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valerieluesse
Alabama
Freelance writer/editor and Southern storyteller
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It’s not quite 4 a.m., and I’ve been in the Story Shack for a while. But then, I fell asleep before 8 last night, so I guess it evens out. For somebody like me, who lives by a tight schedule because that’s the only way I can squeeze everything in,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Goin' Down to Mama's
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Dear Reader: Prepare for incoherence. These are incoherent times, though, so I’m giving myself a pass. I find I have a case of Brain Ramble, how about you? This morning, as I looked out at my overgrown yard and saw pink azalea blooms and white flowers on my dogwood tree,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2020 at Goin' Down to Mama's
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Mama and I were talking a couple of days ago, as both of us were stocking our freezers and kitchens, getting ready for whatever happens next. And I said, “I think my generation and the ones that came after need your generation to show us how to do this.” She... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2020 at Goin' Down to Mama's
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Sometimes I take life way too seriously. I get myself all in a dither and I promise you, on any given day, I can find something to worry about. But every now and then, we just need to laugh. We need the joy of being flat-out silly. (I'm picturing Ouiser... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2020 at Goin' Down to Mama's
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Sometimes you have to take a thing apart to understand it. You have to look at the pieces out of their typical order if you want to see them clearly. I experience that just about every day at work. When I read a piece of copy out loud, I’ll hear... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Goin' Down to Mama's
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Whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed, I have been known to say, "I just need to go sit on a rock in the desert," or "I need to go stare at the ocean." I've never seen a desert, but I imagine them to be free of human-generated noise. I know the ocean... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2020 at Goin' Down to Mama's
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About a week ago I had a phone meeting with my gift-from-above agent, Leslie Stoker, to talk about my fourth book. (Yes, book three isn’t out yet, but book four is due in the fall, so we must charge ahead.) Basically, what I said to Leslie was, “I know what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2020 at Goin' Down to Mama's
Love you, sister! And thinking about you. Prayers for comfort and strength. I know you loved that sweet lady dearly--and always will.
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2020 on Sunday Morning Serenity at Goin' Down to Mama's
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This morning I read an article by Jonathan Peterson called “Running So Fast Our Souls Can’t Keep Up.” It was an interview with author John Eldredge, who I’m not familiar with, but the title caught my attention. The interview was all about the frenetic pace at which we live and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2020 at Goin' Down to Mama's
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Why are we uncomfortable with things we can’t explain? It’s just human nature to want to know the how and the why and the when. A few online reviewers were uncomfortable with the way Little Mama’s house “talks” in Almost Home. I guess they thought I was venturing into the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2020 at Goin' Down to Mama's
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I feel like we’ve boarded that long rollercoaster ride from winter to spring. It’s rainy and warm one minute, sunny and biting cold the next. My daffodils are blooming, but the heat’s on high and I’m writing with a blanket wrapped around me like a grandma shawl. I’ve got an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2020 at Goin' Down to Mama's
I love her storytelling and her voice!
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2020 on Sunday Morning Serenity at Goin' Down to Mama's
Much love to you, sweet friend!
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2020 on Sunday Morning Serenity at Goin' Down to Mama's
Thank you so much, Vicki! I had a great time with y'all and so appreciate the warm welcome!
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My high school graduating class is planning a reunion for early summer. And my own mother gasped loudly when I told her it was our fortieth. If your Mama is shocked to realize how old you are, does that mean you’re seriously old?? I think it might. It’s strange what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2020 at Goin' Down to Mama's
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There’s a Kate Campbell song called “Waiting for the Weather to Break,” and I feel like that’s what most of us spent yesterday morning doing—anticipating an unknown “something” out there, wondering just how bad it would be, preparing as best we could, and hoping it passed quickly. If “waiting for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2020 at Goin' Down to Mama's
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My fat clothes are tight. What’s new with you? I probably should’ve made a New Year’s resolution to lose 30 pounds, but I didn’t. Instead, I’m adopting, as my resolution, the wise words of my dear friend Jane, who used to say, “Sometimes you’ve just gotta let the rough end... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2020 at Goin' Down to Mama's
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[Image by Eric Yuen at Freerangestock.com] I was struggling with what I should write this morning, but then just before daylight, it started to rain, and the sound of raindrops sprinkling the leaves made me stop thinking altogether and just listen. I’ve always found nature to be a fine companion.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2019 at Goin' Down to Mama's
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[Holly image by Tomas Adomaitis @ Freerangestock.com] This morning, as I did my best to follow setup instructions so an electronic gizmo would actually work out of the gift box, as I mentally calculated what time I need to be at the church fellowship and worked backward to the time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2019 at Goin' Down to Mama's
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This is one of those mornings I wish I could hold onto. It’s quiet and cold and foggy outside, but the Story Shack is toasty warm. Before the overcast sky brightened up enough to show the neighborhood, I could see Christmas lights twinkling from the house across the street but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2019 at Goin' Down to Mama's
Just emailed my book edits. Major relief! Let's talk more often. I think you brought me luck:)
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2019 on Sunday Morning Serenity at Goin' Down to Mama's
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This is one of THOSE holiday weekends—way too much to do in way too little time. It’s my last weekend with my third book, so it’s now or never to make any big changes. We have the only dark house in a cluster of festive ones, all lit up for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2019 at Goin' Down to Mama's
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I guess this big football weekend has me thinking back to my time on The Plains. As an only child who had never been anywhere, I had a rough adjustment to college. But once I got over that hump, my Auburn years were some of the happiest of my life—final... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at Goin' Down to Mama's
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Mama’s always said I’m not very good at doing nothing. For the past week, however, I haven’t had a choice. I got walloped by what I would describe as gastro-intestinal mayhem of epic proportions, enhanced by the occasional fever and chills. It introduced itself, as these things do, right at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2019 at Goin' Down to Mama's
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One of my “baby” cousins joined the Army recently—farther away from home than he has ever been and sharing close quarters with young men from all over the place and all kinds of circumstances. He'll be graduating soon. The only thing I have to compare with his experience is my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Goin' Down to Mama's