  Especially after I found out that all that information was… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2013 1:55PM

No, I Am NOT Different, Dammit!


black and white yin and yang


I’ve just participated in a marathon comment thread on a post by fellow blogger Ron Powell.  If you have the time to read more than 250 comments, some of which are worthy of posts in their own right, you won’t regret it.  In essence,… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2013 3:19PM

Poor Rubio. His Speech Was Water-boarded


Marco Rubio is a good-looking, smooth-talking political animal.  He side-stepped the dubious Time Magazine characterization of him as a “savior” deftly enough to put a lid on the rubio2jokesters of late night. 

Because I prefer to hear both sides of just about any sto… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2013 1:38PM

My Mind is on Spin Cycle




Thoughts twirl and spin.  So many topics.  So many issues.  State of the Union? Who really knows?  We really need to care.

Guns are a constitutional right.  Why?  Some think the government will run amok. Others fear people who are have-nots want t… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2013 2:49PM

Have You Ever Heard Sixto Rodriguez?


It’s not that often that I stumble across something that excites me to the point of spending ten bucks to download a music album.  Why pay when one can find the same music on Spotify?

Yesterday I was jumping around on the web and came across a complete… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 7, 2013 2:02PM

Claustrophobia and MRI Don't Mix!

It all started when I was about eleven.  Being from the suburbs, we didn’t have much need for elevators.  Seemed like everything was on ground level back then. Mama took my sister and me to visit one of her work friends in The City.  This lady lived in… Read full post »


Rich man with money


There seems to be an active and vocal group of people on the political left who have a lot of negative feelings about wealthy Americans.  Every time I read a comment on a blog post that asserts some version of “Screw the rich. They are… Read full post »

JANUARY 30, 2013 12:56PM

Tears Burn My Eyes

Chicago murder victim hadiya-pendleton


Isn't’ she cute?  Meet 15-year-old Chicagoan Hadiyah Pendleton. 

This King College Preparatory High School student had the thrill of a lifetime when, as head majorette, she led the school’s marching band past the reviewing stand where the President of the Unite… Read full post »

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JANUARY 24, 2013 12:51PM

It's Official. I Have Mellowed With Age

 Lexus headlampMax: “Ms. L, you are not going to believe this, but the headlamp I ordered to replace yours is broken.”

Ms. L:  (Long silence, looking quizzically at Max, her official Lexus service professional) "Oh…whaaaat…hahahahahahaha…you have GOT to be kiddin… Read full post »

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JANUARY 22, 2013 1:55PM

FLOTUS On Display


POTUS and FLOTUS on parade


Like millions of other smitten Americans, I was pretty much tethered to the TV on Inauguration Day.  The day was magical, almost as surreal to this sexagenarian dreamer as the first swearing in of Barack H. Obama as President of the United States had been… Read full post »

JANUARY 20, 2013 3:27PM

Oscar Has His Work Cut Out For Him

  Oscar nominations

I did it.  Yesterday I completed my quest to see each of the nine movies nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Amour,  Argo,  Beasts of the Southern Wild,  Django Unchained,  Les Misérables,  Life of Pi,  Lincoln,  Silver LRead full post »

JANUARY 15, 2013 7:56PM

Never Give Up On A Kid

 Chicago Gang Book

Warts and all. That’s the way I like to tell my stories.  That’s the way I look at myself and the people I love.  There are no perfect people in real life.  Just flawed, broken, struggling human beings who make decisions; some good ones, some bad ones.… Read full post »


I fed the beast again today.  That would be the one that lures $20 bills out of my shallow pockets each week during Hollywood’s awards season.

I had to see for myself how a movie nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture could not garner a nod… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2012 2:53PM

Turn Out the Lights...

   Keep the Community, Ditch the Site

Open Salon is a community that uses the OS website to stay in touch with a core group of people who enjoy writing and discussing all kinds of topics. We, the writers, are the community; Open Salon is only a platform.Read full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2012 5:24PM

Being the Obamas on Election Night

He nods goodnight to the guys with the dark glasses, leaving them to serve as sentries on his front porch.

While stepping across that familiar and long-missed threshold he inhales deeply and slowly sighs it out while he quietly shuts the door.  It is 7:30 p.m.

She is already… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 31, 2012 2:30PM

Ignore the Bigger Picture at Our Peril

 As we stagger toward the final day of the quadrennial slugfest for the White House, we continue to see talking heads regaling us with stories of undecided voters.

How anyone who has a pulse and is not in a coma could have gotten to this Halloween day without… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 24, 2012 3:16PM

Dear God:


You already know I don’t think you exist.  I really wanted to believe.  It would make all the hell we are experiencing on this Earth at least worth it if we knew we would eventually land in a sky-based paradise of eternal bliss.

However, there seems to… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 19, 2012 1:16PM

The Current Political Discourse is Messing with My Head


It has been said about me that I may be black, but I’m not “black enough.”  I might be presumed black, because I don’t look white, but I don’t “think black” and I don’t “act black.”

News flash:  I AM black, just as the Pre… Read full post »

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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 »