As a storyteller, Hughes writes about love, parenting, grand-parenting, aging, and family (not only being why you are, but why you are the way you are). Lew-Ellyn's love of words and love of history along with her ability to pick out a single fleck of gold from the vast river of moments that flow through a day, she creates humorous, often poignant or insightful stories about Maine and its people.
"Maine Stories" is a collection of award-winning, nonfiction stories on Maine rural life. The author, Lew-Ellyn Hughes is an award-winning columnist. Her bi-monthly newspaper column, "Away with Words" is a seven-time winner in the Maine Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest.