THE DIXIE DIVA: What seems important at the time often isn't
Many of the things that are breaking our backs today won’t be remembered on down the road.
Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense.
My worst fears are about to be realized: Mama has announced her intentions to write a book.
We all make bad decisions in our lifetime in one way or the other.
When I think back on the days of my youth, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Low-fat buttermilk has no place in a Southern home
Always choose a Southern doctor, preferably an overweight one, over a fussy California physician.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Paying attention to small signs can help you prepare for big events
Nature has inside information it will share if you only know where to look.
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.