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


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
The Magic of Ocean Time July 27, 2022 - It has been a few years since our entire blended family gathered at the beach for a vacation.  Let me just say, to achieve such a feat is nothing short of miraculous.  Sixteen folks ranging from age three to me and every stage in-between reunited for a week.   Four little ones, two teenagers, eight middle-agers, and a couple of juvenile old-timers are packed into one large house that may need some repair today.   When I first saw the ocean, I was heading to Florida from Tennessee with my parents and brother.  The car was hot, and the salty air… Read More
The Present You Cannot Buy July 24, 2022 - Jaxon, our grandson, spent the night with us recently.  This month he will turn the ripe old age of six and is about as busy as the bees swarming around our purple butterfly bush.  No word describes Jax's exuberance for life nor a power strong enough to slow him down.  Trust me, we tried, but to no avail. We planned on taking him to the community pool to waterlog some of his energy, but the roar of thunder only allowed an hour for us to burn a small amount of fuel in his supply tank.  Now what? Target is my… Read More
“Them Good Old Days?” July 13, 2022 - It seems that when every generation begins to age, they long for the return to those good old days.  Many wish for America as it was when they were young and yearn for a time when society reflected better values and morals.  Since I am a bona fide Baby Boomer, I understand. I recall The Greatest Generation thought the same when many of America's youth fled to Woodstock in bell bottoms, protested, and watched Elvis swivel his hips.  And God forbid if those irreverent boomers wore their hair like those boys called “Beatles.”  Today, many members of my generation are… 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
Secure the Future of Independence Day June 28, 2022 - This Independence Day, 2022, we find our nation filled with divisions, economic woes, violence, controversy, and worry.   Last year. we were hopeful that after the pandemic became more controllable, this July 4th would be filled with thanksgiving and enormous celebration. Perhaps, that was just a daydream.  How do we return to thoroughly enjoying our Independence Day celebrations amid such tribulation?  We will because we always have.  We have endured wars on foreign soil and on American earth, plagues, recessions, political upheaval, and brutality throughout our country's history.  And because we did, we must continue to believe we will do it… Read More
Improving Our Vision June 22, 2022 - We all look at life in remarkably different ways.  Some view the world as only they see it, while others view life by trying on other folks' glasses.   We all tend to believe we see clearly, but maybe, we are looking through scratched, foggy lenses that should be tossed. There are many ways to obtain better vision, such as eating carrots or investing in Windex.  However, I am offering a few non-scientific ideas on how to improve our eyesight.  Don't we all desire to see a crisp blue sky instead of gathering storm clouds and view positivity and healing rather… Read More
Loss: A Troubled Journey June 15, 2022 - Carter is moving away.  She is the 7-year-old granddaughter of my good friend.  Carter, her brother, and her parents are moving to South Georgia within days.  I felt Saturday would be the last time I would see this precocious, spirited child for a while.  When she turned to wave goodbye while walking toward her grandpa’s truck, something within my soul moved a flood of tears to form in my eyes.  I knew I would see Carter again when she visited her grandparents, so were the tears caused only by Carter leaving or something much deeper?   How odd when out… Read More
Pie and Ice Cream in Heaven June 10, 2022 - Occasionally, there are times when I wish I could laze away a day.  Do nothing, think of nothing, ignore the chores, and not require food.  The only problem with the whole scenario is that, thanks to my father, I am not made that way.   And, Lord, to miss a meal might send me to the hospital!  Again, thanks to dear ol’ Dad! When my father passed away in 1999, I informed my mother, "Don't worry, Mom, daddy will be back if they don't offer pecan pie and ice cream in heaven!"  So, just for you folks out there who are… 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
One Lone Man March 16, 2022 - "I never thought I would view such horror in the year 2022!" How often have you heard those words since the Russian invasion began in Ukraine?   Indeed, we assumed that we had evolved above tyranny, evil, and barbaric dictators as a society.  We also thought there could never be another Adolph Hitler or Stalin.  Leaders of nations today would undoubtedly fear repeating the destruction of World War II and any threat of nuclear warfare.  Certainly, humankind has learned its lessons from history. Yet, one lone man rose from the bowels of immorality, unchecked and unleashed, to render havoc and instill… Read More
Do Good While Standing Strong February 23, 2022 - Daddy always said, "The only problem with living long is watching others go away while I still stand strong."   He was right about that.  Many in my family lived long lives, and they were surrounded throughout their days with an abundance of good friends.  However, when the Lord finally called them home, few friends were left to bid them farewell.  My friend, Allison, passed away this week.  She was quite a force in the writing world who edited words, wrote books, and inspired many with her wisdom.  She was one of the first who thought a southern chic could tell… 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