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.
THE DIXIE DIVA: No one, regardless of how old we are, likes to be an orphan
I don’t like being an orphan. These days, particularly, I yearn for their counsel and commonsensical insights into a world that is spinning quickly into something that I cannot recognize or understand. I need Daddy, who was my rudder, and Mama who was my anchor.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Georgia geography eludes Hollywood script writers
The problem here, which I realized as soon as I was able to prove to myself that I was right about the Savannah River, is that we television viewers and movie goers tend to think that Hollywood, with all its money and means, gets its facts straight.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Sometimes you dont know what youre missing
By reading only digital editions, I have been missing out on great stories layered deep in the pages.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Winners, I have discovered, do not like to associate with losers
“Gen. Longstreet Chapter,” the sign read with an arrow pointing toward a certain room. I read it aloud then my eyes lighted up. Gen. Longstreet was a famous commander of the Civil War, considered to be, along with Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Stonewall Jackson, one of the most battle successful in a war that would be lost. He is from my hometown of Gainesville.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Something the other day took me back to a time, many years ago
My grandmother, born and bred in the backwoods of the mountains, had the average education of that region. Longing to better herself intellectually and mentally, she was a serious devotee of crossword puzzles.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Storytelling is in the blood of Southerners
You can be a good storyteller without being a good flirt. But you cannot be a great flirt without being a terrific storyteller.
THE DIXIE DIVA: My husband has opened my eyes to something I took for granted
It happens all the time. Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.
THE DIXIE DIVA: When it gets down to it, you just need a truck
In the South, a man is known for the truck he drives.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Coach Lofton touched many lives during his life
I saw coaches, roaring like lions on the sidelines or in the locker rooms, become gentle lambs at the appropriate time when a player’s personal life called for compassion. I saw them take fatherless boys and rebellious ones and guide them onto the path of respectability. I watched them make a difference when the rest of the world turned a blind eye.
THE DIXIE DIVA: The sexiest men drive pickup trucks and carry pocket knives.
A few months ago, a reader showed up at an event I was doing and handed me a newspaper clipping of a column I wrote eight or nine years ago. He grinned happily after he asked me to sign it. “That’s me to a tee.” He reached into his pocket and pulled out a Case knife. “Got more at home, too.” He pointed out the window. “That’s my truck, too. Got another one at home.”
THE DIXIE DIVA: Bedelle Nix, a memorable name for an unforgettable woman
As my sister’s mother-in-law, Mama B, as she was known all over the countryside, became part of our family when I was seven. This introduction into our family meant that Mama B, a strong, mindful woman, would meet the closest thing to a match she would ever encounter: My mama.