THE DIXIE DIVA: Never wait until tomorrow
An email arrived in the middle of the night back in August. Its message was to tell me that my precious friend Randy Parks, one of the dearest friends of my life, was back in the hospital with congestive heart failure.
THE DIXIE DIVA: We all have favorite people and favorite places
I love people who have colorful personalities with strong opinions wrapped in courtly charm.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Zell Miller a mighty man
The honorable Zell Miller of Young Harris, was raised by a remarkable mountain woman. Folks around those parts called her “Miss Birdie” while her son, a man who would grow up to influence Southern and national politics in a tremendous way, would always call her “Mama.”
THE DIXIE DIVA: Dixie Dew was 14 years and 8 months old
Somewhere in the celestial realm, it was determined that Dixie Dew would be treated to a trip to Mama’s lap in heaven and I, my heart crushed, would fall to my knees and plea for mercy from the grief.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Those who help will be blessed for their goodwill
The other day I had something on my mind, a situation we had just encountered with someone we had sought to help.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Hard times make the good times sweeter
The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted to share.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Antique Yankee needs better people skills
It was in the lovely Delta town of Greenwood, Mississippi that my adorable Yankee met a cranky Yankee. I would just like to say that observing this provided one of the most delightful evenings of my life.
THE DIXIE DIVA: A moonshiner would break the law, but not break his word
When the Chattanooga Better Business Bureau hired me as the keynote speaker for its annual luncheon, the president and CEO was very specific on what he wanted me to talk. He called twice to stress that I should build my talk around integrity and ethics in business.
THE DIXIE DIVA: There is something even sadder than being dead and forgotten
The Vietnam Memorial is there to remember those who fell while fighting a war at which America failed. It’s there so those soldiers won’t be forgotten.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Seeing the future value in things
All my life, as long as I can recall, Mama saved things. Not because she was sentimental but because she had grown up Scotch-Irish poor so any little bit of something might be valuable down the road.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Quiet moments are the best for finding time to create
The one piece of advice I always give to aspiring writers is to find time to reflect, which will, in turn, present a story, a philosophy or an observation that will prove worthy of recording.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Most of us are too distracted these days to observe people who cross our path
On those summer nights on the porch, I recall how Mama would sit quietly and string those green beans. She wasn’t moping or worrying, she was simply studying life and developing her opinions and philosophies.
THE DIXIE DIVA: It is fortunate for me that I was birthed and raised in the South
It has taken a while but I have come to know that writers are shaped dramatically by the places from which we come. Those places — the ones we call home — are the underlining, unsung melody to our words. It enlivens the compositions we create.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Civil War battlefield eludes GPS
A speaking engagement in the Chattanooga area landed us within a few minutes of Chickamauga, the site of one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles. So, I insisted that we take a side trip to the historic battlefield.
THE DIXIE DIVA: We can be blessings in meaningful ways
We all look around for those who are homeless, without food or children in need of Christmas, but often we overlook others who can afford shelter, food and clothing yet have other problems. We tend not to think of them in need so we don’t reach out to help.