L in the Southeast's Blog (121)

On R. Kelly

RACISM has really done a number on some of my black brothers and sisters!

I wasn’t going to attempt to write about this, because it is so complicated and fraught with opportunities to misunderstand.  But I’ll be damned if somebody didn’t just pull my trigger.

If you aren’t familiar with who R. Kelly is, think “I Believe I Can Fly.”  He is an R&B superstar…


Added by L in the Southeast on January 11, 2019 at 9:57pm — 5 Comments

Life Being Unfair is an Understatement

My sister's 14-year-old grandson has been dealt a nasty blow.  Like millions of other American families who receive a wholly unexpected medical diagnosis, my nephew is facing a long, drawn-out financial destruction.  Please read his story below and forward to any organization or private party who provide help for this kind of need.  …


Added by L in the Southeast on July 30, 2017 at 8:13am — 7 Comments

Christmas Nostalgia

I would give almost anything to experience just one more time the joy and anticipation of Christmas I felt as a child.  That was a time when it was okay to believe in magic; that this portly old dude in red velvet could perform feats that boggled the youngest of minds. 

My family made all kinds of magic, far above and beyond the call of duty.  On this Christmas Eve in my childhood the house would be devoid of all decorations – no wreaths, no tree, no presents, no nothing.  It was just…


Added by L in the Southeast on December 24, 2016 at 10:00am — 17 Comments

Bill Clinton's Sister Souljah Moment # ?

Many of you might remember Chauncey DeVega from our Open Salon days.  He was a "fan" favorite of the resident conservatives there.  NOT!

I thought you might enjoy reading his interview with the two young Black Lives Matter people who earned the wrath of the First Dude hopeful in Philadelphia several days ago.    …


Added by L in the Southeast on April 13, 2016 at 11:57am — 14 Comments

Farewell, Kim Gamble

Added by L in the Southeast on February 22, 2016 at 7:42am — 20 Comments

Living in a world of hate


New essay from moi.


Added by L in the Southeast on December 13, 2015 at 10:40am — 9 Comments

Black America: Damned if We Do, Damned if We Don't

Hi, everyone. This is my latest piece about a gang killing of a 9-year-old Chicago child.


Added by L in the Southeast on November 9, 2015 at 3:39pm — 7 Comments

Former OSer Needs Our Support

Many of you will remember David McClain, the gifted spinner of folksy yarns (and books) and the proud owner of Almosta Ranch, in Doliphan, Missouri.  Sadly, after a series of serious medical events, David's wife Mel (Melinda) suffered a fatal heart attack on Saturday, October 24 as they sat in their twin easy chairs watching TV.

David is a proud Texan, a man's man who detests showing weakness and/or asking for help.  However, many of us have become his Virtual Helicopter…


Added by L in the Southeast on November 5, 2015 at 1:41pm — 18 Comments

When "isms" Collide

Hillary Clinton seems to have the rare ability to simultaneously bring out the best and the worst in people.  Her staunch supporters have no patience with people who, like me, are boosting Bernie Sanders' campaign.  My recent encounters inspired this:


Added by L in the Southeast on October 23, 2015 at 8:56am — 10 Comments

And How are YOU Today?

My head reels over politics,

Their "facts" splay out like Pickup Sticks .

My body hurts from stem to stern;

No income am I fit to earn.

No COLA raise for us again,

But costs increase as fast as sin.

Which "luxury" shall I cut this time?

Prescription drugs or rent on time?

My Facebook friends are in a fight

Clinton/Sanders, which is right?

My family life, such that it is,

Becomes which one the culprit is.

Who, me… Continue

Added by L in the Southeast on October 19, 2015 at 7:03am — 11 Comments

I Can't Take it Anymore!

This year's Stupid Season has been as bizarre as any I've seen in my longish life.  Although I was relatively content to spend the rest of my years on this rapidly declining planet doing my small part to fight racism, the time has come for me to step up, before it's too late.…


Added by L in the Southeast on October 2, 2015 at 8:00am — 15 Comments

Papa Francisco and Me

My essay about the impact of Pope Francis's visit on me has been published on The Broad Side:


I've been surprised my own self!  LOL

Added by L in the Southeast on September 26, 2015 at 12:55pm — 8 Comments

A Parable

A woman lies in a hospital bed writhing in pain.  Her pain meds have stopped working and instead of feeling better, her pain is getting worse.  She rings for the nurse.

Nurse: "{How can I help you?"

Patient: I am in horrible pain.  I don't think I can take it anymore."

Nurse:  "All the patients in this hospital are in pain."

Capisce?  That's what they're doing when they chant All Lives Matter in response to Black Lives Matter activists.  

Added by L in the Southeast on August 13, 2015 at 7:10am — 8 Comments

What's Up with You, Rachel Dolezal?

When I first heard about you, I burst out laughing.  I mean I let loose with one of those stomach-powered LOLs.  Please let me explain.

I am a 70 year old woman of mixed race. Although I have probably been mistaken for almost every other kind of persons of color, no one has ever asked me if I was white.  (Okay, well there was that little kid – what did he know?) I have facial characteristics of all three classifications of my ancestry:  European, African and Native American.  I…


Added by L in the Southeast on June 16, 2015 at 12:00pm — 25 Comments

Report Card on Selma, the Movie

Casting: A-

Cinematography: A

Screenplay: A (Paul Webb)

Lead Actor:  A+ (David Oyelowo)

Lead Female Actor: A  (Carmen Ejogo)

Direction: A  (Ava DuVernay)

It is one thing to watch the news on one’s black and white television set, news that was selected and edited and scrutinized for pubic consumption.  Seeing it courtesy of Walter Cronkite was…


Added by L in the Southeast on December 31, 2014 at 3:30pm — 15 Comments

Talking to the Wall -- our new eBook is now online!

We've done it!Talking to the Wall final cover

The project, which was undertaken more than  a year ago, by a team of Our Salon bloggers and myself, is finally completed and is now available online.

The ebook contains…


Added by L in the Southeast on September 21, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Living With L

Cross-posted on Open Salon

Hello, my human’s virtual posse. I would say I hoped all is well out there in the ether for you, but I keep up with what is going on here.  I know things have been – shall I say – interesting lately.

I wasn’t really paying all that much attention to your issues until I started to notice L…


Added by L in the Southeast on September 7, 2014 at 10:08am — 2 Comments

A Blockhead's Thoughts on Ferguson, MO


That would be me.  My new best friend Arthur Louis bestowed me and others who believe racism plays a role in American policing and criminal justice with that moniker yesterday.

I have waited an uncharacteristically long period of time to weigh in on the incident in small-town Missouri.  I have learned to delay taking a stand on these kinds of…


Added by L in the Southeast on August 17, 2014 at 9:30am — 6 Comments


Hooking up on BS

Posted by Robert B. James on June 24, 2019 at 7:47am 3 Comments

Just a Little Too

Posted by Doc Vega on June 24, 2019 at 1:39am 0 Comments

Water View II

Posted by koshersalaami on June 23, 2019 at 3:00pm 11 Comments

The Merlin Of BindleSnitch

Posted by Robert B. James on June 23, 2019 at 7:07am 6 Comments

Old Soft Shoe (POEM)

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 22, 2019 at 1:00pm 4 Comments

I saw one Mountain Lion

Posted by Robert B. James on June 22, 2019 at 8:00am 3 Comments

A Measure of Intelligence

Posted by Doc Vega on June 21, 2019 at 1:50pm 0 Comments

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