DIXIE DIVA: We learn much more than we’ll ever realize from our parents.
There are few who cannot say truthfully that they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones.
DIXIE DIVA: Childhood memories are a powerful thing
What I can’t figure is why we return so longingly to the foods of our childhood and our homeland.
DIXIE DIVA: Everybody needs somebody sometimes
We all need someone to tell us our dream isn’t crazy and that we have what it takes.
A man reaps what he sows - or what he doesn’t sow.
That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn’t turn out well.
THE DIXIE DIVA: Life is a puzzle with pieces that click into place
You never know where fame will find you. Sometimes it’s even at a homecoming service at a church.
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.