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


We put everything we had into this move. Coronavirus closed our store doors eleven days later

We put everything we had into this move. Coronavirus closed our store doors eleven days later

“The dream was to get La La Land Boutique to Fairhope. Our first location in Daphne wasn't great. We built...
Read More
I am a good witch

I am a good witch

“This is my favorite outfit. My birthday is at Halloween and I am a good witch. I am in first...
Read More
I had the name and menu years before I had the location

I had the name and menu years before I had the location

"I grew up in Birmingham and went to Auburn. During the summers, I went to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and cooked...
Read More
We went to the same high school but didn’t know each other there

We went to the same high school but didn’t know each other there

"We go to online classes on April 1. I think it is going to be easy. I am majoring in...
Read More
We are all broken people and our purpose is to help other broken people

We are all broken people and our purpose is to help other broken people

“I have been through tough times. Some self-inflicted. The worst feeling is loneliness. I was lucky to always have someone...
Read More