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RICH: Bless your heart, dear

The Dixie Diva

She said it, of course, with smirk. Those women who really don’t understand the ways of the women of the South seem to always speak about us in words that are vividly cloaked in disdain. Whenever someone says “you Southern women,” it is not going to be a hymn of praise.

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RICH: What Charlie Tinker saw

The Dixie Diva

(This is the third part of a three-part series on a visit to Charlie Tinker’s grave.) It is the summer of 1865 and, according to Charlie Tinker’s diaries, it has been a summer of oppressive heat, its airless steaminess made more miserable by the heavy sorrow that he and his colleagues have shouldered since the death of their commander-in-chief, Abraham Lincoln.


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