THE DIXIE DIVA: Swerving will not let you avoid the problem
NASCAR drivers are great sources of wisdom when it comes to risk taking, generosity, dream chasing, kindness and loyalty.
THE DIXIE DIVA: As a rule, in the South you are either proud or humble
What I have come to learn, though it has taken a few decades, is that humility, while noble, can be as destructive as pride.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Stories of moutain religion harken to another time
Some stories, including old-time religion and and the days of moonshine toting ridge-runners, are best told in black and white.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Historical fact or legend? It’s all fascinating.
Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Who wants to be boringly completely normal?
Maw-Maw was smart as a whip, but she also had her peculiarities.
TH DIXIE DIVA: Every kid should spend part of the summer doing some old fashioned hard work
When battling writer’s block, making an assault on Hell’s Hill a source of inspiration.
FEATURES COLUMN: Southern manners tend to rub off on others
There are many things I love about the South. But here’s what I love just a little bit better than all the rest: We believe mightily in courtesy and manners.
THE DIXIE DIVA: The score always gets settled, but often not as fast as you would like
Lessons of honesty taught by our parents pay off big when we practice them in life.
THE DIXIE DIVA: A mission to raise status of Robert E. Lee makes bigger hero out of Charlie Tinker
The diaries of Charlie Tinker, a friend of President Abraham Lincoln, are the first comments on Lincoln by a friend to be unearthed in the last 100 years, one historian notes.
THE DIXIE DIVA: One Christmas tree in particular brings joy every year, a scrapbook of days past
Christmas is the time that we pack expectations into every package we wrap and for weeks anticipate that one, perfect Currier-Ives day.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Keeping a close eye on finances is a habit that never goes away
Taking care of necessities and bills first might cut our luxuries, but you sure do sleep better at night.
THE DIXIE DIVA: An encouraging individual can make a difference in another’s life
To give warmth to a person’s body is admirable but to warm his soul with hope is a gift everlasting.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Thank the Lord for heartaches as well as blessings
Whether this has been a year that leaned more toward blessings or tribulations, give thanks for it.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Facing life with a big smile was natural for Davey Allison
Two decades after his untimely death, memories of Davey Allison focus on the joy that he exuded every day.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Inspiration for a home-cooked meal leads to guilt over the cost
A trip to the grocer leads to feelings of sliping away from the values of Mama.