Marlene Ratledge Buchanan

Georgia Author                                         Southern Humor - Essays


 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. 

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. I’m sure that police officer is still shaking his head at his misfortune of dealing with me in a full-blown spider dance/fit. That spider was the size of a dinner platter and he was looking at me like I could be his next meal for years. Pets?  Mine are flying monkeys in the form of felines.


As a retired high school art teacher and counselor, I’ve had plenty of experiences with the adolescent hormones to the horrormones of menopause and cancer. I have a tried and true prescription on how to deal with both. It involves a pillow, tissue, and lots of chocolate.


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.

Ms. Rat Writes

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