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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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 »


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


Proviso logo
          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...


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 »