Marlene Ratledge Buchanan

Georgia Author

Southern Humor - Essays

Cozy Southern Mysteries


New from Marlene

A Southern Cozy Mystery


A Place with a Past is a southern cozy mystery, complete with a love story, a murder and a couple of ghosts.


An unexpected inheritance leads a school teacher to find two ghosts living in the family home place. One demands she leave, and the other asks for protection. A little love, little laughter, and a great deal of southern charm leads the reader into a book of hidden family secrets.


A Southern Humorist


How has your day been? Tough? Great? Mediocre? Stop and read awhile.


Life is hard- Soften It with Laughter is designed to look at life and find a giggle. Don’t stop at a giggle….laugh out loud at some of my life’s misadventures and mishaps, ranging from bleached out possums to losing dead bodies to dealing with the bureaucracy of business, there is something here for everyone. Sit and read a spell.


There is something here for everyone. I hope this book of essays will give you a giggle if not a guffaw. Life is hard. We need to do whatever we can to make is softer. Come laugh with me.


The Author


 I believe in full moons, the existence of hoo-doodies, gaudy as a fashion statement, and the fact that chocolate and laughter can cure most of what ails you.


With over 34 years of teaching and counseling in high schools, I am more than well versed in adolescent hormone and parent nightmares. My students called Ms. Rat and through the years I have been gifted with a significant collection of mice/rats and other rodent-like vermin.


I married my husband 364 days after our first date. I wanted a rich old man. I only got old, but he has made my life so much richer. We have one child, now a grown man, who is mildly mentally handicapped and is a blessing—often in disguise.


A lot of the essays within this book originally appeared in various columns I have written, including my current column, “Hey Y’all”, published in theGwinnett Citizen. 

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