Every day reveals a new story, a new bend in the road, and a clearer understanding of our journey.

About Southern Comfort

Penned by the beloved storyteller and newspaper columnist, Lynn Walker Gendusa, Southern Comfort is full of short, heartwarming stories plucked from her life.

With her signature transparency, Lynn invites readers into her world, which turns out to be the same world we all inhabit—a world full of scrapes and bruises, love and laughter, and weeping and dancing all tumbling together through our days.

Lynn’s compassion and warmth shine through as she acknowledges suffering, as she reminds us that we all belong to one family (the human family), and as she calls us to serve each other with kindness.

In the end, this book is a celebration of life. Sure, our lives are full of messiness and pain, but this book reminds us, most vigorously, that our lives are also full of color and laughter and joy.  With humility, love, and a great sense of humor, Lynn shows us not only how to survive this sometime-crazy life but also how to thrive.


A master of mood and situations, Lynn Gendusa plumbs the depth of both with intense, honest, spiritual boldness.  Southern Comfort intimately ponders the shatterproof resistance of family, friendship, and faith. She lays all her cards on the table in her personal showdown with life.
Lee Walburn, editor emeritus Atlanta Magazine

Lynn Walker Gendusa is a masterful storyteller who connects her readers to home, common sense, and culture.  Her heart comes through in every sentence and the topics compel the reader to stop for a few moments, take a deep breath and be grateful for all the things that matter in life such as family, friendship, and neighborliness.
—David Plazas, Opinion and Engagement Director for the USA TODAY Network in Tennessee and The Tennessean

Lynn Gendusa writes with wisdom and humility and offers comfort and empathy to her readers.  Reading one of her columns is like savoring a piece of warm pie for breakfast.  I know you will enjoy this collection!
Jan Eliot, creator of the comic strip Stone Soup

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It’s All Write With Me!

It’s All Write With Me! Essays From My Heart, is a book filled with personal insights and stories from the heart of Lynn Walker Gendusa. The book has fifteen chapters accompanied by original illustrations.

Chapters include the following topics: Family, Faith, Roots, Friends, LaGrange, Shadows, Southland, Healing, Age(less), Lessons, Treasures, America, Celebrate, Joy and The Last Chapter. The stories are a compilation of columns and articles that have appeared in newspapers and other publications throughout the country and offer inspiration and encouragement to the reader.

The author shares her own journey with depression in the chapter “Shadows” and her personal relationship with God in the essays about Faith. Patriotism shines in “America” and she shares her love of her beloved Southland. Celebrations of life are abundant throughout the book and “The Last Chapter” reminds us that we will all leave this world one day, however, a door is left ajar to enter another one. Just follow the light!


When Lynn Gendusa weaves the commonality of life’s ups and downs into the tapestry of her essays we see and feel remarkable similarities to our own joys, heartaches and victories. It takes an exceptional writer to connect so intimately with her readers. In this collection of Lynn’s stories be prepared to laugh hard, cry hard, and most of all, make sense of things.
—Lee Walburn, Editor Emeritus of Atlanta Magazine

Lynn understands people, their opportunities and challenges. Her columns leave good feelings radiating after each-a nice addition to today’s hard news.
—Jim Boone, Chairman of the Board, Boone Newspapers

If you like to read, don’t wait another minute to open this book and meet Lynn Gendusa who loves to write. And does it so well! She’ll tug at your heartstrings, remind you of the strength of family ties, and keep us all on a positive path of loving service to community and country. From quirky nostalgia on such as handmade aprons, iron skillets and homemade fried chicken, to the warmth of family past and current, Lynn’s memories and musings unite us all in the power of her words to open our hearts and minds to what is old or new and always deeply felt by us all.
—Allison St. Claire, Editor, Publisher, Senior Wire News Service

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About Lynn

After spending forty-three years as an interior designer, Lynn Walker Gendusa was ready to retire to a hammock somewhere overlooking the blue ocean. Except God had other plans. Within a few weeks of putting down her tape measure, she picked up a pen. Her first story was published in the LaGrange Daily News in LaGrange, Georgia, her former hometown. Within a few more weeks, she became a weekly columnist for the paper, writing essays about faith, America, family, friends, depression, joy, holidays, and the other stuff of life. Her work soon spread across the country to other publications that loved her relatable down-home stories that are laced with inspiration as well as frankness.

Lynn has compiled many of her columns into these pages after readers encouraged her to do so. Her mission is to always inspire and remind us of life’s abundant blessings. She believes, “Every day reveals a new story, a new bend in the road, and a clearer understanding of our journey.”

Lynn currently resides in Roswell, Georgia with her husband David. She is the mother of three children, two stepchildren and three grandchildren.

The Writing Place


Hearing the Whispers that Save Us October 5, 2022 - Like most of us, we become distracted by all the goings-on in our lives.  Money, politics, work, and obligations pull us in different directions every moment of each day.  We are exhausted by the constant barrage of bad news and meanness floating around us, intent on dragging us further into a downward, chaotic spiral.  Where do we find shelter and relief? First, we must believe in our higher selves that answer a calling deep within our souls.  A faint inner voice tells us to live responsibly and search for the whisperer.  We fight tooth and nail over politics and policies. … Read More
Our Fears Can Defeat Us September 29, 2022 - Man, do I hope someone out there reads this story before it is too late to be able to read! A remarkable family man who is intelligent, financially secure, happily married, and full of humor is dying.  Those who love him are heartbroken and know there was so much more he was meant to do.  Yes, there were warning signs, red flags, and sirens blaring.  However, no matter how brilliant some perceive themselves to be, many will ignore the oncoming train, the inevitable crash, because of fear.  My friend made a choice to let fear win. He chose to ignore… Read More
Repair the broken Cup with Respect September 21, 2022 - As we watch a nation mourn its Queen and fill its streets with flowers and tears, we are in awe of the love and reverence shown to Queen Elizabeth.  Whether or not one agrees with the monarchy is not the issue.  But the point is how much the world is captivated by the outpouring of appreciation and respect. Behind an antique hutch glass door in my foyer lies an exquisite bone china teacup and saucer.  My mother, Elizabeth, cherished her gift from England sent in 1953.  Years later, she was not so enamored with her two children when we broke… Read More
Searching for War to Find Peace? September 14, 2022 - My father said years ago, “When America seems lost or divided, angry or hopeless, a war or tragedy usually is the cure.”  "Dad, that is so sad.  Why does it have to be that way?  It seems totally ridiculous to me!" I frustratingly replied. His one-word response as he walked away was, "Humans." However, history does seem to back Dad’s theory.  After September 11, 2001, an entire country wept.  Political discord was forgotten, differing opinions lost importance, and we joined hands in prayer.  We grieved together, determined to unify, defend, and protect the integrity of America.  Today, will it require… Read More
The Years of Septembers September 7, 2022 - Oh my, it's September again!  I love this month with its beginnings of all things good.  September flushes out the heat of summer and ushers in the cool breezes of fall.  Toward the month’s end, faded green hills turn to shades of brilliant ambers, reds, and golds.  Of course, football frenzy is always welcomed, bringing out the happy crazy in all of us.  Likewise, Hobby Lobby is stocking its shelves with Christmas merchandise, which always prompts the cheery in Santa and me.  Yes, I greet September happily, except by October 1st, I have turned another page on age.  However, since… Read More
Only White Gladiolas for Grandpa August 31, 2022 - I stood in front of the kitchen sink gazing out my grandmother’s (aka Grandpa's) window. The garden was splendid in its full summer glory. Dew settled on the corn stalks, green beans, and plump red tomatoes while two rows of gladiolas reached toward heaven. “Grandpa, why do you only grow white gladiolas each year? You know they come in different colors, right?" I teasingly questioned and continued, "Your favorite color is pink, so why not grow pink flowers? “Well, I don't like any other color for my gladiolas. White is majestic, spiritual, and holy. I take them to the church… Read More
Too Big for Our Breeches? August 24, 2022 - As 8th graders in middle Tennessee, our class traveled to Nashville for our big field trip before heading to high school.   We visited the State Capital building, where we were allowed to occupy congressional member's chairs.   I settled into a wooden seat that was not only worn but creaked, so I dared not squirm as a member of the General Assembly began to speak.  The orator scanned the young audience and then bellowed, pointing in my direction. "You, the young girl with the blonde hair in the plaid dress.”  “Me?” I responded with surprise.  “Do you know whose chair you… Read More
How to be “Always Cool” August 17, 2022 - Each day we hear and read, the world is full of breaking bad news. Political discourse, shootings, distrust, wars, and economic woes can put us all in a foul state of mind. Unfortunately, such a mindset can motivate us to give up or no longer care. However,  some of us are born with a will to keep trying no matter what is thrown our way. I am blessed to know a few whose spirit won over immeasurably odds and whose courage inspires many never to give up and always care. I met Austin P. Cook when I moved to LaGrange,… Read More
Choosing the Right Side of Wrong August 10, 2022 - Every time an election is on the horizon, I begin to smile less, fret more, and pray for the day the votes are cast and the campaign blitzes are over.  Whether it is a local or national race, neither appeal to me.  And even though the right to vote is sacred, some candidates in the last few years seem to be missing anything that has to do with being sacred. It is a Sunday morning, and the sky is about as gray as the political air.  Everyone says election outcomes are determined by the state of our economy.  Of course,… Read More
Why Do We Suffer? August 3, 2022 - A child will require stitches daily, and a father will break his leg in a fall.  An aunt needs a hip replacement while her husband's rotator cuff quit revolving.  A sister will endure the pain of a broken heart.  Gall and kidney stones will become thorns in our innards while diseases attempt to land at jet speed on our unsuspecting souls.  Car crashes will occur, and who knows when a bullet will graze or harm us? What do we do when our parts wear out, are damaged or broken, or when sickness invades us?  My husband is sporting a cast… Read More
IT TAKES TWO July 6, 2022 - Ok, here goes; I am dipping my pen in the inkwell of the abortion debate, but not the way you may think.  I don't believe we will ever agree on that issue, so it seems useless to voice another opinion. Years (I do mean eons) ago, I returned to college.  I decided to change my career path from interior design to become a Health and Physical Education student.  I was a wee bit athletic, yet I wasn't leaning toward teaching physical education but instead educating others about health.  Especially women who lived in poverty and did not have access to… Read More
The Tragedies of Hopelessness June 1, 2022 - As I write this column, it is a beautiful Monday, Memorial Day morning.  The birds sing while American flags proudly display their colors around our neighborhoods across America.   Folks prepare for cookouts or a day at the lake and relish time away from work.  It is a happy picture of American life, yet there is undeniable grief amid such joy. Twenty-one white crosses rise from Texas soil, memorializing the children and teachers who died in an explosion of gunfire.  A white supremacist killed 10 innocents in a grocery store in New York.  Violence injured teens in Tennessee, and an intoxicated… Read More
Salute the Vietnam Warriors May 27, 2021 - While recently thumbing through my old Tennessee and Georgia high school yearbooks, tears pooled in my eyes.  Yes, they were all there, young men with hope in their eyes and their youth on the edge of disappearing. I wonder what they would have accomplished in their lives if they had the promise of a future.  Would they laugh as I do at the silly antics of a grandchild?  Would they still possess the impish grin the camera caught in the 60s? Maybe Howard would have made it onto the big screen with his good looks.  Perhaps Bobby would be a… Read More