Lynn Oldshue

I started Our Southern Souls after writing a story about the bus riders of Mobile, Alabama, for my magazine, The Southern Rambler. I rode the bus for months, listening to the stories of people who depend on public transportation for everything from work and school to shopping and appointments. I was frustrated when I couldn’t fit everyone’s story into the final version and I missed those interviews when the story was finished. My husband gave me the Humans of New York book filled with interviews on the streets of New York, and said this is what I should do.

Our Southern Souls became five-minute interviews with strangers. I have to do at least one a day, but it is often more than that. I love listening to people’s stories, but walking up to strangers and interrupting their lives is hard to do. Most people say yes and are kind and open and when it is over, we feel like were were supposed to meet.

The stories are funny and inspiring, sad and heartbreaking, or a quick moment in time. Readers say they find a part of themselves in the stories or share similar thoughts and feelings. These “strangers” and their stories have changed my life and helped me find my own story. They have taught me to pay more attention to life around me because there are interesting people everywhere you go, you just need open your eyes to see them.

Thanks for visiting and reading,
Lynn Oldshue


My mom was the mother of the neighborhood

My mom was the mother of the neighborhood

"My mom was shot and killed by her boyfriend on December first. She had dated him for about five months.
Read More
This is the only story we keep coming back to because the kids are an inspiration

This is the only story we keep coming back to because the kids are an inspiration

“We are shooting an episode for The Good Road that airs on Public Television in April. We are featuring Da'Cino,
Read More
We are vulnerable because of where we live

We are vulnerable because of where we live

"I am a pastor at Trinity Family in Trinity Gardens in Prichard. We started a church plant here ten years
Read More
My mother told me never to forget where I came from

My mother told me never to forget where I came from

“I went to Shaw High School in Mobile and graduated from the Naval Academy, I did two tours overseas in
Read More
God put this calling on our hearts

God put this calling on our hearts

"Our mission at Light of the Village is to go into the world of other people and meet them where
Read More