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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Editor’s Pick
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


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 »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 8, 2012 4:13PM

The Right-Fighter Never Really Wins


 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



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 »

JULY 17, 2012 12:40AM

What Not to Wear? Says Who?

Sunny on WNTW before

  Sunny on WNTW after










Okay, at 28 years of age, Sunny, pictured above, seemed to have gotten stuck in a time warp with Tinkerbell as her stylist.  And, no, it wasn’t… Read full post »

JULY 13, 2012 4:35PM



    Sky in Atlanta on a cloudy day low pixels

Danger dressed in black lace

Billowing above the limbs

That will soon become rockets

Landing where they may


Beauty trumps fear

and offers the promise of raindrops

For the crackling landscape

Begging to be slaked


Sky in Atlanta on a cloudy day2 low pixels

 Subtle vertigo-inducing MoRead full post »

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JULY 11, 2012 4:43PM

Flying Solo




 I am single because it’s easier.  It’s as simple and as complicated as that. 

If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me “Humans aren’t meant to be alone so you need to find a boyfriend/husband,” I might be able  to… Read full post »


As often happens, this post was triggered by a post from another blogger.  This time it was Jonathan Wolfman’s Widening Sex-Crimes Scandal @ Air Force Training Command(s).

Power and control are the lifeblood of military life. I know this not from personal experience &nd… Read full post »

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JULY 6, 2012 1:25PM

"My Sister is an Only-Child"


That’s what she tells people sometimes.  Right in front of me, with a smirk that can be seen from the space station, she says it as if it were carved in stone.  And it never fails to break my heart.

It’s been interesting spending my entire life trying to… Read full post »

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JULY 5, 2012 3:19PM

"Busy" Me -Jake's OC


To hear my mother tell it, I have been “busy” from the moment of my conception.  While I gestated over those long nine months, she says, I found ways to interrupt her activities – like sleep – in ways for which she had not been prepared.  In… Read full post »

JUNE 30, 2012 11:57AM

Open Call: My Final Tweet



I'm outta here. You might ask "where?" I do not know, and I do not care.  #OnTheWayOut

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JUNE 27, 2012 4:35PM

Kosh’s OC: Catching Up with L


I came to OS in October 2009, mainly because my friendly ex-husband saw Julie and Julia and mentioned Salon.com.  I decided the “Open” aspect of OS was exactly what I was looking for, because I wanted to share my experiences with turning 65 right in the middle… Read full post »