Len Persons Bourland is an award winning columnist in Dallas with her columns in the Park Cities People for over two decades, a freelance writer with credits in local publications including D magazine and the former Dallas Times Herald, and a guest commentator on local NPR’s KERA 90.1 radio. Her writings about her children’s antics and wry insights upon moving to the land of flash and cash in the Reagan Era in the 80’s quickly expanded into frank and amusing episodes of surviving a public divorce, single parenting adolescents, dating at mid-life, building a career, living and loving through the New Millennium to whatever this era is now.
She has woven several of her most popular columns into her book and ebook “Normal’s Just a Cycle on a Washing Machine.”
Born in New Orleans, she has lived in Houston, Texas; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Nashville, Tennessee; Aix-en-Provence, France; and Jackson, Mississippi before moving to Dallas where she has lived for over 40 years. Len credits her love of language from her Westminster Prep school education in Atlanta, her love of history from her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt and graduate degree at SMU. In addition to writing and teaching, she became a sales Vice President in residential real estate. This confluence of cultures and experiences has shaped her humor, which is at once anecdotal and universal. She continues to wear many hats but her favorite is as Lolly to her six grandchildren.