THE DIXIE DIVA: Memories bind us together later in life
Southerners are always buoyed by a sense of place and the stories that unfold there. For us – the pretty redhead girl and me – it was summer Sunday afternoons.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Be careful what you ask for - - especially if it's powered
Having great power tools comes with great responsibility.
DIXIE DIVA: Fire can't destory memories
One of Daddy’s self-penned mantras danced in my head as I looked around. “Kid, never worry over that which money and hard work can replace.”
THE DIXIE DIVA: Ouch, right in the frugal bone
To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried. My husband, raised not in the South or in the country, wanted a chainsaw. The one farm accessory that has brought down many a man. From an early age, I was taught respect for that chewing, sawing, respect-for-no-man power tool.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Miss Elinor might be a hundred, but she sure has got the lingo down
Well, Miss Elinor, here’s what I have to say to you and I want to say it publicly through the dozens of newspapers across the Southeast that carry this column, including your beloved Brunswick News: I can tell by the time that you have taken to encourage someone in a world that is not always kind that your South is one of gentility and warmth.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Learning to cope is the gift of enduring many trials
If I could go back in time and give the younger me one piece of advice, it would be this: “Minimize the drama. Step over a disappointment and move onward to a new opportunity.”
THE DIXIE DIVA: America, as a land of opportunity, is at her best when the chips are down
When I’m accused of having lost touch with hard-working Americans who have faced misfortune, it’s a stab to the heart because I have long been one of those Americans.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Dry weather and red clay are formidable foes
I think of Rowan Oak when I look at my yard and remember what Faulkner told his wife, Estelle, when she told him that she would like to restore the gardens and make a pretty place of it. I can imagine him now, tilting his head down to look up at her when he spoke sternly: “Only new money would ruin a garden like that.”
THE DIXIE DIVA: 'Justified' captures the Appalachian South
Here’s what “Justified” does best: It gets the Appalachian South right without reducing us to mockery or ridicule.
THE DIXIE DIVA: I toss nothing until it completely withers
Pragmatism and caution prevents you from throwing out things that are reusable.
THE DIXIE DIVA: A little advice gives a friend her just desserts
People who think they’re out of control have enough discipline to correct the problem. It’s the ones who don’t see that they have a problem who have a problem.
THE DIXIE DIVA: When you are gone, folks remember what you did, not what is written about you
Will I be remembered dramatically different by people than the good things heralded in my “good-bye world” death notice?
THE DIXIE DIVA: Filing away recipes cut from publications can take a while
There’s a fine line between saving something and hoarding.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Grant Tinker helped numerous people get their first jobs
While Grant Tinker has been an influence on television, his greatest influence was allowing his sons to make it in the entertainment business on their own merits.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful
Tink says often how he loves this South of mine – a place of hospitality, neighborliness, hard work and prayers.